i think "nearly" is the key word in that statement- though i cant attest to its validity- and a perfect forgery is only perfect until its debunked. im sure some never have been- art- antique- or otherwise. as for proof- my gut tells me there has to be a way to prove authenticity- however- it also tells me that said process would require samples/processes that would moreorless render the item valueless. worth it? as has been said- its all relative. ive played some early 60s jazz basses- and while they did sound good- i wouldnt even pay 2 grand for one- except to flip it. i very rarely play clean- which may have a lot to do with it. i had a pre-eb stingray until it got lost/stolen/orsomething- and replaced it with a 2band eb version. i dont miss the vintage model one bit- but thats me. it felt cool to have something rare- but it felt even worse losing it- especially since i envisioned some crackhead pawning it for 50 bucks. on a completely related note- im about to ebay a pickguard made of 100% shroud of turin- so- keep an eye out people.