Thought I was done after acquiring a pair of the Hwy 1 Texas in two tone burst then this transparent blond popped up for sale near me at a good price. This has some nice Swamp Ash grain but its nearly impossible to photograph. Digital camera makes it look opaque. After cleaning, polishing, and the following upgrades: - Bare Knuckle Brown Sugar pickups - Glendale single cut stainless bridge plate - Gotoh brass compensated saddles and vintage locking tuners - Fender black Bakelite 5 hole pickguard - CTS pots - Sozo, Synergy Royal Mustard caps and PRP resistor - Mogami shielded wire (super flex 1/8 OD good stuff in tight spots) - Fender steel 'F' neck plate Factory had cloth covered wire from the jack to the pot, I replaced with shielded wire. I was VERY impressed with the build quality on the Bare Knuckle pickups. This in comparison to (SD, Barden, Dimarzio) Thick copper plated steel (thanks telemnemonics) plate under the bridge pup and grounded so this grounded the bridge plate also via the pickup screws. Wire is fairly heavy gauge cloth covered. Here's the steel neck plate. I say steel because there's a boatload of junk/fake pot metal neck plates out there. They are so lame you can snap them in half with your bare hands. Note the staggered pole height on the bridge pup, I'll have to experiment with pup height. With the bridge plate and bridge pickup shielded and the shielded cover over the neck pickup I pondered how to shield the channel. This gave me 360 degree shielding. Its 1/4 inch OD brass tube .014 wall thickness from a local hardware store. The square feet are from some .010 inch thick brass sheet. Just drilled a 1/4 inch hole in the center. Soldered a ground wire to the tube and tucked it inside and ran it over to the ground lug on the volume pot. Normally I wouldn't waste my guitar amp caps on a guitar but someone had installed an Emerson kit. One of the pots looked cooked and a big hunk of solder fell out of the cavity. So I installed new CTS pots and components. Sozo and Synergy Royal Mustard caps, PRP resistor. You see here that I replaced the cloth covered wire from the guitar cable jack and ran shielded cable. That is Mogami not that I care about the name. Its 1/8 inch OD which is quite small for shielded wire in that gauge and very flexible. I purchased a whole spool of that stuff for amp building. Way better than that stiff PVC insulated junk wire.