I got to play Relic'd Fender Custom Shop Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass the other day and to put it mildly it was the most amazing 4 string bass I have ever played. It was also almost $3600. My praise is primarily a statement of its tone. The tone was just awesome and it did feel great. My question is can anybody shed any light on the Custom Shop Relic vs. the un-relic'd signature model at $1600 or whatever they cost? I am currently trying to figure out if I can live without that bass (the relic) and of course how to pay for it as it is more than double what I have ever paid for an instrument. I'd be curious to hear from anybody who has played both. The Relic factor means nothing to me and I'd almost rather have a shinny new looking instrument. But not at the cost of the tone.