My Asher Ultra-Tone Deluxe was my first T-Style guitar. I've yet to find a stock tele to rival it. That said, I've recently gotten closer with mods to my American Special. Not that they sound the same, but they are similar in their quality of tone I've installed Fender American Professional pickups and a Rutters bridge on the Special. It's now a seriously good sounding guitar. Asher's build quality still kicks its butt - especially the neck where the wood and fret work are superb. That said, the Special is now one of the guitars that I don't intend to part with.