A music store in town had this come in. I noticed the old case as soon as I walked in the door - it was just sitting in the corner ( hours after the transaction ). I'm sure they gave the guy almost nothing ( knowing them ) but I immediately felt the need to bring it back to it's former glory. We sorta negotiated and they turned down my $2700 offer The bridge pickup was discovered ( by me ) to me pretty whack so I told them to send it to JM Rolph who REPAIRED it. The neck pickup is original. The original wiring was goofed up by the store's tech ( an otherwise great tech ) who didnt realize that teles of this era dont have a BOTH PICKUPS ON option. He thought it was wrong so he rewired it like a modern tele EVERYTHING else ( except the finish ) is original. Pots, Knobs, Caps, Bridge, Saddles, Tuners, Case, etc... They turned my offer down a few months back. But they had a '59 hardtail strat walk thru the door ( which is pretty COOL !! ) and are probably cash poor -so they stuck it on Ebay I won it today for $1900 and went over there (w/ a grin on my face ) to give my $1900 to the guy who laughed at my $2700 offer I think I did good. I'll post pics as the restoration begins !! I'm thinking Blonde ( the original color ) - any opinions ?