Well, I finally made the leap. I've been craving a vintage style Butterscotch Fender for years but always hesitated because I wasn't sure how it would work out for me; however opportunity recently slapped me in the face, forcing me to come up with a couple of creative solutions and, despite making some concessions that a few "purists" may cringe at, I think a lot of performing guitarists will appreciate what I have done. To make a long story short... After a somewhat lengthy process I finally ended up with an All-American-Made custom Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster that benefits from the finest "best of both worlds" features in my opinion: In a nutshell it is a 2008 Fender "American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Reissue" guitar with a 2011 Fender "American Vintage Hot Rod ‘52 Tele" neck. As a result I get the much desired tone and vibe of a vintage instrument coupled with the far more popular "modern" feel and refinement that today’s players prefer. Now for the long story... I bought this body - which included everything except the neck - off eBay in November of 2011. I purchased it on a whim, so I was convinced it'd turn out to be one of those hasty decisions that I would end up regretting. It was well used by the time I got it, as revealed by various surface scratches and a couple small chips here and there. The front still really looks great though, with a nice "relic" appearance, while the worst blemishes can be found on the back where a previous owner's belt buckle obviously made continuous contact. I really don’t know all that much about its storied past, but can easily imagine a burley redneck hillbilly (with a Texas-size belt buckle no doubt) working it like one of his farm implements in a variety of smoky honky-tonk bars... and I can only assume the neck was missing because he broke it over some drunken cowboy’s head In any case, I’m sure if it could talk this guitar would have some wild stories to tell! Fortunately it's still as solid as a rock and I feel like I saved this poor thing from a life of thankless servitude. I got the neck (brand new) off eBay also. It is from a Fender "Vintage Hot Rod '52 Tele" - the body was not included - and is basically a '52 neck with a modern (flatter) radius fingerboard (9.5" vs. 7.25") and superbly dressed medium-jumbo frets. For the sake of improving intonation I also decided to substitute the vintage barrel type saddles with updated Wilkinson "compensating" saddles' which provides a surprisingly precise setup without resorting to individual saddles for each string, thus retaining the all important vintage appearance and tone. I still have the original saddles - which can be easily swapped back if desired. Well, I'm happy to report that it plays like a dream, with a sound and feel that is so awesome I can hardly get myself to put it down! I have to admit that I'm beginning to feel a little strange though... now when I see a modern Tele there definitely seems to be far too many screws on the pickguard and way too many saddles on the bridge! Is it just me? P.S. I still love my other "modern" Tele too.