My dad had a Gibson Les Paul Jr. He and my mom died 16 years ago and my brother got it. No telling where it is now. I know my dad had it since around 1960. Not sure how long before that.Just think of those poor cats who have vintage Gibson Les Paul guitars that are worth $50,000.00. You would have to buy an insurance policy just to keep it around.
I agree. The problem with such good photos is things can actually look worse than in real life, e.g. what appears to be a buffing mark under the thumbrest.I don't think it is re-lacquered. Although it is always best to see the actual instrument rather than pictures, everything about this one says original to me.