A local pawn shop has a 2007 Gibson ES-355 in antique cherry, gold hardware with Bigsby and case that is in mint condition for $2000. According to the original receipt that was in the case, the guitar was purchased from GC in 04/2007 for approx. $3,500. There was no COA in the case. I an seriously considering pulling the trigger on this one, but I have never purchased from a pawn shop before......any advice? The pawn shop would not let me write down the serial number.......do you think it's hot? Mike Update: Thanks everyone for your comments. I resolved all my questions/concerns and bought the guitar yesterday evening. Brought the band together and gave it it a good 3 to 4 hour workout last night........1st impression is it plays smooth and sounds great. This is my first hollow-body so it will take time to figure it out. It did take some time to get use to the neck......seems like there is a lot of it. Also the guitar rides up higher than I like so I need to invest in a longer strap. Visually it's a great looking guitar. Like I said, condition-wise, it is exceptionally clean with light pick marks on the pickguard only. The case does not have a mark on it. It is a 2006 model. Question: I want to add straplocks however the thickness of the Bigsby bracket that surrounds the strap button makes the Schaller strap lock too short. Anyone know of an extension kit that allows the strap lock to protrude beyond the Bigsby bracket? I'll post pics later tonight.