Finally picked up one of my personal "holy grail" guitars. I've been obsessed with this guitar since finding out about it four years ago. In that time, I don't believe I've ever seen one for sale, other than one that unfortunately had the neck removed (and the person who bought the neck repainted the headstock black!).
The original seller of the guitar (Mae Guitars) has the production of the 8620S as 16 (including one with the PR
finish). With one I know of having a non-original neck, that puts these out there in very small numbers. I know that many of the shop specials are one of six, but this is hands down the lowest production guitar I own.
The sale was one of the stranger ones I've dealt with. The seller was only about five miles away from me so I went over there to pick up the guitar. He took it out and literally handled it with tissues LOL! He'd had the guitar for a number of years and said that he had literally never played it. He seemed a little bit distraught when I told him I intended to play the guitar and had to put him at ease by saying that this was definitely a "home use only" guitar. I had to actually show him the money before he'd let me handle the guitar!
Anyway, this guitar is absolutely fantastic and was really close to a perfect setup as is. The body is absolutely flawless, not even pick swirls. There was a little dirt on the fretboard by the first few frets, but no fret wear at all. I'm sure this thing has been played, but probably only a few minutes. Frets needed to be polished up and it needed some new strings, but now I'm looking forward to using this thing for what it was designed to do!
Really sweet flamed and spalted top!