It IS brand new … with a few dings, which I’d have put there anyway! I turned a few screws to take the pickguard off for set-up, and it felt as if they had never been turned since factory… now I know they HAD been turned, because Mimmo’s tech was busy with the guitar, but it feels so new! It’s my one new acquisition that I won’t crack open in order to see the neck and body stamps. Why mess with perfection? Fender Customer Service can tell me what year this baby is from… let the bolts stay where they are!