I picked up this a couple of months ago and thought I'd share it here. Bought from Doug Mills, now retired Director of Operations at Fender Musical Instruments, who retired here in Alabama. He was an engineer, and count not play a lick on guitar. Guys who worked for him in assembly decided to teach him how to play during lunch breaks, and built this guitar for him in 1996 using an interesting combination of parts you wouldn't get otherwise. Not a custom shop build, but custom made for him at the factory. Doug was kind enough to give lots of details about the guitar and its pedigree, including a letter verifying its authenticity (otherwise it would be seen as just a parts-o-caster and worth only the sum of it's parts). The guitar did not get played much at all and spent most of its life hanging on the wall in his office First off it's a crazy lightweight guitar (approximately 6.5 lbs) SPRUCE top chambered body, finished in 3-color sunburst. Fender offered some of these in 1996, but the factory model had the 'American Standard' style neck. This one has a 52' AVRI neck (pencil dated XX-XX-96), as well as a 52' style bridge (with serial number) and brass saddles (I changed those to steel saddles which I prefer the feel/tone of). I know the chambered Spruce body would be a turn-off to most Tele purists, but I'm loving the resonance of it (as well as the weight). It definitely has a different tone from that of Ash Body, a little more 'airy' sounding and not a bright as a traditional Tele. Anyways, just thought I'd share a few pics...check out the Spruce grain on the top, very much like an Acoustic guitar top (I'm assuming they used Sitka based on the grain). Enjoy!