Awesome! Welcome to the club and I'm glad you finally got around to getting a Tele. I was kind of like you. I played my father's 1983 Ibanez Roadstar II for the first 3 years of my guitar journey. When it was time to get another guitar, I knew nothing about different guitars. In fact, my Ibanez looked, in my mind, exactly like a Strat. So when I had to decide which guitar I wanted, I went with a Strat because, I mean, how could you go wrong with a Strat? But not too long after I learned what a Telecaster was. Then I found a $600 MIA Telecaster and I had to buy it. Spent all my birthday money on it, too. (I still don't have a job so I can't pay for it any other way. ). My guitar life hasn't been the same since then. Now I want an entire collection of Telecasters. I never get tired of looking at them, and playing them.