Hi all, I'm a newbie to this forum. Here in the UK I believe that brand new Teles are over-priced at the top specification, and in the lower priced guitars there have necessarily been compromises. I have an itch to get a tele, and I'm struggling with Ebay choices. A friend of mine paid £400 in the mid-90s and sold it recently at a profit, for £700. So it seems an oldie might be an investment. But I'm not in it for profit, I just want to play, so I'm looking for quality of build, and authentic tele chicken-pickin' sound. I'm tempted by a Baja as possibly the best out of Mexico, but there's some innovation in that guitar which I'm not sure about. To get to the point specifically - what was the build quality, and sound quality and playability, of a USA built standard telecaster of year 2002? Was that a good period, or one of the less glorious times of Fender production? Cheers, Stainless.