Up near Julian area where it snows ...yes it snows in (east) San Diego County! I’ve been playing bass guitar for the longest, 15 years. I started in sophomore year of HS with an Ibanez starter bass, joined a band in freshman year of college, and finally upgraded to a Fender Am. Std. P bass my senior year of college. I’m glad I waited so long to get a nice instrument because I really knew how to play and put in time practicing by then. I also discovered the local pawn shop during college. They had some deals (still in 2012!) on gear. No, not on guitars or effects pedals, but on synthesizers! So yeah I have some synthesizers, combo organs (like a Farfisa Compact), and other keyboardist-y things. I love to be at jam sessions and be versatile (if it’s allowed). During HS I bought a Squier Affinity Tele, which I loved for about a week. Then I almost never enjoyed playing it. Too brittle and tacky looking (butterscotch blonde was not for me!). Sold it at a “huge” loss just to be done with it. I still had my acoustic guitar which worked for me. Just a few days ago I re-discovered the telecaster in all its glory. Sitting on a used rack of a big box store was an Elite Tele from recent years. Played it a ton over two different days and realized a good Tele is amazing. I bought it and yeah now I know what a tele can do. Looking back I should have just saved some more and went with a MiM tele instead of the Affinity. On another note: although I love the Stratocaster sound, I couldn’t gel with the Volume knob being so close to the strings. P basses are similar to Tele’s in this regard. Congrats to everyone who has does it though!