There was a multi-page NGD thread featuring an Am. Elite Tele a month or two ago. OP can search for it if he likes. I was going to get a Channel Bound Tele for the compound radius neck (which the Elite also has of course), but when I saw the Elite with its uniquely streaked ebony fingerboard, I just had to get that. My tastes lean "modern" - whatever that means. I'm not into country, Texas blues, or other rootsy styles that peeps buy Teles for. I love the compound radius neck, and the stock pickups sound great to my ears. I can get the spanky sounds and twang one would expect from a Tele, and I can also get nice mellow tones that still have the characteristic Tele chine. I also love the heavier tones I can get using the S1 switch. Bought it used from Mountain Music, who took really good care of the guitar and sent it to me set up perfectly, for my tastes.