This is my 2008 '57 LP SC RI the way I received it Spring 2009. Never really was too happy with the refinished White Gloss though I was very happy with the lower price! The guitar came with the Custom Shop Case Paperwork & of course the COA. I verified the 'stickered' serial # (yes that's right, stickered serial# in place of the inked one) with Gibson along with some pics & it came back as a 2008 '57 Vintage Burst LP Junior Reissue. Well, I found the original Burst underneath the 1/8" thick white gloss paint. I stripped the entire guitar as there was no way to save the original factory finish. The Junior on the right was my inspiration. Cherry Nitro available through Stewmac. I was on a mission! Very happy with the results I let it cure for a full month then began the final finish & polish as well as putting it all back together (my wife does all my solder work as I SUCK @ it). Vintage Death CAP (Black Beauty) pulled from a late '50's Gibson GA-5T It sounds AWESOME! Just as I thought after removing so many layers of finish. It really came out even better than I had hoped & to date I've done 8 Gibby refinishes & this will be my 1st one that I'm actually KEEPING for myself. Hope you all enjoyed the story & pictorial as much as I did working on this project. I've already got two, err, three new dings on her & I'm LOVING IT!