I think I have a decent grasp of the layer system, after reading several threads here and trying it out myself with a few exercises.
I would describe "The Golden Age Look" as roughly the same as "The Power Look", but with less emphasis on the traps, more emphasis on the arms, and more emphasis on lat width. Strong upper back, wide shoulders, bigger arms, wide lats, broad high-arched chest. Examples being Don Howorth, Larry Scott, John Farbotnik, Steve Reeves and so on.
According to all the articles I've found, that look relied primarily on Behind-the-Neck Presses, regular Military Presses, weighted pullups/chinups and weighted dips. (And, of course, squats.)
For me, I like BTN Presses and wide-grip weighted chest dips. I think they've contributed more to that look on me than anything else. Granted, incline/Decline tilt bench will probably work just as well as the dips. I don't think there's an adequate substitute for the BTN press.
How would you incorporate layers to produce that look? What exercise selection would you use?
I'd really like to use the layer system, but "the power look" isn't quite what I'm looking for.
Mostly, I think the SGHPs will overdevelop the traps for that look. I'm also not sure that lat width and arm size are addressed enough with any of the exercise selections I've seen so far.