I honestly don't know why it only has the 5 screws, but likely because they did lefty's in such small quantities, they didn't get around to updating the specs on it.The 5 screw pickguard intrigues me. Is that because it is lefthanded? The right handed model switched to 8 screw guards two years earlier. Those lefthanded models also have this weird upsidedown bridge plate. Very cool guitar
Thanks for the tip. Not too many Canadian shops that specialize in vintage gear. I really like the sound of the pickup and will likely leave it as it is for now until it gets unmanageable. I'll likely try securing the pickup baseplate with wax as suggested.Teles went steel slugs in '55, I believe, with the threaded stock appearing a couple of years later?
If you decide on a rewind and the big shops are too backlogged, 12th fret is doing rewinds but I have no actual knowledge of how they are.
Speaking of backlogs... Walmart dot ca is carrying a full page of medium quality luthier tools now.
So I assume you take the baseplate off, melt a few drops of wax and put it back on?