That was a spec change in 2019.
I have no opinion on any year and scratch my head at people who think that way. If you like a guitar, it's good. If you don't like it, it's bad. Who cares when it was made.
Many markets seem to be hot right now, not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
A few friends bought new cars recently and no dealer would negotiate. Talking to another friend's neighbour who is a sales manager said they can't keep cars on the lot. Pay for sticker or get out.
No horror stories, thankfully. The only dumb buyer I've dealt with was a guy who wanted to take my $5k PRS PS and then pay for it over three months. Can't believe people are stupid enough to even ask that.
Each guitar is different, it's not like neck dive is specif to any particular model, the only ones that guaranteed shouldn't neck dive are the guitars with Maestros because of the added weight at the bottom.
Should be 57 Classics. I believe Burstbuckers were used across the board starting in 2003.
Eithet way, just look at the underside for any stickers. 57s should only have black PAF stickers. BBs should have a second white sticker explaining what they are.
You haven't even seen the guitar in person and are ready to make an offer? Email him one last time with your phone number and that you want to buy it. Leave it at that. Personally, I get annoyed by buyers/sellers who just stick with email. Phone numbers usually mean you are more serious than...