Mike Stern later bought that Tele; I sold it in East Coast Guitars in Harvard Square on consignment. I can't help wondering if he ever figured out that the Orange Squeezer was what was in there. It was definitely not stock in several different ways.
Is that natural/maple neck and black pick guard? I've seen him with Jaco a couple times (Ryles, J Swifts).
Seems like he used to shift gears during the solos sometimes, which probably explains the orange sqeeze
I heard the one of mine that he bought was stolen. It was a very uncharacteristic Tele--it came from Fender (I worked at a music store at the time) with a super heavy [what appeared to be] curly maple body/clear finish. I stuck the Orange Squeezer toggle switch between the 2 pots and that would definitively identify the guitar I would think. Neal Thompson (Aerosmith and East Coast Guitars) refretted the neck with big, fat, tall frets and did what I think he called a butterscotch finish on the neck, which made it look much older; Neal also put a different decal on the headstock, which gave it the same look/logo as older Fenders. There was actually an authentic Broadcaster string tree on it (which a friend, who convinced me to have Neal do the neck, donated). I can't remember if I put a bakelite pickguard on it or not... it was probably a stock black one. I think you can see it of the cover of Guitar Player the first time Mike was on the cover. It also had a Bill Lawrence--I think in the bridge--and I can't remember for sure, but some kind of PAF repro in the neck... maybe a Seymore Duncan, if he was making them back then. But I think it must have been stolen pretty early on because I did a search and can't find any pictures of it. Guessing, this probably would have been in around 1978-80 that he bought it. And it was 'so many guitars ago' that I can't remember for sure if I put the humbucker in it or not, but it seems like a thing I might well have done back then. These days I probably would want it on the bridge (I think the Bill Lawrence was a humbucking design though).