Despite being a relic finish, it's ironic how the LTD ST-203's hardware are perfectly flawless & shiny. Even the scratchplate screws are fresh.
It's also noted that the distressed bits are confined to the edges of the body. One more thing- these patches look the works but upon handling, you'd be disappointed they are not bare wood. Yes, there's actually a finish overcoat there.
The worn bits under the LTD decal are actually of equal measurements- I measured them.
The 'seasoned' neck rear is strictly by virtue of its stained look; it feels brand new.
OK, enough physical scrutiny already. I'm not exposing the manufacturer's commercial pseudo-relic bits here as necessary deception by any means; the purpose of this sharing is the awareness (& acceptance) that, in this price bracket, they are actually controlled tamperings.