Reviving and old thread, but I've had this Telecaster 21 years now, bought it from a guy that worked for me. He said it was his hard drinking, honky tonkin' Father's and one of the gouges in the body came from a .25 that someone shot at good old Dad. The original hardware and pickups were gone when I bought it, and his brother had refinished it with I believe tempura paint, then it was stripped again and clear coated with something and cat hair. It has early 90's Seymour Duncans and 500 ohm Japanese pots. Back in 2012 I was considering a refinish: http://www.tdpri.com/threads/1972-refinish-questions.328031/#post-4234924 But now I've decided to replace the wiring with a RS guitarworks vintage kit, as I've never really liked the sound of it. I'd also like to tarnish the control plate and knobs so they somewhat match the body. I've also considered repairing the hacked humbucker route, but was a little surprised that most of the pictures I saw of 72's did not have the wiring channel route and its clear that whoever chiseled the humbucker hole didn't have the skill to do the wiring channel. I opened it up yesterday and couldn't see any dates or marks in the control cavity or under the neck pick-up, the blue paint is glopped everywhere. I did not have time to take off the neck and look in the pocket. End of the neck is marked Aug 72. Just wondering if the presence of the wiring route varied during the early 70s. There are additional picture in the old thread. Thanks!