Ok, right until yesterday I've been wanting to get a 50's style Telecaster, mostly the AV52RI. Yesterday I saw a great CIJ 62 Custom Telecaster in black in the local guitar store. What a looker! I'd never even thought about a black Tele before, but with the binding it was such a classy look I couldn't believe it. It was quite affordable as well. So, let's talk about the differences between 60's specs Teles to the 50's ones. The wood differences are obvious, ash vs alder and 2ofcourse the fingerboard as well, the maple vs rosewood.. How much does this REALLY effect the sound? I've grown to be pretty sceptic to all these myths.. One difference more: the bridge saddles. The saddles were threaded steel on the CIJ 62 vs to the brass saddles of the classic 50 designs. Are the steel saddles brighter sounding? That's what I've understood and was this to compensate for the warmer sound of the body and neck or something? It seems like the 50's style Tele is "the one", but the 60's seems cool too. Are there things that can't be done with the 60's model? Is a 60's Tele a real Tele? How big a role these things really play? Educate me, anyone with experiences of both??