Hi Scott, (while trying not to sound like I'm crawling up your backside) like to say I think you're being really generous with your time and experience here. Top man.
Anyway, to business! Do you have an opinion on the very early G&Ls? I know you're a fan of the slightly later more traditional strat and tele setup models. A local shop (in the UK) has a 1980 F 100-I, haven't had a close look yet but think it's the passive model with phase switch rather than active boost. Original case and G&L certificate, £900 (abt $1,200 I guess) or whatever I can get them down to. Apart from being a cool guitar to own and play, feel like this is only going to become more valuable.
In the spirit of this thread, here's the link http://www.cranesmusicstore.com/gl1980f100ielectricguitarpreowned-p-4832.html
Anyone who takes this fella from under my nose better look after him!
PS in the store this is hidden behind 2 bog standard 79 strats with £1,000 more
on them! How does that happen? Churned out by the 1000s to a 50's design. Just look at the bridges of the two side by side. One looks like a piece of engineering the other like it was knocked together in a high school metalwork class. Sorry, rant over.