No question about it...1957 is the definitive year for this model. I have this opinion and it is a shared one. This guitar has the very deep contours of the body and the neck is a comfortable medium size V shape. The middle pickup has had six windings removed by Lindy Fralin, there was a break in the coil. Every thing other than that is original. All the parts, finish, frets and tweed case are original. There is some fret buzzing from wear. I hope I did not sugar coat this, someone will really dig this guitar.