Hi gang. Excited about joining this thread and hearing from some experienced tele fans. Here is my dilemma. There are a ton of teles out there!!!!! I would be a first time buyer. I could afford American and my first inclination is to screw it and just buy American. But most of you guys buy cheaper teles and then mod the hell out of them. I am not an accomplished guitar player and dont even know if I will become proficient enough to play one of them. Still, I have good taste and appreciate quality. But I am also one of the cheapest SOB’s on the planet earth. So, you can understand my dilemma. If I do not buy American, what would be the best tele to purchase? Ideally it would be one that I am happy with stock, but also worth modding if I ever get excited. This ought to light up the airwaves. Thanks for your help and input. This is driving me crazy!!!!!