I forgot to post this, so I've actually had this guitar for about a week. I've kicked myself for selling my J Mascis Jazzmaster a couple years ago. While browsing Zzounds I couldn't pass up this CVJM since they upgraded the bridge from the older Vintage Modified JMs. The tortoiseshell looks way better than the older VMs pickguards, but I already ordered a replacement when I orded the guitar and I finally got it on today. Everything lined up, but the bridge holes in the pickguard need filed a bit to completely fit over. I left it for now with the pickguard resting on the bridge mounting inserts. When I change strings I'll dig out my rat tail file and make it sit properly. I took a minute to shim the neck and put some oil on the Indian laurel fretboard which darkened it up a bit. I would have preferred a maple fretboard to be honest, but this is a decent enough replacement for rosewood. In the future I might put one of those Curtis Novak wide range jazzmaster pickups in the bridge. The current pickups sound good, but I'm not used to all that single coil noise when I really crank up the gain.