My first real guitar was a MIM tele 12 years ago. Only now have I accepted that I'm just a tele guy. Went into to LA Music and came out with an 08 Fender 50's Road Worn Tele. Wasn't a huge fan of the whole relic thing, but damn does this thing feel great, play great and sound fantastic. They had one of the newer ones, but the neck just wasn't the same and sounded a lot more sterile/cold. I did like that it was less beat up, but aesthetics can only go so far. Played a bunch of classic player teles, highway ones and american standards. This one played better than all of them. Sold my american standard strat too.