I hated telecasters and thought they were grandpa guitars, but like a lot of you, the tele was THE tone. I always favored hollowbodies and semihollows, and I still do. As soon as I picked up an American Tele I was disappointed in how it sounded stock. So I tried CV and MIM tele's and they were a match made in heaven. So now I'm playing through a standard squier tele in CAR and a humbucker in the neck with a rosewood neck, and a fender esquire that gives me tone for days. It helps that I'm playing through a 93 Blues Deville.