Scott Kennerson is a luthier in Michigan who has discovered a niche in making custom aged guitars. He builds new instruments and then distresses them in ways that naturally occur over the life of a guitar:
Proper distressing requires a deep understanding of how a guitar is played: Knowing where a sweaty palm wears the finish from the neck, a belt buckle scrapes paint from the body, a cigarette tucked into the low E string burns the headstock. It also means knowing how time changes the tone and feel of a guitar.
Kenerson can build a new guitar that looks old and plays like butter in about 10 hours. It’ll run you about $1,500.