The first Road Worn Tele I picked up got me into Fender; it was comfortable but had personality, sounded clear but full, and looked like a custom shop or vintage for a quarter of the cost... sadly, these days are gone. Fender's new (but trying to be old kinda) "Vintera" series has been unleashed, sporting vintage frets, vintage board radii, vintage neck profiles, vintage hardware... but not the beloved vintage finish (lacquer). To add insult to injury, they've cut regular production on every affordable lacquer option in the lineup. Why? Probably because it is cheaper to offer only one, and much of the customer base would be outraged for some reason if their guitar paint wore a bit. Let's be honest though, poly does chip, and when it does it looks and feels awful. Conversely, when lacquer wears, in many players' eyes it enhances the guitar in both look and feel. Does lacquer make the guitar sound significantly better? Probably not. Does 'vintage correct' have to be 100%? No, but to name a series "Vintera" and have no vintage lacquer finish is a bit misleading (even though maybe some 50s or 60s guitars had poly). Does everyone prefer lacquer? No, and that is fine. However, should there at least be affordable options for those who do? I sure hope so. Until then, us lacquer lovers will have to snag limited editions, or just build our own from third parties. I surely will be on the lookout for future lacquer options- they just feel like home.