I'm thinking of getting a strat or tele but from what I played yesterday, I'm not quite sure.
I had one of the Teles. I thought the birdseye on the neck was a bit gaudy, but it felt great, played great, and sounded fantastic (but that was with a '51 Nocaster bridge pickup and a mini-bucker in the neck). I bought it used and I felt like it was one hell of a Tele for the money.
Here's a pic of it: