I recently acquired a ‘69 Telecaster® Thinline reissue, a 2004 in sunburst. It was unmodified when I got it. I played it for a couple of weeks before I changed anything. I decided I didn't like the quick taper of the 1M pots and so I replaced them with 250k CTS pots from Guitar Parts Resource. I also replaced the factory cap, having learned through a few posts here that the tolerance on the stock ones is lousy. At first I just stuck with a .047µf, a green chiclet from RadioShack. Then I played it some more. I began to notice that the "FENDER" stamped bridge plate seemed enough thinner than the one on my '50s Classic, that the corner was sticking uncomfortably into my palm. I also began to suspect the bridge's tonal qualities. The tone was fairly brittle and the 5th and 6th strings just didn't have much bass. I could hear this effect unamplified as well as amplified. So I ordered one of the "FENDER PAT PEND" stamped plates from MF, I liked the way the stock one sounded on my '50s Classic and one from MF just like it I had put on my '98 Squier Standard. Meanwhile I decided to try flattening the stock plate. I removed it, flattened it using a couple of pieces of 2x4 and a hammer, and filed the bottom surface down where it was still a little uneven. I put it back on and it was a noticeable improvement, the bass was better but it still had a bit of harshness and I suspected it could be improved. When I got the new "FENDER PAT PEND" bridge plate I put it on. This is a great improvement to my ears. I wasn't sure whether I would like the bright bite of the stock staggeredpole A5 bridge pickup. The "FENDER PAT PEND" bridge plate brought out the best in this Tele, and so I think I like those stock pickups. The new bridge plate doesn't have less treble, it has less harshness that makes the treble more pleasant. I've now changed the tone cap to a .022µf RS green chiclet, I like that better. I liked the tone either all the way up or down to as far as about 1/5 with the .047; this .022 lets me get about the same tonal range in a wider sweep of the knob. I think it's different in some other subtle way too. The other difference seems like the mids are still being turned down like they were with the larger cap, but the treble doesn't get turned down as much in the same range. Fender specs say this Tele comes with a top hat switch, but mine had the barrel and so does the one in the picture on the Fender product page. Anyway, I had never tried a top hat switch and since it seemed likea '60s vibe thing I got one of those and put on there. I'm using D'Addario XLS strings, 9-46 nickel plated steel. Or Fender 250s, same guage and type. I installed a set of brass StewMac compensated saddles. I switched back and forth between these and the stock stainless steel grooved ones, but then stayed with the StewMacs mainly for the compensation. I hope to get a set of Glendale steel compensated saddles to try on it.