Like many, I keep searching for the perfect sound...sounds is probably more accurate since there are several in my head. One of these is the perfect Tele sound. As a point of reference, I'm a Roy Buchanan fan but also appreciate some of the more modern country Tele players like Brad Paisley. In the last 5-6 years I've gone through a bunch of teles and I thought I'd offer up my impressions. I'm sure you may see it differently, so take my impressions with a grain of salt. Here's my tele quest in chronological order. - G&L ASAT: great value in a guitar, the MFD "soapbar"-like pickups had their own sound, but not that classic twang and snarl I wanted. Really well made and underpriced on the used market - Fender 52 RI: nice guitar! Radius is a bit challenging...feels like it's fighting me. Great sounding body and decent pickups. Wish I kept it. Excellent snarl...Roy would likely approve - G&L ASAT Classic Semi-Hollow: an amazing guitar! Ash bod an RW fingerboard. Sounded aweful with duncan hot tele pickups. When I dropped in Fralins, it sounded just awesome! Second best sounding tele in my quest and a great value. I've tried the solid Classics, but like the semi-hollow better. Traded it for a 79' LP Custom. What an Idiot I was. Really regret trading this one. - Fender USA production tele: good, but nothing special. Played well and sounded good. Really reliable. - Fender 62 RI: I could never get close to this one. It sounded a bit cold and lifeless to me. - Melancon Classic T: Really well built. Came with Rio Grande pickups and I tried Lollars in it as well. Solid and artistic workmanship. A good value used. In the top 1/3rd on boutique teles. Had the classic snarl but could sometimes sound a bit thin. - Grosh Retro-T: I'm a big Grosh fan. My Retro-S is the finest strat-like guitar I've ever played. The Grosh-T was really good; solid tone and workmanship, but fell short of the ASAT Classic semi-hollow in my opinion (might be my G&L was a one-in-a-million). - Anderson Hollow-T: Best neck ever!! Never felt this good to play. It was maple cap over basswood and I don't think that combo was for me. It had an overly strong fundemental tone and not much in the way of overtones/harmonics. Perhaps an Anderson solid with Ash body? We'll never know. - Suhr Classic-T: Top notch all the way around! Great body wood, nice pickups, and really great neck. Had that 50's tele sound, but with a bit more output. Output affects tone and harmonics and I think it was a touch too much for me. That said, it was my 2nd favorite. - Fender Custom Shop 51' NOS: Best by far! I can't play like Roy, but I sure can sound like him. Overdrives beautifully. Lightweight, incredible sustain, resonant body and a great FAT neck. The fat neck alone made the vintage radius and frets livable. I can't put it down. The knob setup is a bit weird at first...the 2nd knob blends in the neck with the bridge. There's no tone knob...just vol and blend. The pickup selector in the forward position is useless...it has a treble bleed off capacitor and sounds incredibly muted (not jazzy at all). It's all in the wood and the wood is amazing; but I'm also impressed with the custom shop pickups. I'm not changing a thing. - RECENT ADDITION: Since the first post in 2006, I picked up a K-Line Tele. It's a lightweight ash body, in relic'd black, with maple neck, 1" C-shape, 9.5" radius and 6105 frets. It's a Lollar special bridge and a Lollar vintage neck. The neck is a bit big...feels like the same size as the 51 NOS but with bigger shoulders. It's slightly heavier than the 51 NOS, but still under 7 lbs. It's really resonant and the Lollar pickups are a great match. Classic tele sound. Bridge may not scream, but it sure shouts loud when cranked. Best "two pickups combined" sound I've ever heard. Just a nicely crafted, lively guitar that looks good and plays great. It's now my second favorite. So my favorites in my non-random, unscientific sample are (in order of preference): 1- Fender CS NOS 51' 2- recently added the K-Line and it's number 2! 3- Suhr Classic-T 4- ASAT Classic Semi-hollow Please forgive me if I slighted one of your favorites or omitted one. The above is simply one man's opinion. The one thing I'm sure you'll agree with me on, is there has never been a greater selection of good guitars and has never been a better time to be a guitarist. Growing up, it was only Fender or Gibson (maybe Gretsch, Ric and Epi too). Now look where we are! Thanks for reading. I'd love to hear your experiences.