My two most recent Teles are 1) Fender Player alder, Tidepool finish, with rosewood fretboard - Dimarzio Twang King neck pickup 2) Fender Special Edition ASH, Aged Cherry Burst finish, with maple fretboard - Cavalier Lion King neck pickup The difference in brightness and tonal sparkle between these two, when playing the neck pickups, is DRAMATIC. The electronics are the same, aside from the volume pot on the Player Tele is 930k and that in the Ash Tele is 460k. I was expecting the Lion King and the Twang King neck pickups to be relatively similar sounding. So, aside from the volume pots, the differences are: Alder/rosewood/Twang King/modern bridge saddles. VS. Ash/maple/Lion King/vintage bridge saddles I would have expected the 930k volume pot in the alder Tele to result in an even brighter tone than the ash Tele with the 460k volume pot - BUT, the Ash Tele is MUCH brighter and more sparkly than the alder Tele is. Can the maple neck, ash body, and brass saddles make THAT much tonal difference? Enough to completely negate the dramatic difference in the volume pot resistance? OR, is the Lion King a dramatically brighter pickup than a Twang King is? I'm really curious to hear your views on this. And, I think I'm just going to have to do a pickup swap between these two guitars to see if the difference is owing primarily to the two neck pickups. I will add that I have 11's on the alder Tele and the ash Tele still has the original Fender strings which are around 9.5 (MUCH lighter gauge).