I was having this discussion earlier today with a friend of mine. I told him how I bought a used 1999 MIM strat cheap a few months ago. I had an 80’s MIJ Squire neck that I preferred over the stock MIM. I ended up selling off the neck, bridge, and pickups for almost the cost of the guitar. He then asked why I’m parting out vintage instruments. To me, as good as the MIM guitars are I just can’t consider them as vintage. I have an ‘86 SG and an ‘84 explorer which he says is considered vintage. He almost had a small meltdown when I told him I got rid of the stock pickups in the SG and installed a set of DiMarzio PAF. Then I told him I also swapped out the stock pickups in the Explorer as well with some Duncan’s. He says that if I ever decide to sell then I’ll be lucky to get $500 since I ruined two vintage guitars. So, what’s considered vintage? No arguments please, just looking for some opinions. I know this can be a hot button topic so let’s all be cool.