Hello, I've been stalking these forums for awhile researching, but I've got a guitar which is a little puzzling so I'm hopeful one of the many Fender MIJ folks on here might be able to help. I bought this on Reverb. The seller was honest and told me he didn't know much but for $600 with a hard case I was in just based on the serial # and lacquer neck letting me know that this is a '57 in some configuration. The pickguard he changed out about a year ago when he bought it, but said he's made no other changes and he included the original. Everything looks legit except two nagging issues. The lack of stamp in the neck pocket and the wiring and the look of the pickups behind the pickguard. The neck stamp is blank or has faded, rubbed off, etc. The pickups play nice and seem like a decent set of Alnicos, but they look nothing like the Alnico's on my '92 MIJ (L# serial) with the cloth wiring. Based on that and the zip ties I would guess that the wiring and possibly the pickups are replacements. Also, this is an Alder body, full size pots, but with a 5 way switch. My '92 has a 3 way switch and all the old Fender Japan catalogs list the Alder bodies with 3 way switches unless I misread something. Anyway, any help or information would be appreciated. Thanks!