I bought this guitar from my guitar teacher's friend in Santa Cruz, CA back in the early 90's. This friend was a guitar collector and was thinning out the collection. My teacher was checking out this guitar, but did not have the money, but said this was a great guitar for the price. This friend also had a VA Larry Carlton model that he kept. It appears that he custom order the pickguard and back panel with the pearloid white guard. Also, the pickups are Seymour Duncan. I also have the original VA case.