The title says it all. I'm mainly referring, literally, to the 100's of vintage guitars/basses (primarily guitars), that were extensively modded during the 70's-80's. Back in the day (70's-80's), it seemed as if every gigging musician I ran across, played (or, at least owned, at one time, or another) a vintage Strat, Les Paul, Precision, or Jazz Bass that was butchered, modded one way, or, another. Whether it be BadAss Bridges, DiMarzio Pickups, Floyd Rose/Kahler Tremolos, scalloped fretboards (Yngwie ), etc., you get the idea. How come we don't see 'em anymore? How many of those modded guitars/basses do you think have "magically returned" to their original specs by fraudulent builders/luthiers, without us, the consumer knowing? Just wondering. Any horror stories of somebody forking over significant amounts of cash for a supposed "all original" instrument, only to find out underneath, the mods were "patched up & covered", so it could be advertised as all original? Let 'em fly!!