New member! I've just joined with my "new to me" 2004 51. Found east of Sacramento about a month ago, for $80 including a Johnson Reptone 30W amp. As much as I usually love sunburst, the wood mismatch of the body below the bridge is not doing it for me, so I'm thinking opaque paint job. Going to gather ideas here, and from the archive of the Institute of Noise 51 site. I'm not a fan of the big pick guard, which has a bit of a Halloween ghost shape to it when standing upright. So far, I've only ordered a GFS bridge, since the stock ones seemed very lightweight, and a set of compensated saddles for the bridge, and will drill for the bubba mod in any event. While the bridge is out, I think I'll heed Boris's often-stated concerns about the softness of the body core by coating the inside of the bridge drillings with CA to stiffen up that column of wood before refitting the bridge. I'll probably fill some excess pick guard holes and go with a more modest-sized one of my own design and manufacture. I have a few other ideas I've been mulling around, such as brass hardware, but have to see what tuners are available in brass (not gold) and what I'd have to fabricate. And string-through appeals too. So many options.