I have a friend who is selling a vintage 1963 Es-335. SITUATION Everything is original/authentic, but there's been some work done on the top. It was like that when he got it, so there's no official explanation. There's a cosmetic blemish that borders the edge between the binding and the top the entire way around the guitar. Who knows? Could the top have been replaced? Or taken off and put back on for some crazy reason? The back strap button area shows that a tailpiece/Bigsby had been there, but there's no corresponding marks on the top of the guitar. ??? All that said, the top looks old/vintage. BUT The guitar plays great and sounds completely GLORIOUS. I mean, G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S. Freaking amazing. It couldn't sound better (unless someone else was playing it). THE DILEMMA He wants $9000. Without the issue, it might be more like $16,000 +/-. I've been looking for a Custom Shop 335 for a couple years. Knowing that would set me back $3500-$5500 depending on what I get. So, in my mind, I'm asking, is it worth the extra $4000-ish for the vintage player 335 that sounds truly incredible? Now, that's a lot of money. Keep in mind I have about $7500 of gear for sale currently.