Hello, I've been playing my Tele since around 1976. I believe the manufacture date is around 1969. Always loved this guitar. But it's hard to pull the 1st string (when playing) as that string is so close to the edge of the neck, it's hard to get under it for pulling. Other than that, this is still the best guitar I've ever played. Love the feel of the neck. And the sound! Always has been my favorite for playing/performing. I'm giving some thought to trying much thicker strings on this guitar. Just to give it more grip for my fingers. I'm playing more chords these days (less leads) and I can pull all the other strings w/ no problem anyway (except that 1st string, which I just hammer a lot). Usually I put on strings that start w/ a 9 or 10. Was thinking of going as high as 11 or 12. Anyone have any suggestions/comments re: this, and about the strings you use on your Tele? Thanks in advance.