The main reason we like vintage gear is the story connected to it. A ‘54 strat was there at the beginning. The marks are proof of where it’s been since.
Getting an instrument from a maker is another way of becoming part of the story connected to an instrument. My life and work has brought me to this spot, and yours brought you here too. How convenient. It’s a mechanism of connection in a culture where we are trying to reconnect with each other in tangible ways.