Coming from a 1991 MIJ Squier Telecaster (sunburst finish, toploader) which had been modified with new baseplate, wiring and CS Nocaster PU's, a very low-medium-heavy but not dull instrument, my recent playing had been oriented towards stoner and heavy sounding bands and I had been looking for a different instrument. After a rather positive experience in a local store, I finally pulled the trigger on a 69 Thinline AVRI, at a fair price, not for the dark sounds I was aiming but for the great finish and sonic potential I found while trying it. Upon receiving the guitar, I immediately noticed that it was too trebly to my taste and that the low medium lacked dynamics. Most of the tones I was looking for were difficult to obtain and I spent most of my time with the tone control under the 5 mark. I have made quite a few modifications to bring this guitar to a more versatile and modern sounding instrument. Each of these modifications has had a definite influence on the sound: Brought string gauge up to 10-52 and drilled top-loading holes in the ashtray to alleviate string tension. Changed the 1 Meg (sic) pots with 250k and the tone cap with a proper 470uF. I didn't think Fender would be this accurate with their reissue, but the vintage values for pots and cap they provided is an obstacle to my form of modern playing. Also applied the Fezz Parka mod to the original modern style telecaster wiring scheme to allow better handling of the tone control. Switched the Fender Orginal Vintage PU's for the Nocasters from my other tele. On this point, let me say how much fuller and balanced are the Nocasters compared to the Vintages. They are also a bit hotter. I don't think these differences have been stressed enough on these forums. I now have an guitar that, while being in a league of its own in comparaison to my old MIJ, gives me pleasure. Now that it bears the right hardware, when plugged the resonance and sustain are fantastic, and the definition is great. I might experiment a bit more to find exactly what I'm looking for. Right now, the guitar sounds so bassy that I might go back from the Fezz Parka mod to the traditional wiring to get a more wah-tone effect on the tone, and then install a tone bleed cap on the volume pot to open up the sound when I roll back the volume. What is your opinion? While I find the bridge Nocaster PU to be irreplaceable, I might go back to the Vintage PU on the neck because the Nocaster neck PU sounds a bit dull. Even the intermediate position doesn't really have that distinctive funky sound. Would this make sense sound-wise? Will I lose the Nocasters' noise canceling if I do?