For what it’s worth I reject the term ‘relic’ for a naturally worn finish.Relic Strats (whether simulated or honest wear) are particularly puzzling to me. The typical wear pattern clearly shows that the bevel is in the wrong place. It was designed in the days of holding the body of the guitar up to the vocal/group mic, with the neck level or even pointing down. Leo himself saw this and improved the angle for the Jazzmaster. If Fender actually changed it on the Strat though, everybody would be up in arms.
A relic in guitar-speak is an artificially aged/damaged finish.
I do not consider thin skin, satin or tinted finishes to be relics either. Relic guitars are guitars which have chips, dings, spots worn through the finish etc. not from use but purposely as an aesthetic consideration.