I was in my local SF vintage guitar shop earlier today (Real Guitars) and played a '63 J, which played very nice and sounded great by the way.., but it had its original "vintage" tort pg. Frankly speaking as one who owns a Spitfire (post #16) - the original looked flat & bland comparatively. The difference between a real vintage tort and what Mark offers is depth/richness/vibrancy. That can, but doesn't necessarily mean it is more "out front" visually - it's the difference between intent and realization. The intent is to re-create a vintage tort pg, but the realization creating it far surpasses the intent in visual quality. So in a nutshell, it captures the vibe of a vintage Fender tort, but stands alone on its own as a superior quality product.