My wife gave me a ‘96 MIJ Telecaster Custom Deluxe (I think that’s the model name) for my 40th birthday. It’s my favorite feeling guitar and I loved the bridge pickup but wasn’t a fan of the tone on the neck and kinda hated the gold hardware. So I swapped out the gold tuners, string tree, strap buttons, screws for chrome ones and added a three saddle brass bridge. Still waiting in the new control plate and wiring to come in but I’m now like 90% happier with the look and the difference in tone, especially in the neck pickup (which I also raised) in very noticeable. There seems to be some top end presence now that wasn’t there before which I assume is from the brass saddles. Anyway, here’s some after pics. I’m pretty happy. This is a guitar that I’m not going to be moving anytime soon so I wanted to make it exactly what I wanted. Kept all the gold stuff just because, but I don’t see me switching back.