Over the last 10 years, I just couldn't find a Tele that worked for me, there was always something that wasn't quite right. I would buy one, keep it for a while and never play it. Sell it, then get GAS for another one. Buy one, keep it for a while and never play it. Here's what I've been through: 2006 American Standard - First tele. Sounded great but I got it in my head that sunburst was for dad bands and sold it almost entirely based on looks. Early onset mid-life crisis apparently. 2010 MIJ '62 Reissue - Beautiful, double-bound, sounded pretty good but kinda thin and anemic, didn't really like the neck or tiny frets. 2009 American Deluxe - Another beautiful guitar, this time with a fantastic neck. However, the pickups were the SCN noiseless and just sounded to "perfect" and not tele-like. Hard to describe, but it was uninspiring to play. 2002 '69 Thinline Reissue - loved how light-weight it was. Hated the 1 meg pots, swapped the pots and pickups and proceeded to play it for a grand total of 15 minutes over a period of months. Nothing wrong with any of these guitars, I started to think I just wasn't a tele person? Fast forward to last week... I made an impulse low-ball offer and am now the proud owner of a 1998 American Standard Black with rosewood neck. This one has two good size gashes with exposed wood, lots of scratches all over and appears to have been someones gigging guitar without the use of any sort of case or gig bag. The previous owner sanded down the back of the neck. Someone somewhere along the way swapped out the bridge pickup and wired it backwards, so the middle position didn't work. Previous owner claims to not have realized there was a problem. Once I got into the guitar to fix the wiring, I was able to ID the bridge pickup as a Duncan Antiquity. After correcting the wiring, this thing sounds amazing. I actually kinda like the sanded neck but am concerned about bare wood over the long term. Anyway, I really love the sound of this guitar. It has a ballsiness that none of the others had. Sounds compressed in the midrange and the bridge pickup has a crunchiness to it that I haven't heard in other pickups before. Lots of treble to be had but it's not ice-picky... In the end, it took 5 tries but it appears that I found the right telecaster for me. Who knew that it would be a 17 year old beater??? I'm generally not picky and like most other guitars (like SGs, 335s, Jazzmasters, etc.) that I play, so what's the deal with Teles?