Hi, I'm new to the Gear page. I've used this forum for information and research for quite some time now, and I thought I would give something back. I just purchased a Custom Tele from Rice Custom Guitars. I did a lot of comparisons and research prior to my decision. I've had the guitar for over two months now, and I couldn't be more pleased. The playability and tone is unsurpassed. Rich and Chris build top quality guitars and at affordable prices. My guitar is swamp ash body, maple neck with cocobolo fingerboard. It is #168 on their website: WWW.Ricecustomguitars.com. Check them out. Happy to be part of The Gear Page.