The black with white pups is a 76 but the black and gold one is the new 2017 Custom. Really like it a lot. Very nice axe. I have 5 other customs two from the custom shop and it plays and feels every bit as good as those.
I think my friend had the stock pups out at one time and had another less experienced person doing the rewiring.
I didn't want him to feel bad so I didn't mention it. Didn't seem like a factory thing though. Guitar is solid although has been getting less action since the custom arrived.:naughty:
Meh richlite actually wears better and feels and looks indistinguishable from ebony, moreover RL is less susceptible to dry cracking. I have a few ebony boards and I condition them pretty regularly for this reason.
This black custom will be a workhorse. She's going to be changed to look like...