When I was 13, I saved up about 75,000 pennies from mowing lawns to buy this guitar. Ordered it out of a catalog, because the local Fender dealer didn't stock Telecasters in those days. Basically I read a review in a magazine (Guitar Player, I think), put in my order, and mowed more lawns until it came in a few months later. Other guitars have come and gone, but this is the one that I always kept. There was the disastrous EMG phase I went through in the '80s when I thought it was too noisy and wanted it to sound horrible. Then there was the Hot Rails/Nashville phase when I wanted to go a little hotter. To be honest, the more I messed with it, the less I liked it. Just didn't do my research and went cheap far too often. Now I'm going boutique. I shielded the cavities with tape/paint. I replaced the electronics (which were a mishmash of low grade parts from over the years) with a MojoTone 4 way harness. The pickups are now a Cavalier Fat Lion/Fat Lion King combo. I debated on installing the original 3 saddle bridge (still have it), but opted to leave the 6 saddle on for now. Replaced the metric flat tops with domes. Cleaned up the neck and frets, oiled the fingerboard, because it had been far too long. Now I'm going to wait a couple days for the neck to settle before adjusting the intonation and action. Did play it a little, and it definitely sound warmer and less shrill across the pickups, with no buzz. I like the tone, but also need to adjust the pickup heights. Should have done this decades ago.