I've always owned and played humbucker guitars. Gibsons, PRS, Anderson. I've purchased a few strats, only to sell them because I couldn't play them well. Not sure why. I do own a Suhr classic which I really like, however, it's still a strat. I wanted to try a Tele to add another tone to my arsenal. Plus lots of players that do cool rhythm stuff play teles. I've always attributed the sound to the amps they're using. Nonetheless, I took the plunge and bought a use MIJ 62 reissue. Upgraded with Fender Broadcaster pups. Alder w/ rosewood. WOW - I LOVE this guitar. I love the tones. I love the way i play with it. I find myself playing more interesting rhythm stuff. And it doesn't play like a strat. The pups are not as "peaky". I seems more forgiving than a strat. It's taking a bit of getting used to the string spacing being wider, but that's not too big of deal. I might actually have to debut this at my gig next weekend. Very excited.