Just a few thoughts as I sit at work wishing I were at home playing. Don't think of this guitar as "a Tele that isn't a Tele." Think of it as a very proud cousin, once removed, to a Tele. This is the G&L with the soapbar-sized pickups and the beefy top-mount bridge. Bridge pickup isn't mounted to a baseplate, just to the body like the neck pup. Here's what I like about this guitar. First off, because it's a top-loading bridge, the strings don't feel under so much tension. This guitar doesn't fight you like a through-body Tele or a G&L ASAT Classic. Now, lots of good Tele players like the fight; I like the not-fight. ;-). A buddy of mine has a '78 Tele thinline with the two wide-range pickups, and my guitar reminds me just a little of that one, the relative warmth and roundness -- and I'm sure it's because they're both top-loaders with the pickups mounted to the body. Which gets to the pickups. As others have noted, they're not P-90s. But they're fat and clear and warm and hi-fi and wide-range and unlike any other pickups on earth. Be prepared to roll off the tone knob, cuz they can get pitchy. And be ready to lower the pups and whatnot. You'll need to fiddle. But the ASAT gives you a special, wide tone palette -- that can get plenty Tele-like if you tweak it -- plus a different kind of playability than any Fender Tele. Give one a shot sometime and don't go in thinking, "This should sound like a Tele." Think, does this guitar have a cool tone or not? P.S.: I don't work for G&L or any store. I work for an ad agency that pitches dental products and software -- which is why I sit here thinking about guitars.