have a 2003-4 Telecaster... doesn't at all look relic'd, but definitely doesn't look new at all.... to me i look at it and see that its been loved. I treat it like my baby, but I play it hard and she loves it.
My #1 player from '78 - '91 was a '78 LP Std. By '91, it was pretty well relic'd. Paint worn from the neck from the 2nd to the 6th frets, lots of ding's, nicks, scratches and some gouges as well. Finish wasn't checked at all because I kept it from the elements.
Hardware and pickup covers were sans chrome by then--kind of a matte finish. Binding was completely yellow from years of gigging.
It still didn't look ANYTHING like the relic job on either of my two strats! The LP was just 'ugly' from use.