A black double-bound has always been on my short list to add to the collection. I check here and there for interesting examples. I have been most tempted by a Mario Martin that has showed up a couple times on Reverb but never pulled the trigger, thinking maybe someday I’d just have him build me one to spec instead. The backlog at this point is getting close to unbearable...he’s out almost two years. So. Yesterday I took a stroll around online and quite frankly, I don’t even remember my search string. But this one popped up and it’s interesting to say the least! I negotiated well and got a fair price in my eyes, and I bought it with the intent of using it as a project guitar. I really dig the seemingly really well-done pinstriping and especially the text on the back—paintwork was all done by MJT and whoever they use for pinstriping apparently. I do remember reading early on in the MJT timeline that they left automotive painting to start their guitar finish business, so the pinstriping connection makes sense. Anyway. I am not a fan of the skull and crossbones inlays, nor the Fender branding (I’m assuming this is a Warmoth neck, and who knows where the body came from), so I’m planning to swap the neck out for something I’ll custom spec (possibly from Mario and Guitar Mill). I’m thinking quartersawn roasted flame maple with a Brazilian board. The bridge is a Callaham, which I tend to use on my Teles anyway, so I’ll stick with that. We’ll see how the pickups sound before I swap the neck—perhaps blasphemy, but I’ve never been a P-90 in the neck position of a Tele guy. So depending on the routing situation, I may look at other options there too. Aside from the standard Tele neck pickup, I really like the middle position sound I can get from a low-wind PAF-style humbucker in that spot in combination with a fairly standard Tele bridge pickup. Maybe I’ll even go Esquire and just eliminate the neck pickup altogether...then we’re really in BFG-land.