Just got back from TDY in Monterey, CA. During my limited free time (a short day was 12 hours), I made it over to Rumble Seat Music in Carmel-By-The-Sea. I saw a Gibson "Goldie" on display on the wall and asked if it was the Custom Shop version. I was told no, it was the real one. I asked if I could hold it, and was told "Sure, why don't you plug her in and play her?" I almost fainted. Anyway, they plugged me into the bright side of a vintage Blackface Bassman and let me have at it. I'm a lousy player and I was scared to death I would drop her, but I managed to crank out a few lead lines that didn't sound half bad. My hands were shaking when I finally handed her back over. It was truly an uplifting experience. My thanks go out to the guys at Rumble Seat. Note that the guitar was not for sale. It was just on loan from the owner for display purposes.