Just purchased my first ever vintage guitar. Pretty excited! I've been looking around for the right old Gretsch player at a reasonable price. Initially I wanted a '57 or earlier Duo Jet and I kicked the tires on a few. It seems like those have drifted into the "serious money" category for problem free examples, and I'm okay with a few problems for a discount, I just didn't find the right situation for me. I also looked around at some Fire Birds and ended up buying this one from Jimmy's Vintage in Florida today. As luck would have it, a good friend is passing through Auburndale on his way back to Atlanta so it'll be hand delivered to my door by my buddy later this week! There's still some unanswered questions about it and it does have some issues, particularly binding rot. I was assured that the body and neck are straight with no neck reset and no need for a neck reset, so I took a chance at $3k out the door. There's 1 original pickup in it and the other original pickup is in the case after being replaced by a TV Jones. Other than that, I don't really know what is original and what isn't with regard to hardware and electronics. I'm gonna take some good pictures when it arrives and reach out to the educated lot here for further assistance on that.