Hello, I'm a lurker who seldom posts but I have a question regarding the tele models listed above. I'm trying to decide between getting either one of the Vintera modified models and the American Elites still available new in some shops. I've been scouting the used market for a Baja since before production ceased with the thought that the Bajas were somewhat ubiquitous and would be readily available in the $600-$800 price point. However, when Fender discontinued the Bajas, used prices jumped by about $200+ and availability became kind of scarce on the usede market. Used Bajas don't seem to be particularly good values at the moment when you can get a new modified Vintera for $1,000 that would be devoid of use scars. Now that the American Elite has also been discontinued there is still NOS available for about $1300- $1400 at some guitar shops. Given that there is "only" a $400 separation between these price points, I am wondering if it might make sense to take the plunge on an American Elite instead. The positives of the Elite as I see them are: Hard shell TSA travel case included (~$200) Generation 4 noiseless pickups ("better" is highly subjective) Arguably smoother neck Cherry Burst finish available (as well as other color options) The negatives of the Elite I see are: Almost 50% more expensive Lack of traditional barrel bridge Arguably less desirable non-traditional neck (yeah, I'm a flake on certain things) Overall, I look at the differences here as differences between a "mid-range" guitar and a "lower upper end" guitar with not too big of a jump price wise. I'm not a huge fan of the limited color options of the Vintera modified teles and if I want to get a Butterscotch Blonde, the Vintera price jumps up to $1100, making the price diff between that and an American Elite even less. Out of the Vintera colors, if I had to pick one, I'd go with the Lake Placid Blue on the modified 60s Vintera. What I don't know is the difference amongst the pickups between all 3 models. What I'd like to get comments on are the different sound of the 3 different pickup sets, the different neck "feel" and playability between the different neck shapes and frets, and overall advice from those that have actually played all of them. Given the Covid-19 stuff I can't really get out to a store and play all of these (especially the Elite). Also, whatever I buy I will likely NOT modify it for at least a few years (example: I won't replace the bridge on an elite with a traditional barrel saddle anytime soon). Thanks in advance for any insight you guys can provide.