I CANT be the only one tired of this crap. An ibanez that is "relic'd" is abused and neglected and poorly taken care of. A gibson that is "relic'd" is the same, but a fender.... throw that bad boy off a cliff, drop it in bars, smash it on counter tops, and it now has "mojo".
Drives me bananas. The ad that I saw was a Tom Delonge MIM strat.
"The body is a Fender Tom Delonge Hardtail in Daphne Blue, somewhat relic'd (it has a big paint chip near the strap button and a few other dings, which provide character). The pickups and assembly are Fender Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature. " (i.e. it looks like he dropped it several times, and didnt take care of it at all)
So "adding character" to fenders is ok, and desired, but doesnt hurt the value? I just dont understand people...