Alvinfan: No, I don't think Kevins guitar is a reissue just because of its pristine condition. My '61 has ZERO lacquer cracks in the finish. The only blemishes on are a couple of small finish blemishes on the back in the area of the front strap lock due to (I am told) chemical reaction between the chemicals in the strap and the lacquer. No more belt buckling than on your average new guitar hanging on a music store wall. It does nave some wear on the nickel plating on the trem cover from my placing my hand there in the years in the 60s when I played it quite a bit. And, other than the fact that the tuners have been replaced with absolutely accurate ones, it looks like the day in '61 when I carried it out of the music store in Tulsa. So it is very possible to have a 50 year old guitar in this pristine condition without suspecting "reissue".