There's this mom'n'pop store downtown Portland Maine and today, as I was driving by it on my way back from a business meeting, I decided to stop by and see what they have. Well, it turns out they had plenty of gear that I would love to bring home. First I plugged in a Fender Nocaster The fattest neck known to a tele, but in a good way. The pickups were clear as a bell. A fantastic guitar throughout. The finish on the body was to die for. The neck was a beast but comfortable at the same time. Definitely a guitar I'd love to own. The price tag was north of $2300, which is about $2299 more than I had in my pocket, so needless to say she's still hanging on their wall. The second guitar I tried was a Danny Gatton tele. Complete with the fake diamonds as dot markers on the side of the neck, and the Barden pickups. The neck was one of the most beautifully figured necks I have had in my paws in a long, long while. Birdseye everywhere, it was almost a distraction while playing. Simply stunning. The balance on that guitar was darn near perfect. The cubic zirconia stuff on the neck is as cheesy as it gets and something I wouldn't be able to keep. The Barden pickups were very cold, for lack of a better term. All notes shimmered perfectly, but somehow it was too clinical sounding if that makes sense. Fantastic pickups, but not for me. The last guitar I tried was an American Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster. Holy mother of God that's one righteous guitar. It comes with a mini bucker from Seymour Duncan in the neck, and that thing had TONE for days. The neck was thinner than I normally care for, but so well shaped that it was very comfortable. The balance between the neck and bridge pickups could have been better, but I am being awfully picky. THis is a fantastic guitar throughout. The finish was spotless, and the guitar was perfectly set up. Of the three, I figured that I would want to bring the Nocaster home, but the truth of the matter is that the hot rod is the one that kept calling my name. This is an incredible guitar, and if you have a chance to try one out, don't pass. Grab it right that minute!