I have a black 93 Strat that people still mistake for new. I bought it at GC, about 5+ years ago, on the condition that the tech I use and Fender both determine its year and authenticity that it was a '93, and all origional and both confirmed that.
If someone hit that sucker with a sander, It would really be hard not to gouge their eyes out. I know faux aging vs. real aging are personal tastes, and exactly that (it's your money and your guitar, do what you want), but I just don't get it. Never will. It's like buying a mint condition '69 Z28 camaro, beating the crap out of it with a hammer, and hitting a lot of the dents with bondo and some primer, to my imagination.
people do this with cars too lol
the rat rods have been going on for awhile