This is a small tale about one of our industry's pillars, Mr. Mike Reeder of Mike's Music. Seems that at this past weekend's Nashville show, Lee and I were walking around and checking things out when we happened upon a situation. A somewhat tall fellow was dragging around what looked to be a '66 CAR Jazz bass and a brown, 50's Les Paul case in which, we later found out contained the last uncirculated 'Burst on earth in mint condition. Also, tucked under his arm was a small cardboard box with the word "Mattel" on it in pink letters.
He walked up to Mike who was just chillin' in his booth and we heard him ask, "Hey man, you interested in this bass or Les Paul"? Well, Mike's eyes got as big as 20" Dub rims and the guy held up the Jazz bass. Mike didn't say anything- he only shook his head and pointed. "Oh, you want to see the Les Paul" the guy said and pulled it out of the case. It was so stunning, everyone in the room stopped talking and one lady's baby started crying. It was that nice and without a doubt, beyond putting a price on. We all just stood there as Mike's neck swelled up and his eyes bulged- he was still shaking his head and pointing while trying to catch his breath. The guy looked at Mike and then blurted out, "Oh, you mean this old thing" and opened the cardboard box, revealing the only known Barbiecaster ever to exist.
"It's just something I found in my Grandma's attic and thought it might be worth a couple of bucks" the guy said and it was at that exact moment that Mike reached into his bag and pulled out the largest two fist-fulls of $100 dollar bills we'd ever seen and flung them at the guy. We all just stood there in amazement as Mike grabbed the Barbiecaster while simultaneously kicking the 'Burst case into the corner of the room, distracting everybody else. As we all ran for the Les Paul, Mike jumped into the 'Burstmobile and took off out of the parking lot with tires smoking. Nothing but dust was left.
After we had all caught our breaths and the now- wealthy fellow had left, (smiling broadly) Mike eased into the back door of the show and asked if the coast was clear. He was the happiest we had ever seen him and in his hand was an FBI- certified, FAA- approved carrying case handcuffed to his arm. Lee and I waited until the show was almost over and after three hours of pleading, got Mike to pose with his new treasure. The pictures below show the "before and after" of what was the most insane guitar purchase we have ever seen and we'd like to say "Kudos" to Mr. Reeder for scooping the rarest guitar ever built. We just can't figure out who made off with that silly brown Les Paul case.....