I bought my G&L S-500 at a pawn shop in Grapevine, Texas, in the late 80s. It had flatwound jazz strings on it, and the bridge was jacked up off the body about an inch. Totally unplayable, and that's probably why it was tagged for such a low price. I took it home for $150, and it's been my favorite guitar for nearly 30 years. Pawn shops used to really be cool. Flea markets, too. You just never knew what you'd find.