As said above, the neck feel is the important factor and to start there. The Squiers tend to have a sharp edge at the fretboard that rounds to a thin neck profile. I have a Standard Tele with that (think Strat profile) and an older Affinity Tele with a more baseball bat type of neck (that doesn't start to curve until after the thickness of the fretboard) which I think is more rare. I took a file to my Strat fretboard edges to give them that worn-in feel, I might do that with the Standard Tele. If you're going to make a project of it anyway, buy a used Squier Tele and mod it up. Expect any used (and some new) instruments will need a fret level and polish so that is a good investment of time or cash. My first Telecaster was this little $10 damaged project that I use for a travel guitar (~23inch scale almost a Mustang/Jaguar size). Google search "Hannah Montana electric guitar" and you'll see what Disney sold for a couple of years (Oh the Purple! That took some time to take off). Made by Samick for Washburn for Disney. Actually impressive full size and tone pickups (youtube has some videos).