I wasn’t expecting to buy another guitar any time soon, but this popped up on FB marketplace. Only photo I have from the seller: It was a very low price for an early 80’s, so I thought with some tlc, I could maybe flip it or trade for something fun. But it definitely had issues when I got there that made me think, well I own this now, lol. Two out of three pickups weren’t original, and the original was a ceramic bar magnet type. Neck has what appears to be jumbo frets and a 9.25” radius stock. No sign that it’s been refretted and the tangs are under the poly. It was missing screws and a case, so I headed to the local shop, figuring I could at least find a different bridge pup to have all single coils. Tons of little damage spots to the body, it could use a good buffing. Pretty sure it’s basswood. And then I saw the neck date. It’s my birthday! Year is slightly off but only by one year. And in their box of random pickups, I found a complete set of fender custom shop ‘69’s missing their stickers. They sold me the set for $50 since it was from their mystery box. Score. The pots and switch are all original. Here’s the body stamp. You can also see the sole remaining original pickup, a fairly cheap flat pole ceramic jobber. I have the saddles soaking in evaporust right now, they were completely siezed and rusted up. Here’s hoping. I have a set of Fender saddles on it from my 2000 mim 60’s series. The stock tuners are the schaller knockoffs. If I keep this long term, those will probably have to go. I’m hoping the F style 70’s tuners will fit. They work fine though, just feel cheap and look a bit funky. Here it is all strung up! It’s got a thick dark sound. Very different from my other two strats. I like it though. Not sure if it’s the 69 pickups or the wiring. It’s enamel wire, all read right around 6 k. The neck is dark, bridge is reedy. Middle is well, in between, lol. It will be in good company with my AVRI ‘57!