Gotta love a company that identifies various of its own newer guitars as "vintage" while departing from the original spec and also changing the nature of those changes. Fender has done a terrific job -- Martin, too, and Gibson as well -- spinning so many variants that they can now baffle customers so much that they can't successfully pursue whatever criteria they really care about. One point worth remembering is that Fender finishes mostly suck from a purist standpoint. They are intended to be efficient and economical to produce-- always have been -- and while some eras offer a decent harmony of materials and techniques at least somewhat appropriate for a musical instrument, that is not usually the case. When Fender uses nitro today, it is not the material that we find on old guitars, nor is it used in the manner found on good old guitars. It's fairly cruddy stuff, and only part of the finish. With Fenders, I go for looks -- translucent blonde over ash is one of the best looks I've ever seen on a guitar -- and I don't lose sleep over the material (except for the really plastic-y thick skins) because I can't perceive a sonic difference.