I absolutely love sunburst teles and have been saving for a long time to do my first build with any components I want. The Problem? There are two versions of sunburst teles that both have great but different attributes. Why not just incorporate the best of both worlds? Because I'm a little compulsive about historic authenticity. Weird, I know! 1957 Telecaster Pros: 1) Beautiful 2-tone sunburst finish 2) Typically on Ash, which I prefer 3) Maple neck, which, while I don't have a super-strong preference either way, is a unique and classic Fender innovation. 4) More of a 50's sound 5) 1-ply white guard, which I LOVE for its clean look without tons of screws. Cons: 1) No binding. 1962 Custom Telecaster Pros: 1) Binding; looks amazing (although is purposefully reminiscent of a Gibson). 2) Rosewood with CLAY dots: slightly darker sound (which is good for me), and the clay dots look great when they've aged and darkened. 3) Very iconic-looking guitar for rock, which I play. Cons: 1) Pickguard: I just don't like the cluttered look of 8-hole pickguards. 2) Pickups: typical 60's pickups sound pretty thin and trebly to me, but I'm sure I could find some really hot and fat replacements. 3) 3-tone burst: for some reason, it just doesn't look as classy as the 2-tone to me. 4) Overall busy-ness: The combination of binding, 3-tones in the finish, 3-ply pickguard with 8 screws, both rosewood and maple on the neck, etc make for an overly-busy aesthetic.