I got my first Tele style guitar around 2004ish and it was a Fernandes TE-1N. It was like a 60's version of the natural butterscotch type finish. Why 60s? It had the later tuner copies, 3-ply pickguard, 60's style pickups, rosewood board, steel barrels etc. Awesome guitar. Next was a 2012 Fender Baja 50s in BSB. Great guitar of course- we all know this guitar. Next was a Squier Thinline that I dropped in some Onamac custom pickups in. Cheapest of the bunch. Somewhere in there is bought and sold a 1995 US Standard Tele in cream for a good profit. I love the Fernandes best still, then the Squier I think (damn that guitar is good. If I had a sig model this would be it, Squier brand and all.). I had swapped out the Baja stock bridge pickup for a Van Zandt True Vintage and while it sounds great it kinda ruined the relationship between the neck and bridge so the original is going back in. Where is the VZ going? I'm s l o w l y building a Tele myself since I'm in such obvious need of one. I'm sitting on that Fender because it's a popular thing- I can actually get about as much for it now as I paid for it back then. If I had it to do all over again I might have just stuck with the Fernandes since it is still such a great fit for me. Building one will be a fun bank-account-drain.