About seven or so years ago, I bought a "Douglas" branded tele from Rondo for around 160.00. It caught my eye because of the nice binding on the body, and tobacco sunburst, also it was a top loader. Seemed like a real pretty guitar (to me) at a really cheap price.. Well, I played it a bit, thought it was okay, the pups were "ehh..", needed a setup, the knobs and switch felt cheap... and then I stuck it in a back closet and forgot about it..until about a month ago. I was digging around looking for stuff to put for sale on Reverb (to pay for stuff bought from Reverb) when I stumbled across it, and a hip shot bender I had bought years ago and never really tried.. Figured since I'm pretty much in lockdown with the rest of the country, may as well make a project of it. I gutted the whole thing and started by fitting in some Fender '64 tele pups. This took a little bit of carving with a dremel, as the cavities where slightly too small. For the pots and cap and switch, I got a preassembled harness off Reverb (Lightnin Magic) that has nice 250 k pots with brass bushings, cloth covered wiring, orange drop cap, etc. Really nicely done. The larger pots and switch required a little more dremel work to get the cavities big enough, as well as a little drilling to enlarge the holes on the control plate. Also put some brass barrel saddles and Wilkinson bridge on it. Perfect for attaching the hipshot system, as it's a top loader style bridge it requires no mods to use a hipshot. Next I drilled some holes and attached the Hipshot. Then I carefully fitted and filed a bone nut (plastic one had to go), put in a Graphtec string tree, polished the frets a bit, strung her up, then broke out the calipers and feeler gauges.. After a really thorough setup and truss rod adjustment, she plays pretty good. The tuners are good enough for now, an while the fretboard is a little flatter then I like (14" radius?), the neck is shaped well and the frets seem well dressed. The tone is simply amazing. The '64 pups and the upgraded electronics are shockingly good. I'm really considering doing this same upgrade to my main tele. The hipshot system is working well, and actually stays in tune pretty well. I got the B bender, G bender, Drop D version. Just got to learn some bender stuff on it now! Mainly I end up using the G bender, as it's a palm lever and just easier to sit around and mess with, but the B bender with these pups definitely has "the sound". Anyway, it was a fun project and I'm pretty happy with the results. I don't know if they still make Douglas guitars. I haven't seen any on Rondo in a long time. Anyone else got a Douglas?