Hey, guys. Thought I'd share this cool new acquisition. A friend called and had some guitars to move for a lovely woman whose husband passed away a year ago. When I heard 1956 Tele, I got very excited. When I opened the case, I was very surprised. I must confess, I wasn't initially drawn to the guitar. But I took it home, put new strings on it and it immediately played beautifully. As you can obviously see, someone did some modifications to the body, including the Stratocaster comfort-recess and a black finish. After careful inspection, all appears original other than the modified body. The neck is all straight with a date of XA 5-56. The pots are late 55. The pickups are original. The serial number is from 1956. Most importantly, the guitar plays and sounds great. Excellent clarity from the neck pickup, which is very important for me, as I use the neck a lot. The bridge really screams in a rich, full, stinging way. And I was able to accept the woman's very reasonable offer and walk home with a great vintage guitar that didn't break the bank.