I don't know if anyone can believe this...as I can hardly believe it, myself.
Anyway, driving home two days ago, I happened to see someone on the side of the road selling a bunch of garbage and amidst all this garbage, I caught a glimpse of a reverse headstock.
My spider-senses were going crazy as I thought to myself, "Holy hell, turn around, turn around!" So, I whipped a U-turn in the middle of traffic, over the median, right past a homeless guy and narrowly missing a huge pile of Florida's famous roadkill. You can never really tell exactly what that spot used to be... Was it a possum, was it an armadillo, was it Grandma?
Anyway, after skidding into and finally parking in the middle of the McDonald's drive-thru line, I walked up the this pile of "stuff" this person was selling. I wish I could just tell you that the old guy selling the stuff was a toothless redneck weirdo..but I also have to add that he was a pretty creepy mouth-breather, too.
So, I started playing this reversed headstock guitar and I played it hard. Even though the strings were probably as old as the guitar. After about 20 minutes, I noticed there was no price tag, so I asked Billy-Bob "How much?"
My heart dropped when he said "I'll take $50" I started scanning the guitar with my laser vision for any signs of a break, a repair, a loose neck pocket, anything, ANYTHING that would make this guy want to get rid of it so cheap. After a thorough investigation, I found out that this guy was the original owner (No joke, he actually had the receipt) and hasn't upgraded or swapped out any parts. Everything is 100% original, but he also hadn't played it in many years, so he wasn't sure if the electronics worked.
The only flaws that I found were one chip in the paint, two tuning key washers missing, and a light coat of rust on the Kahler bridge and pole pieces of the bridge pickup. Other than those very minor flaws, this guitar is in pretty damn good condition.
So, for $50... I picked up a genuine Signature Peavey Vandenberg. Serial number 00000497
I took it home, cleaned it up, slapped new strings on it and made sweet, sweet love to it. I fingered that guitar's fretboard for hours.
Now, my question to anyone who knows is... How much is this thing worth? (I don't plan to sell it, I ask merely to satisfy my curiosity.)
What pickups came with this stock? There's no markings on the top or bottom and the single coil in the neck has some remnants of a signature, but it's not legible.
And any other information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
And finally, who else loves Adrian Vandenberg as much as I do?
That serial number is insane dude. So sick.