Here are a few dealer pics, courtesy of Rumble Seat Music.
Congrat's on your acquisition!
I was at Rumble Seat in April when I was down there for a conference.
I played your guitar for 15 min or so through a '65 blackface deluxe reverb.
The two of them together sounded amazing.
That's one of the few pre-CBS Fenders I've played. Very nice guitar.
Needed a little attention to intonation, but looked and felt great, beautiful tone.
That guitar could tell alot of stories! Enjoy!!
How do you like the sound of it with the pickup selector switch all the way forward (in the "neck position")? Everyone seems to complain about how useless that muted, no-treble tone is, but I think it's kind of cool.
I guess with something as vintage as this, you're not about to change anything to give it more treble, right?
Cool. I have a 56 refin, not relic'd. It's very white, as they originally were. I don't mind the juxtaposition with the well-worn neck. Others might.
The guy who did my guitar (before I acquired it) is well known, and was able to preserve the penciled "Esq" under the finish beside the diagonal rout. Does yours have that?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell in pics, but it appears that your control plate mounting screws are #4 (same as the PG). Is that the case? They should be larger #5. I only mention it because they really look like #4 in your pics.