One day I walked into work and one of my co-workers...we’ll call him “Jared”...comes over to my desk and says, “Hey, you’re really into old guitars and stuff, right? I’ve got a guitar that’s been sitting in my closet for years and I was thinking about dropping it off at a thrift store. You wanna check it out first?”
UPDATE JULY 18, 2012: So, it's been close to four years since I posted this story and today this exact guitar is up for sale on Ebay. I'm really tempted to buy it, but not sure I can afford it at the moment. Has a Buy It Now price of $495, which is a good price.