I bought it in '71 for $75. I thought the guy I bought it from was pretty stupid. He wasn't the only one. In the 70's people did dumb things to guitars. He had painted the body dark green with a spray can. The neck looked like Clapton's on the back cover of Layla. Very pitted. Well I did something I will always regret: I hated the green and liked Bonnie Raitt's bare, wood-stained Strat's body so I took off all of the finish - including the red finish under the green sprayed on paint! The guitar was actually a custom color under the green - Fiesta red and I removed it!!!! Then I stained it with Mini-Wax stain. Years later I had some lame repairman on 48th st. in NYC do the best he could to remove the stain and attempt a sunburst on the alder body. Not long after that I took it to Matt Uminov's in NYC to have the neck refretted and refinised. The frets were extremely worn down. Well the idiot who did the job REMOVED THE ORIGINAL DECAL from the headstock. The fret job sucked and so did the refinishing. Years later I had this guy named John who worked in a shop above Rudy's on 48th st., who did all of Mark Knopfler's work, redo the finish, and (here I go again!) refret with super jumbos! He did a great job but put a poorly made, '60's counterfeit decal on the headstock. That's my sad story so far. I won't go into greater detail but it needs some vintage replacement parts (small ones) but the pickups are original, the neck is as straight as an arrow, the back plate has a very nice '57 serial number (beginning with "-"), the neck heel still has the penciled in date, and a good part of the rest of it is original. So as the question says, who is the expert on bringing these blundered repair job guitars back to vintage specs - restoring everything that needs to be restored - including an accurate Fiesta Red?