I got into teles about 10 years ago. Before that i was strats only since i guess about late 70s or 80. I'd buy a tele every now and then but sell it quick because i just liked strats so much more. When i got into teles to where i finally "got it", i went thru about 7 or 8 of them and the last one i sold was about a month ago, a really nice classic vibe 50s.There were times all i wanted to play are my teles but then i'd switch up and be into starts for a while. Back and fourth over and over. But then i got the MIM 69 thinline FSR CAR i did a NGD a while back. This one is different. I switched back and fourth between strats and teles for about the last decade because i found them reasonably similar in girth, so switching wasn't a radical change. But with the thinline things are different. The strat sounds so tinny and puny compared to this tele that i can't stand my strat anymore. Every time i pick it up i think how did i ever play strats all those years? I have a huge parts box full of parts from decades of tweaking and for the last week i have been swapping out bridges and blocks, saddle, pickups, all sorts of stuff trying to fatten it up. But it finally hit me it ain't gonna happen because this thinline is so big sounding, more then my other teles. I'm a bit sad about this because while i am perfectly happy playing just the thinline and my LP P90 special on occasion, i know i cannot ever be W/0 a strat. II just have too much history with them. But at the same time i don't know if i can ever play it anymore. Compared to the tele it sounds like it's strung with all plain strings. I never felt this way with my other teles, 3 of which were also MIM classic series tho solid bodies. On the bright side this tele is my fav to date. And it's the only one that makes a strat sound so tiny ! Anyone else have a 69TL that spoke to them so much?