Late to the party, but only by 12 years Grabbed this mint '04 recently at a nearby Music Go Round. I never see these locally, so when I saw this one online, I drove over the next day to check it out. Of course, the one day I go there, the place is full of young bucks cranking up everything in the store. A kid was playing this 51, and asking all kinds of questions about it, really digging it. I thought he was going to buy it, before I could even check it out. Then, apparently, the lunch bell rang, and they all split. I checked it out, and grabbed it quick for $149.00. Not being a tuxedo fan, and not willing to pay $40.00 shipped for a WD B/W/B guard, I spray pained mine flat black, with a top clear of satin poly. Next will be the Bubba saddle mod, and Gibson toggle in place of the rotary switch, although I like the idea of a toggle switch between, and turning the bottom knob to a tone pot. However, I notice that, like a tele without treble bleed, the high end is tamed when you back off the volume pot. Wanted a black neck pup cover too, but a stock strat cover is too big, won't go through the guard, the pickup is not standard strat size. Might look for a black S51 alnico pickup instead. All in all, a cool little guitar.