I have a Fender tele. It has always sounded good. I recently purchased Harley Benton telecaster. I've had it a couple months now. The Fender has tex me pickups in it and the Harley Benton has Altec Noiseless hot stacked pickups I play both daily and find myself going back and forth about which one sounds best and which one feels and plays best. Some days I like the sound of one over the other. There are even days that one sounds more bluesy than the other and next it be opposite. I guess what I'm trying to say is a Harley Benton though cheap stands up great to a Fender. I think overall feel of harly benton is best but Fender is faster. I could go on and on. Anyone ever have an expensive and cheap one you played equally as much?