I almost bought one of these about 6-7 years ago, but I over-thought it and never pulled the trigger. I hadn't been able to find another one in great condition until last Monday. I bought it the second it showed up in my feed, for many reasons, not the least of which was to slay that dragon of regret. The nice man in the FedEx truck brought it to me this afternoon. I have one of its Fender "siblings" as well - an Esquire GT which shares its carved top and set-neck mahogany body. The Esquire GT has one Duncan Invader pickup. The Spalted has Seymour Duncans: a Pearly Gates bridge and a '59 neck. It has push-pull splitting, but splitting a humbucker always sounds better on paper than it does in real life.