I had exactly the same experience as tarheelbob, with the addition of a Deluxe Reverb in between. There's really no comparing the two amps. For your purposes, the 15 watt PRRI SE will fill the bill. I own the amp in that ad and it is sweet once the speaker gets broken in. If you really want to twang, put an alnico in it. With a tele, you'll have to ride the tone knob to keep the icepick at bay, tho.