I bought a Classic 70’s Thinline Telecaster Reissue several years ago for a crazy good price. I really didn’t like anything about the way it sounded but it had a nice feel and look; I especially liked the single “F” hole and Strat bridge. So I decided to give it a complete makeover. I switched out the pickups, pickguard, neck, hardware and electronics. Once I started I began to regret my decision to do so many drastic mods but I forged on. The most difficult part was removing the factory finish. I tried almost every chemical I could think of but nothing worked. I finally achieved success by using a blow torch and a putty knife to slowly melt and lift off the finish down to the wood. It now has all gold hardware, a four hole birds eye maple neck (original neck was a three hole maple neck) and faux ivory tuners. I got rid of those two big clunky pups and made it a 3-pup axe, which also required getting a custom made pickguard. I darkened the body with walnut stain and added faux binding as well. Above are before pix.