Yes, the serial number seems way to high for black parts.
>>Re: Manufacturing Date 1957 Goldtops
>>Not really. Serial numbers were not necessarily in numerical order.
>>There are left handed PAF 57 Goldtops with cream parts that have lower serial numbers than right hand black parts versions. [Burst Serial]
But then, how does this fit?
I suggest that anyone contemplating the purchase at the top end of the vintage guitar market (Burst, PAF GT, rare Strat, etc):
1) Get the funds together
2) Go shopping. This doesn't mean doing a search on Google. It means going to shows, meeting and most importantly developing a rapport with influential figures in the marketplace. Sure, there's some assholes, but most are just normal people who happen to be really into vintage guitars, usually for decades. Most of these hard-to-get guitars are sold from one collector to another, with the facilitator taking their cut--they're not hanging on the wall at a "vintage guitar shop", waiting for a sucker.
3) Take your time. Be respectful. If someone does you a solid by informing you of a potential buy, don't immediately start arguing over price. There is almost always some wiggle room, but don't obsess over it.
If you approach the project with humility and intelligence, you'll wind up a lot closer to the price-guide price than the YouTube price.
# 7 25xx on my black plastic one. it smokes my burst. my pals cream plastic one smokes his burst.All the ones I have seen [that seemed original] had low serial numbers.
Seems like 7-3XXX and higher are cream. :hmm