Thanks guys. It's still a secret NGD though. It only comes out when my wife is at work. But when a vintage piece comes along you have to jump, you know? There's no telling when or if another of these would become available. I'm practicing that saying for when she finally sees it.
It's true though. It's been years since I've seen a complete Red Burst 540R for sale. And even longer since I've seen a Jewel Blue 540R HH.
LMAO! I used to to that with my ex-wife. She was a waitress where a lot of cash happy, lonely blue collar types would dine. They would buy a muffin and coffee and drop a five or ten for tip. They were older and loved to talk to a 20 year old girl. She would come home every day with so much cash she washed her jeans with wads of money still in the pockets. I used to have to go through laundry, press the bills, and then deposit into bank. Either way, she didn't notice or care because in her job, in the economy then, money grew on trees. Those were the times.
As for vintage gear, I didn't have to be into just one company. I could buy stuff, then not have to decide on features or colors but get them all. When I did bring in a new guitar, about once a month, she never really cared even when it was largely her money. It was just furniture. She had her addiction to clothes and as long as I took her to mall, I got to drive up and down California coast and snatch up guitars.
These days I am married, but to different and much more realistic lady, and I am more realistic, too. I got the GAS out of my system having bought 60 odd guitars and helping a buddy of mine acquire 40 odd instruments so I only have Artcore and another electric. All the great vintage stuff won't sound all that different or make you play any better so I am glad to have ditched those collecting days and my playing has actually improved since I can get used to the nuances of just a neck or two and spend all time and energy learning how to play all the stuff that was too difficult in the past.
Yes, I would love a Radius 540 but only if I lose the ESP first since I could never find the time to become one with three different electric guitars.