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Not uncommon for one or more frets to sit too high on those. Sometimes it's enough with a proper setup, sometimes it's enough to knock the high frets down, sometimes they need a full fret dress and setup. Either way it's well worth getting it done, as they are generally good guitars. :)
I had a 2001 Classic many years ago where I swapped the pickups for Lollars, the electronics for an RS Kit and the bridge and stoptail to parts from an R9. It didn't devalue the guitar, but I certainly didn't get back the money I paid for the parts.
If the question was: Would I buy a regular Gibson if it was made outside the USA, at a cheaper price, but with the same specs and quality, the answer would be: Most likely.
CS Gibsons? Probably not, even though the price is way too high for me at the time being to even consider one.
One thing I’m quite certain of, is that I don’t think Fender assumes anything regarding to what will sell or not. My guess is that they are quite in control of that after 70 years in the business. It could simply be that Fender has experienced that guitars with 7,25” fretboard radius don’t sell...
Sorry, but 22 years doesn't equal vintage. Actually, even 50 years old doesn't mean vintage. The term vintage is use for goods of an era specifically known for superiour quality and therefore highly demanded.
Nice guitar you have there, but it isn't anywhere near vintage in any way.
No fretnibs could mean that it's been refretted at some point, so that alone doesn't prove it's fake, but there are signs of fishiness here (such as white colored serial number), as several has stated above. Ask the seller for detailed pictures of the pickup and control cavities, underside of...
😅 I chose this pic because my 2013 Memphis ES 335 is a very plain cherry. I bought this new in 2013 when Luthman did a campaign on ES-335 dots here in Europe (Norway) that year. I contacted Vintagegitar here in Norway, who had 3 of them in stock, and asked them to ship me the best one of those...