I beg to disagree.
However(and it's a big however)... The biggest "Telecaster hurdle" to overcome is the ashtray bridge but
my victory would be hollow if the bridge type was something else. No... for me it needs to be an ashtray bridge
because it most definitely is not comfortable.
TL;DR - I disagree but given a choice, I still wouldn't have any other bridge on a Telecaster!
I mostly agree. I've never found the ashtray uncomfortable, and sometimes I find the edges useful in their own right because I have a better sense of my right hand position via feel/without having to look.
I myself have never felt uncomfortable or a "sharp edge" or any pain while playing an ashtray bridge. Perhaps it's a style thing or the way you learned to pick but most big time country artists (classic Country music and MODERN country) prefer ashtray bridges with the prongs sticking out.
It is critical for the sounds you get, playing a Tele (that you won't get with a Les Paul) and it sort of forces me to play fingerstyle and not be making sweeping motions with the right hand. A guitar that incentivizes more tasty playing? Please sign me up - no, wait. I'm already signed up. :^)
The one I started on was actually a 1977 Ibanez challenger tele copy. Beautiful ash with clear poly finish, white pick guard, and of course it had the chrome ash tray on the bridge. Was my dad‘s but he never played electric much.