I purchased the guitar in the early 1990’s while on the road playing rock-a-billy guitar and dealing guitars with my bass player. I have absolutely no recollection of buying it or of many of those years. At one time we had 50 guitars and then, poof, in 1995 it was over and I had two guitars plus my Gretsch 6120 and a 12 string. Did I buy it retail, a guitar show or acquire at a gig? I have no idea. It has only been out of the case a few times in the past 28 years.