I bought a 61 Standard at a very good price. I received the guitar this past Saturday & I can't put it down! If you're buying from a company Sweetwater, Zzzsounds, etc they have very friendly return policies but I can recommend the 61.
The guitar's birthday is 12-7-20 so it's fairly new...
The guy that mentioned the heavy lacquer on the back of your headstock suggesting that your guitar was another color before Pelham Blue may be on to something.
I have the same exact model & I'm posting a pic of the back of my headstock & you can clearly see the differences between our SG's.
Wow, that's crazy! I have the same guitar & I also installed a poker chip. I bought mine in Dec of 2017 & I have never taken it out of the house but I don't have any of paint issues you do. Strange that when you took possession nothing was there. If you love your guitar as I love mine just rock it!
Guitar Center has a 45 day return policy if you have a G.C. locally you can bring it there. Your family way over paid for that guitar. If you want to keep it go to G.C. or call their customer service & tell them you were sold a special @ a Standards price & they might give you back the...