I was tempted, but the logistics are just too far stretched -- to actually get my hands on it to see what it feels like. I do have a proxy in the Bay Area, but that's asking a lot of somebody to judge and ship etc.
I find it attracts me like a moth to a flame despite not knowing what it sounds or feels like.
I have no idea what the quality was like in that one year of 5's, but the hardware and pickups look better than the current model's.
So maybe this can entrance someone else or someone might fill in some history and enhance or break the spell. Or buy it and later sell it to me.
A worn one recently went on e-Bay for $399; this has spent 99% of its life in a bag under the bed. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/msg/3378408792.html