Hello to all, my name is Rick, The title is not a misprint. I joined this website to find information on a Telecaster I have owned for 37 years and recently re-examined it after keeping it in controlled storage. Here is this Tele's tale. In 1979 I was approached by a co-worker where I worked who was in a local DC band, to buy a couple of guitars he wanted to sell so he could afford a 25th Anniversary Silver Stratocaster, that is how I remember the year. One was a Les Paul The Paul that my Brother bought. The other was this Blonde Telecaster. As a Bass player, I bought it because it was a killer deal on a name brand guitar, not because I could play it well and it has been just kind of stored away since then. Now, a description. The serial is in the 322,000 range so that puts it in 1971 from what I have found. It has been modified. The front vertical pickup appears to be original and the rear forward angled pickup may be, but I'm not sure. But, there is a third pickup obviously put in that looks like a big chrome rectangular one found on a Les Paul surrounded by a beige surround and the black pickguard was obviously cut to install this one. The front selector switch has five positions, don't know if this is original. Then, between the volume and tone knobs is a small, non-original, two position switch, I do not know what it does. There is wear on the fingerboard between the first four frets, also like what I have seen on other of Mr. Gatton's guitars. On the back scribed into the finish of the guitar is "Danny Gatton" with 1976 underneath. "Danny" is written in script and "Gatton" is written in letters. The 7 in"1976" has a slash through it, like some people do with the letter Z. After studying everything I can about Danny Gatton's signature, it appears to me to be his writing. I have kept this guitar completely original as I bought it, with only the strings changed about 20 years ago by a very good friend and a good player himself as the originals were shot. He played it and was impressed with it and said it had one of the straightest necks on a Fender he had ever seen. It still resides in it's original case, black on the outside and orange on the inside. I am trying to find out any thing I can about this guitar. I will do my best to post pictures soon but am a little gunshy after getting criticized on another forum by a moderator, not a guitar forum, about my failed attempt to post pics. I am a dinosaur in today's digital age but will do my best. Thanks in advance to any and all, Rick.