My secret was that I didn't. I emailed Mark Jenny and made him do all the hard work. He probably did this one the 'traditional way' by careful application of tinted clearcoat (I had pictures of progress along the way. And you'd have to carefully build up the 'color change' as it matches vintage instruments in being uneven. You can see it on the headstock finish too. Here's a sampling of some details. Note that the hardware is fitted here before I did the aging to it. So basically Mark did all the finish work and I did all the hardware aging. The body and neck were done by USACG (again, fairly early on)...and its designed to have all the 'best parts' of a few years of Fender telecasters I loved without being 100% true to vintage. A true vintage guitar person would easily see the problems of this instrument but many passive guitar people do think it's original. Some notes: Over-all it's visually a 1963/64, but IBM wasn't on the docket until 65. It has a Brazilian rosewood board with clay dots (The wood was legit recovered vintage rosewood, I was literally the first clay dot neck that USACG did, I provided them with 3 sets so they could work on it and test and have extras just in case). The pickups are a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster bridge and a DiMarzio Twang-king neck. The components are high quality modern small production but not hand-rolled paper/oil caps, etc. And probably the biggest 'wolf in sheep's clothing' along with the broadcaster pickup is that it's a super-light select swamp-ash body, which would be way more accurate for a 50's Broadcaster.