So I'm thinking of getting a Tele, or having something close built for me. I'm certain that everything about the design is important for getting that tone, but from an erganomic point of view Telecasters just aren't all that comfortable a guitar for my playing style. I'm a Strat Cat and doing volume swells from the conveniently close volume pot of a Strat is a vital part of my playing style, but on a Tele the volume pot is too far away. And no, it's not something I can get used to. I also like the sculpting of the Strat body for comfort, as well as the way the top "horn" holds the strap closer to the 12th fret which makes the guitar hang a little more to the right than a Tele would. I understand a lot of the Telecaster's tone comes from the fact that the bridge/pan that also holds the bridge pickup interacts with the bridge pickup. Also a Tele's bridge pickup is a little further from the bridge than a Strat's bridge pickup. It's also apparent that the body shape of a Tele with more wood near the neck pocket, as well as just more wood overall due to none of the wood is removed for all that Strat sculpting and contouring, would contribute to the Telecaster tone. What I'm thinking of is a Strat body but with a Tele pan style bridge and Tele pickup. I'd also have a Tele headstock. This is assuming that the most vital tone of a Tele comes from the bridge pickup's interaction with the bridge. I am aware that such a guitar would not sound completely like a Tele due to the body shape, but would sound considerably more like a Tele than a Strat with a typical hardtail bridge and a Tele pu in the Strat bridge pickup position. Another thing I like about Strats is the neck pickup and the "quack" tone position between the neck and middle pickups, so this guitar would be like a Strat in that way as well. So, my question to the experienced luthier gods of this forum is, will not having a Tele body, given that the bridge pickup is in a typical Tele pan type bridge, be unable to yeild close to Telecaster tones? Or is it a good idea after all?