Originally Posted by mrm4712
...I'm not the set up guru and get a little intimidated with setting up intonation and action...
Well, see there's some opportunity here.
Basic set-up isn't rocket science (I mean if I
can get through some of the basics...). This is a great place to learn about that kind of stuff. The biggest favor you can do for yourself is to get comfortable with setting - and re-setting - the easy things like neck relief, string height, intonation, pickup height, etc. Hey, it's all adjustable and a Tele is about as basic as it gets.
Read the threads here, pick up a book or video and check it out. With just a little acquired skill and some basic tools, you'll always be able to make your guitar play and feel good. A local tech let me sit in on a set up and really helped me get started (mostly by getting over the fear of messing something up). Pretty much anything you do to a guitar with an allen key or screw driver you can un-do with the same tools.
Next thing you know, you'll be working on nuts and frets.