hi , i`m new on the forum and also new to the telecaster.i recently picked up a tele in a mandolin trade and it seemed beauty was only skin deep. someone had tried to put a "dual rocker" whammy bar system with locking nut on the guitar. after hopelessy trying to tune it, i just dismantled the entire guitar and found out that they used an axe to install it.it is a truly butchered job and there is no way this guitar would ever tune in that condition. i am going to replace the system with an original bridge if i can find one and if the gaping crater isn`t too big to mount it. can anyone tell me if the strings are strung through the body or is there a tailpiece with the bridge. also, can anyone tell me the exact measurement from nut to bridge location( or approx saddle location). i plan to rebuild and refinish this guitar but just need a few pointers(not for the re-finishing...i already do that for a living). i would appreciate any good advice. thanks..........rob.