I had tried telecasters in the store, and being a strat player my entire life they did not feel foreign to me. However, in the start of my guitar playing lifetime (age 13) I thought the telecaster was the ugliest guitar in the store. As I grew older I learned to appreciate the design of the telecaster as I did my vegetables. However, I never bought one until just recently. Woah, is all I can say, I've really been missing out. I love strats don't get me wrong, but I've always found them to be a bit finicky. And more importantly, I do not like the quack tone on positions 2 and 4, just not me cup of tea never has been, I only use the strat neck and bridge pickup, and I never use the tremolo. So, I started thinking hey I recently had to sell ALL my gear to help pay for tuition and I was left without a guitar but I didn't really care because I knew I would get a new "different" guitar eventually... well, I bought a squier CVC and damn am I sure glad I did that and not an epiphone les paul. Ive really had some time to play this thing all week and basically its exactly what I wanted out of my strat but wasn't getting. Much much beefier bridge tone, and I still have a really nice sounding neck pickup, while it doesn't sound like a strat neck, thats ok, it sounds just as good just in its own way. I love the controls, two knobs, awesome. I've been playing strats my whole life and I couldn't even tell you what pup is connected to what tone pot. Oh yeh, and binding, I'm a sucker for binding on a tele. Overall I feel like the guitar has a faster response than the stratocaster. It's hard to put into words really, but you tele players probably know what I mean. I also find it is much more comfortable to play for me standing up than the strat was, and I don't even miss any contour curves sitting or standing. Then again I'm kinda thin. Anyway, so so so happy I bought this thing. I think I finally have found "my" guitar. It sounds fantastic as is, but of course now I'm thinking.. hrmm.. what if I put some Fralin Blues Specials in it. Why can't I just leave a good thing alone.