I did a bit of a search before posting this. still, if it's a repeat i apologize. My guitar player is quite a fan of the fender custom shop relic strats and teles, and after shopping with him and helping him build his arsenal i have to agree with him. they are arguably the best fenders currently being made. Fender custom shop instruments are available in new old stock, closet classics, and relics. The closet classics and relics are aged artifically (the relics more so), and the NOS guitars look like they were just made. Both of us agree that for whatever reason, the relics are the better guitars, both playability and sound wise. At the most recent penn guitar show he picked up a master built esquire and that has to be one of the best axes he has. I've had no opportunity to play any relic, nos, closet classic or master built basses. has anyone tried them and what was your experience?