Re: J Custom JCS21 on **** with a clear coated top??
So yours has no coating of the weird paper finish on top? I remember seeing these quite some years ago, but never paid attention to that, as I thought/assumed they were clear-coated. Had you not mentioned it, that'd still have been my assumption.
I also noticed this on the Bay the other day, and in addition to the price being quite steep even for this kind of guitar, I was very curious about that conspicuous spot on the lower front area, right below the cable jack, where the finish looks just... plain oddly finished, not what I'd expect to see on such a JC. That, and your comment above, leads me to wonder- if these originally were not clear-coated, then I bet you this was blemished, attempted to half-ass fix (looks like the spot/paper there was sanded down), and ultimately decided to clear-coat it, to try make it look stock to the regular eye. The seller seems to carry quite some other musical items, so may be a store who bought it cheap, "fixed" it, and is trying to sell for a hefty profit.