I purchased my first guitar in 1965, a very rough used guitar with the body shape of a Telecaster. I did not realize it at the time but as it turns out (as near as I can tell) the guitar appears to be a heavily modified 1952-53 Telecaster. The bridge has been cut short to make room for a different pickup, however the serial number (3190) is still there. Unfortunately, the body dates as well as the date markings on the butt of the neck cannot be decifered. The (un-grouved) brass bridge saddles, absence of serial number on the neck plate, and the poodle case are also indicative of late 1952 or 1953. The body modifications are extensive. It has been carved (carelessly gouged) out and one of the original cavities covered to accommodate a different (P90?) pickup, with different controls, knobs, plug, electrical components, all mounted on a different shaped pick guard. The original plug-in hole has been filled. The body has been repainted twice. The bridge base plate, in addition to being cut short, has been modified to allow for top-loading strings by drilling larger string holes and adding a notch. The string-through-body ferrules had been removed and later restored in the original holes. Both the neck and body have extra mounting holes. It's like someone cut off the neck leaving segments of some of the original screws in the original holes in both the neck and the body. New holes were made to reattach the neck. The position of the new holes are not in alignment with the plate as a result, and another set of short screws have then been used to attach the plate to the body. The tuning keys are a mix of no-brand and branded Klusons with string holes (not slotted) and with ivory(?) knobs that have deteriorated (these can't be original). There is no decal on the neck. Even though these modifications are extensive, it seems that it could be restored to it's original appearance. Even the damaged area that is not covered by the pick guard could be repaired by filling and drawing in the wood grain. But how do I go about it? Is the potential value high enough that I should consider only a skilled professional, or have the modifications already rendered the guitar unworthy of that kind of scrutiny? Given it's potential value, would it be foolish of me to take this on myself? If I do it myself, I could spend many hours scrutinizing every detail to make sure it is done to the highest standard (and my time is cheap). But what about parts? Is it even possible to find original vintage parts? And if so, would this be cost prohibitive as I would need virtually everything other than the neck and body? How would I fix the bridge? Would it make sense to use a mix of vintage and new components, and over time replace the new components with vintage ones as I'm able to locate (and afford) them? I need some advice since this is all new to me. I also have the original "poodle" case that would need to be repaired and recovered. Hopefully, this post is appropriate for this forum. If not, please let me know and I'll repost in the correct one. Thanks.