I was given this guitar by an ex girlfriend around '91, its a 1974 Ibanez tele copy. this thing has been through the ringer and was one of my main gig guitars for 6 years. I have re-fretted it twice and done a fret level 2x on the jumbos as well. It started out yellow, then it was brown and gouged out to put 3 strat pickups in it, then i re-built it and put it back to a telecaster configuration. I have been playing it for the last 8 months on just the bare wood. I finally got around to throwing some paint on it and went for a flat/matte black finish. being that the neck is just the way i like it, well worn in with nicks, cig burns and the like, i tried my hand at a bit of light relicing to keep the body matched. i also experimented using acrylic paints and finishes, im getting tired of the lacquer and poly stink. Fixing the bad routs and multiple holes. There must have been 5 different sets of tuners on this at one time or another. Put back together and set up, plays great but i didnt want to tear it apart. I always liked the idea of a RAT Tele so here it is. I aged the hardware using muriatic acid, too shiny for a rat. I also made an aluminum electronics plate for it, i didnt finish it so hopefully it will oxadize soon. i have been rehearsing with it without the pickguard so i can adjust the neck pickup, but i like it without it and i might keep it that way. but here is a picture with the guard anyway. its hard to tell in the pictures, but most everything is scratched up pretty good and it looks like the heavily used guitar it really is. i am very happy with it, it is extremely responsive using just the volume and tone knobs. I basically run it through an always on tech 21 xxl( in fuzz mode) into a HR Deville 4x10. Clean to dirty, bright to dark all done with the knobs, its quite liberating and very effective, my band mates are also blown away by how great it sounds. Were all over the map on styles so its nice not to have to tap dance anymore. At any rate, this thing does it all. BTW, i went with GFS 50s tele set and a wilkenson Brass saddle bridge. Very impressed with the GFS's.