The white/gold tea cups were already on it when I bought it. Previous owner mod. (And that was definitely a selling point for me!) Switches are painted white - also by previous owner.. I hadn't noticed that "extra room" between the tailpiece and bridge pup that you refer to - I'm assuming that's a good thing?.. I did have it set up after I bought it - My tech never mentioned anything to me about that, one way or the other.. Not sure if he adjusted it that way or not. It plays and sounds great, though.