Excellent detective work! I'd say a '97 is worth the work if you want to do it up yourself the way the want to... Case in point is in my profile photo, haven't gotten around to editing all the photos during the restoration, but the upper SG, next to my cat, was a brush-painted black piece of crappola with two poorly wired Invaders that were sold off immediately just to pay off the tankful of paint stripper that I need to bring it down to mahogany. The guitar, sold to me as a 2011, was actually one of those 2000 Specials with the factory ebony fretboard. Yes, the Kahler is my fault... but hey, I wanted an SG that kept tune better than my Vibrola'd '63. Was it a lot of work, for sure, was it worth the effort... OH YEAH!