So I've done a lot of guitar surgery the past two days (took care of my Lone Star Strat yesterday: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/other-guitars-other-instruments/314238-seth-lover-pio-caps-swapped-into-99-fender-lone-star-strat-wow.html) and I've got a lot more coming up in the next two weeks, so thought I'd share my little Tele upgrade with you guys. This is my new AmStd that I just got in December. I'm slowly but surely getting this thing to exactly where I want her. Next up is the OV bridge pup I've got that I'm just dying to put in -- still waiting on a PIO cap and 4 way switch that are in the mail and should be here next week. Then I just gotta stuff a PIO cap and an AmStd neck pup in my Baja and cleanup/re-wire the S-1 rats' nest and my Teles will be good to go! Anyway, enjoy some Tele pron in the meantime Here's the 'before' shot, with the new AllParts B/W/B pickguard next to her: Don't look! My Tele is topless! Really pretty wood and quality craftsmanship on this guitar. In case anyone was wondering how the new AmStds are routed: And here's the 'after' shot. Looks much more smokey bar-ish and Merle Haggard-ish to me: And because no girl this pretty can resist a closeup: All in all I'm very happy with the looks improvement. I don't know why the 2TSB Teles don't come this way from the factory -- looks SOOO much better IMO. Seems like Fender is going this direction with the new Baja finishes though, so I can't be crazy. One quick note: I don't know if I can recommend the AllParts guard. The quality is not up to par with the stock Fender piece, the holes weren't drilled terribly precise (had to "nudge" -- via a power drill -- three of their bore centers over to get the screws to fit), and they didn't even pre-drill the neck pup mounting holes. Weird. I would've expected more for $23, especially when I could've just picked something up from guitarfetish.com for half that. Anyway, who can complain when it's just another day in Tele paradise?