To me relicing is just another finish option. I've seen some great looking relic'd Teles, but they've been making Teles almost 70 years (and you can't just 'go out and buy one' of those oldies). An old Explorer should be korina though, so this one literally makes no sense at all to me. Making a relic of a guitar that came out in '58 in a finish you couldn't buy in '58? Why?