I'd simply be grateful that I had a beloved #1. It's not difficult to find an authentic 57 goldtop or a 68 fretless wonder, relatively. What's difficult to find is a beloved number one. My number one [probably my 50th purchase in trying to find a beloved #1] turns out to be a beat up old K-Line telecaster "copy". It has a Fender "Custom" neck. I assumed it was a Fender custom shop guitar until I was inside it once and discovered "K-Line" and "Lollar" written in there. Meh. Good for K-Line! Good for me! I have more expensive guitars. I have less expensive guitars. My love for it developed over time. I simply without thinking too much, kept reaching for that one. I've never spent a moment thinking of it as a fake or copy. I'm just glad somebody created it, and a passed it to my hands. Here is the last comment I "liked" in the Gibson threads. It expresses the definitive core sentiment for me. It comes to mind here... Having a beloved #1 even lays that impeccable comment to rest. Once you have a beloved, it redefines authentic. Everything else doesn't completely even seem like a guitar.