The vintage room at Guitar Center in Hollywood will be more than happy to charge you $15k or better for a blackguard. The upside is you know it's been gone over with a fine-toothed comb and it's legit. The downside is taking a second mortgage out on your house. Prices are wickedly out of control and you're right, pickings are pretty slim these days.
"But right now I need a Telecaster through a Vibrolux turned up to ten."