I like this suggestion. 335s are great, but probably more expensive than I wanna go for a guitar that I’m not 100% sure about. And since I’ll be shopping online only for a while, the 335 is out. I could get a Les Paul BFG for say 1k or less...I'm biased, but a Telecaster is the better choice. I play a couple of 70's Telecaster Customs with the Wide Range Humbucker in the neck. I get the best of both worlds with this guitar. I would still go with a Telecaster with a 4 way switch over either Les Paul. 3 way switch as well, but the 4 way gives that useful extra in series wiring of the two pickups. It's not the same sound as a humbucker, but series wiring for a Telecaster offers an additional ballsy sound.
For ambient I would go with a 335 over a Les Paul. Way more feedback options plus the sound is less tubby with a 335 than a Les Paul. The 335 is my second favorite guitar for a good reason: their versatility is unparalleled.
The idea of a thinline telecaster custom is extremely interesting to me. This might be where I go with my next guitar.
What might have started this tone hunt is when I put new pickups in my strat and noticed a dramatic difference. So, right now I have a set of Fralin Jazzmaster pickups in my cart and...