... but you'll always wish you had a "real" Tele. Be patient... keep checking the "for sale" ads and one will crop up for cheaper than a new MIM and not much more than a squier. I've got a 97 USA standard strat, looks a bit scuffed but it's THE best sounding and playing guitar I have... compared to 2013 Strat and a 2013 Tele. It has the swimming pool route, probably made of Alder Jenga blocks and probably has alder veneer under the paint job. You'll likely get a 90's Tele for peanuts. Edit: Just had a quick look on Gbase. 90s USA Teles appearing around the $850 mark. How does that compare to Squier and MIM?