I was in the market for my first electric and I had it down to two styles, an SG or Tele. My instructor suggested a Tele. I don't regret for a second going with his advice. Whenever I look at SGs in my price range (~$400) I'm stunned how crappy the fretwork is. I hear tons of horror stories about all manner of Gibsons/Epiphones and their headstocks getting knocked off. All hail the indestructible Tele!