That's a stunning guitar and it's really a shame that the previous owner or whoever refinished it did that. I'm an older guy in my late fifties and I've had oh my God over 30 35 guitars over the years. I've had three 1950s Les Paul's and a 63 Stratocaster and a 66 ES-335. Unfortunately they're all gone. When the economy dumped I had to move some guitars. Anyway I was going to say speaking of refinished Les Paul's I had a 54 Les Paul with P90s and stop tailpiece. It too was refinished. Somebody had taken the gold tie and refinished it and they did a natural satin finish and believe it or not I wish I had a picture, the top in its natural state with stunning! It was quilted Maple not flame and it look like a PRS. It was completely book bookmatched and stunning. Unbelievable depth to the quilt. The other 50s Les Paul's I had were a 55 custom and a 56 custom with a Bigsby. They were both all original although they didn't have the original cases. And they were wonderful! But, throughout the years the guitar that really caught me was a 1970 Les Paul Deluxe that I bought brand-spanking-new in January of 1971. I paid a whopping $546! Anyway that guitar actually had better tone then the 1950s Les Paul's that I had maybe with the exception of the 56 with a Bigsby. So it survived buying and selling 30-plus guitars over the years for the sound to look and the sentimental value! Thank you so much for your post I really enjoyed it!Enjoy!