You beat me to it.
I'm also a believer in the notion that it wasn't someone with incredible forethought about what 59 bursts would be worth. Yes, they were pricey even back then, but I can't imagine someone would intentionally steal the ledger of guitars worth $5-10k (early 80s before the...
S/N Font wrong.
Modern fret nibs.
Logo is wrong
Cavity plate screw holes not right
Compare it to this real '60
Or this one...
That's badass. Congrats. (And congrats to myself for picking a top that is pretty good with respect to the bald spot.)
Here's the original from a similar angle, when it was on the wall at the Custom Shop shop to compare colors with a test guitar they painted. (Your pic is more red, but I'm...
That headstock is awfully shiny and clean to warrant a replacement decal/logo.
Was it sold with a repaired headstock break or as a refin?
That photo of the back of headstock looks like there is a darker area.
Look very very very closely at the area/grain pattern between the green lines. My...
Strange wear / non-wear all at the same time. Original frets, and good physical condition, but flaky finish all over, rewound pickups, and missing LP logo. Neck has a different patina, and what looks like a 'different' shaped heel.
As long as people keep using the absurd definition of "25 years to be vintage", then the average prices will drop, particularly when times are tough.
And as long as people try to treat the vintage market as one monolithic thing, they will make mistakes.
Blue-chip era guitars are a more...