So what is a Fender Journeyman Relic Guitar? The process of finishing a Fender guitar in the style of a Journeyman relic mimics the look of a vintage guitar that has been "used but not abused".
According to Fender, a Journeyman relic finish makes the guitar look like it has been handed down or changed hands through the years, but mostly played around the house, with signs of an occasional jam session or weekend gig. A Journeyman relic finish makes the guitar looks like the “guitar has been well taken care of over the years but has finish checking, some “friendly” down-to-the-wood nicks and dings. the hardware may be a little dull, but not tarnished, showing signs of some moderate playing wear. Imagine finding a vintage guitar that someone has handed down to you or a lucky find in a pawn shop.