So I just got my nifty green Gretsch, and apparently some kinda citywide Gretsch fever took hold, because very quickly someone offered up a guitar for it that was an even more natural fit for me - I love Teles, love black guitars, and was looking for an Ash complement to my blackguard pine tele. Well the '04 Fender Special Run American Vintage '52 Telecaster Black & Gold wrote that ticket. From the second I picked it up I knew something was going on - it was way lighter than an '07 '52 RI Tele I had before, which must have weighed over 8 pounds for sure. Also, the neck of this black Tele was very slim compared to that other '52, and WAY slimmer than my Kelly boatneck - but the carve was still round and comfortable all the way up, maybe it has to do with the vintage fretboard radius. Since I had to do this trade in a cafe, I did ye olde Ear to the Body trick, heard those acoustic vibrations rush right into my ear canal, and did the trade right there. Hopped on a train home, plugged it in, and...uh, VERY LITTLE HUM. You have to understand, my place is like Dimmer Light Hell. Even some humbucker guitars I've owned have hummed more than this Tele. Don't get me wrong, when I leave it on a stand and walk away from it and angle it for the worst magnet vector to the amp, it still proves it's a single coil. But when I picked it up BAM I couldn't hear the damn hum! Did he shield this thing like a mofo? That gold hardware sucking up the hertz? Whatever it is, I'm not going to fool with it - I was planning to rip the guts out and put some Dimarzio Areas in - with these pickups, that is no longer the plan. The real benefit to this is that this guitar is now the only single coil in my house. Which means everything good about the single coil that you'd hate to sacrifice away is now retained - I feel like I'm hardwired directly into my amp! I just finished a good 3 hour session with it putting it through its paces, hooking it into my Pro Reverb, trying it out with pedals - it's a champ! And a road warrior too, in the pics below you'll see the brass saddles sweated through to the tarnish. I'm looking forward to putting my own stamp on it! BTW neither the neck or body were rubbery or sticky at all, which shocked me coming from the thick rubbery butterscotch body of the other '52, and the sticky orange neck of an EJ strat. I can just pick it up and get right into it and honestly just forget about any distractions - no buzz, rattle, fretout, intonation probs, nothing! And as said before, very little hum, like WAY low. Honestly, I''ve had a few strat Area pickups that had more hum! Ok, enough of that talk, I'm still stunned. And here's the kicker - weighed it after my session and it weighs only 6.4 lbs. I josh you not. Here are the pics! So an all black R8, and now an all black '52 RI. Back in Black!