Welcome to you, from Perth. We do have a big country.
The SE Paul is an awesome guitar. I was going to buy one, but splurged on an S2 594. I think the Paul had slightly better split coil sounds (JUST) so it's super versatile and great to play.
That's a decent demo isn't it.
The Stone Blue there and in other vids looks way better than the release pics. That's probably what I would go for.
As expected priced very similar to the SE Paul's in Australia. I'll put it on the list for one day.
That is a lot of hostility for something that has zero impact on your life.
YouTube is a great resource for teaching - not just guitar obviously. I don't think of it as influencing as much as informing.
Some of us live in parts of the planet where we're unlikely to see new products for weeks...
Looks pretty normal to me for an SE245.
They're all veneers unless I'm mistaken, so not sure you'd see much difference between tops anyway.
It it feels good, and plays good, and still looks pretty good, I'd say you're good to go.