Still playing but I'm so old I can remember when there were dinosaurs in the park! In the 1960's, certainly here in the UK you had to learn on barely playable planks and "real" guitars were unaffordable to mortals. So in 1970, having my first real job, I bought a used 1963 Telecaster. Now, of course 60's guitars weren't "vintage" or collectable then, just old and my tele had very little left of it's blonde finish and had been hard used. Nowadays, not to keep a vintage instrument other than as original as possible is considered to be a mortal sin but not then. So I sanded all the finish off the body and had it French polished in a natural brown. Then I noted Keith Richards tele had a humbucker in the fingerboard position and though parts were very hard to come by then, I did find a genuine Gibson one in a store in London. But how to fit it as there were no videos or even books then and neither had anyone seen a portable router. So I took a mallet and a chisel to a '63 tele! Crude but it did the job and I had it re-fretted and a decent pickguard made and the original wiring scheme changed to the current style. Loved it for a couple of years before it went part-x for a '60's Epi Casino because John Lennon used one!