After 12 yeas of Les Paul'ing, and 15 years before that of Ibanez heavy metal types, I must now learn the Tele to play country music. I'm struggling. The tone is thin and shrill. My low E sounds great when OD'd and chugged on, but chords and thin, and the the B and hi-E are thin and shrill. Also, I cannot 'hear' the guitar when playing live no matter how loud the amp is. The clean stuff is teh worst - a moderate OD does help smooth it out, makes it easier to hear, and takes away a little shrillness. But my humbuckers! Oh man! Fat, full, and LOUD. I realize that Tele single coils must sound different from a Les Paul, but this is getting ridiculous. I can't make sense of the Tele. My Tele is an Xavier XV820. It plays like a dream! Just doesn't sound too good. I was thinking of replacing the pups with a calibrated set of Lil Punchers, with coil-tap push/pulls wired in. Help! I'm sinking here.... -John PS Thanks!