Maybe I just had to mature, but I used to HATE Teles, especially ash/maple Teles. They were like the fat ugly older sister of the Strat. But over the last couple years, I've become more and more smitten with the Telecaster. I finally gave in today when I found a nice used '04 Deluxe Nashville model. It's honey blonde ash with one-piece maple neck and tortoise pickguard. Hands-down the best value Telecaster out there, IMO. For the most part, I'd say the fit and finish is on par with the US-made models I've seen. I A/B'd it with a '99 Am Std Tele (which cost nearly twice as much), and the Nashville just killed it. This guitar has a very wide frequency range. It can get a bit bright, but I actually use the TONE CONTROL, something I rarely feel a need to utilize on other guitars. The Tex-Mex pups actually sound quite good, too. I'm also impressed at how much the sound changes just by where I play over the pickups. I know this affects any guitar, but it is particularly effective here. It's such a complex guitar, full of many great sounds even without switching pups. My only real gripe is not with the quality, just the Tele design: There's too much obstruction of the picking path! The combo of ashtray bridge, middle pickup and 4-ply pickguard make it a little uncomfortable to pick. The ashtray is particularly annoying. What do you Tele nuts do to work around it? Or, is there a good replacement that doesn't have the "walls"?