Well this isn't how this post was supposed go to today... I was gonna post my New Used VM 60's Thinline in Shoreline Gold and talk about a pickup swap and maybe a bridge/tuner upgrade. I've been jonesing for a new (to me) tele for awhile to put next to my CV 50s. Found a "deal" on GC.com and ordered it to be delivered to my Local GC. 48hrs later I was at the guitar counter giddy with excitement thinking that I had spent the best $229 (plus shipping and tax) of my life when the sales guy pulled it out of the box and I saw the butchery. I could tell from the pictures that someone had done a home install on a Dual coil but couldn't see the hole they had gouged in the top. I had expected to need a new bridge and pickups (Fender vintage w/ toneriders was the plan) and maybe tuners (CV vintage style) but Holy Hell that hole. Not to mention the GC that had shipped the thing hadn't even replace the strings so it had only 5 strings. Well, crushed disappointment and sadness are the flavor of the day. The sales guy at my local offered to start the return and that was what I was gonna do but then, as I thought about it, I said, "Nah, I'll keep it. I've got 45 days, right?" He confirmed that and then said, "Lemme see if I can give you a set of strings at least. They shouldn't have sent it like that." So here I sit, crest fallen, with a scarred VM Shoreline Gold Thinline 60s, a new pack of Slinky 10s, asking my friends on TDPRI what I should do. Keep it, mod it, and call it good or take it back and cut my losses? Having trouble with Pics. I'll add after I stop crying.