Okay, first post here, lurking for a while. This topic has probably been covered to death. Short story, I've started looking for an affordable tele. Started by trying out the Squier Classic Vibe, liked it but found the fret board "gritty" and that was the factor that ruled out that one (they only had one CV at the store so I couldn't try others). So then I went up in price that I can afford if I sell my old strat that isn't getting played. So next, I've picked up (but can return) a 2014 50s Road Worn tele. Wasn't sold on the relic'ing but the neck was much more comfortable. I like how it sounds and plays, still not one with the look though. Still in early days with this guitar, and within return period. When I brought it home, the wife who I thought would poo poo the concept of me and a new guitar, said that she didn't like the look and I should look at up my spending limit to find something better. To my shock and awe, she offered to chip in to help me get a guitar that I really want. So, today, I'm going to go out and try an American Standard, with transparent crimson red finish w/ maple neck. And I can probably get a price break since I found a dealer a few hours away which hasn't up'd the prices to Fenders 2015 price list yet, and my local store will price match other authorized dealers -- so I've only got a couple of days to try this out. So, any opinions on the MIM 50s Road Worn vs the latest American Standard? Any love for the broadcaster / twisted tele pickups? I'm pretty new to the world of telecasters, my other electric guitars being the aforementioned Strat I bought used in '92, and a Gretsch 5420 -- which is the guitar I pick up and play more often after the acoustics.