My oldest son became such a good guitarist so fast & without even much of my help that I gave him my 1959 Les Paul a couple of years back as a reward. I don't really care much about $$$ value, & I really do like Fenders so much better. Gibbies make me lazy; I like a guitar that's super expressive & fights back a little. But this left me with no humbucker guitar at all & Fender had stopped making regular HH Teles. (I guess they didn't sell well, I don't know.) Today, & a little part in remembrance of the 40th anniv. of the death of Hendrix, I went to a local Fender dealer to buy a guitar. I walk in & there it is. I'd heard all about them here & elsewhere online, but being so new I figured there wouldn't be many in stores yet (they're easily available at the major online outlets now). It was just too much of a coincidence that the only one they had was the grayish silver one with a rosewood board -- the exact one I wanted. I have a phobia about red guitars & black ones suck up too much heat in summer outdoor gigs. Now, I figured there is going to have to be something wrong with this one. I love Fender's MIM guitars but I also know that the chances are a bit higher for problems. I mean, we're talking about a $449 guitar, even cheaper than the Standard! Nope, she's perfect. I looked & played her over for a good 15 minutes before I even plugged in. The guitar weighs in at 8.75 lbs., which is a bit on the heavy side, but the sustain is significantly higher than any of my other Teles, and I'm thinking this may be the reason. Anyhow, I'd heard criticism about the quality of the pickups (alnicos w/ nickel covers). I think they sound just great -- fully potted (which I must have), too. I seriously doubt I'm going to change these out. The bridge is acceptable, too. It's those Strat-type, bent metal pieces on a hard tail, like our current Am. Standards. If I make any mods at all, it'll be a change to the cut classic bridge w/ the 3-barrel brass, like Wilkinson now offers, a mere $32. I'll post again, maybe, after I've my first date with her -- tonight. I'm too old & had too many guitars to "honeymoon." So this review isn't hyped in any way. If they're all of similar quality as this, don't hesitate if you want HB's & don't want to forsake the Tele design.