Re: Vintage 1957 Custom
that's like when i saw my strat in the store. this was way back when i didn't know anything about guitars. it said fender 62' reissue. i didn't know what reissue meant (not in this context) and the guitar definitely looked played and worn. so i figured that is was a legit 1962 strat. bought it for 1000$. played it, loved it. started doing research after the fact and educated myself that the guitar was just modeled after the 1962 strat specs. turns out the guitar was made in 1986. which i still nice because it's already starting to appreciate a bit.
but yeah you're friend is either confused or talking out of his ass. and in the off chance that he's not. he's about to score the deal of the century.