Vintage electric guitars of all makes are growing in value each year, especially those made in the late 50s and early 60s. Their popularity among musicians and collectors has created a huge demand, and to that end Fender and Gibson are both making reissue models that adhere to the exact specifications of the guitars made in that era. But it’s not just the way those vintage guitars look; after all the designs haven’t changed much. It’s all about the way they sound.
Much of the sound of vintage electric guitars comes from the pickups of course, but the seasoned wood has a role to play, particularly the wood of the fret board. Older wood makes for solid fingering which increases a player’s ability to sustain notes. That can’t be manufactured. It just takes time.