So about 7 months ago I had to sell ALL my gear to fund my return to college and pay for classes. I was left feeling absolutely naked not having a guitar hanging around, so I went out and bought a cheap acoustic guitar thinking that would fill the void and it hasn't. I really miss an electric. I don't even need nor can I afford an amp just yet, I would be very happy just being able to play the electric guitar acoustically for now, thats how much I miss it! So, I have played strats my entire playing life. I have tried getting along with other guitars but I am most comfortable on a Fender. Which is odd because Gibson's and PRS are actually much easier to play for me with the shorter scale length, but they lack that low end thump you can get with a Fender on the low strings.. that fat hollow sound we all love. So what is making me lean towards a telecaster is the fact that when playing strats I never ever use anything other than the neck or bridge pickup. Maybe I'm the odd one but I do not like the 2 and 4 positions on the strat, the quack does nothing for me. I have been trying out tons of telecasters in music shops and Im really falling in love. I love the tele neck pickup tone, and the bridge is just so much more fun to play than a stratocaster bridge pup. I have been looking at the following tele's and this is how I feel about them... Squier Classic Vibe Custom I absolutely love the look of this guitar. Its gorgeous. I can adapt to pretty much any neck shape so the somewhat thin neck doesn't really bother me. What does bother me about this model is that it had the more modern narrow string spacing. Other than that I think its a great guitar and by far the prettiest of the tele's in my price range. Standard MIM Tele I am very impressed with the MIM standard tele's because nearly every one I have tried in local GC's and Sam Ash's have played great and have been setup quite well, nuts look like they were cut well, and the action has been great. Since I know GC and Sam Ash are just pulling these out of the box and putting these on the wall this tells me Fender Mexico is setting them up pretty nicely from the factory. This model feels like it uses a wider string spacing than the classic vibe. What I'm not nuts for on this model is the modern 6 saddle bridge (just doesnt look right on a tele to me) and I'm not nuts for the gloss fretboard. I would much prefer if it were satin on both the front and the back. If I were to get this model, I would be replacing the bridge with a vintage bridge. Road Worn Telecaster So far this model is my favorite. I love the finish, it feels and looks vintage. I love the wider vintage spaced nut width and string spacing, and it has the vintage bridge. The biggest selling point on this model for me is that the neck has that broken in feel and doesn't feel sticky, and the 6105 frets are an absolute DREAM to play on. I thought the frets on the classic vibe and the MIM were fine until I played this model and the tall narrow 6105's made the guitar so much more fun and enjoyable. My ONLY gripe with this guitar is the 7.25 radius. I really wish it was 9.5, I really only care about being able to do one step bends, so with a fret leveling and a great setup from a pro I imagine I can get this guitar to have a very low action and still be able to do one step bends right? This model is also a little beyond my price range, but I would be willing to go for it because it wouldn't need any modifications at all, and it by far felt the most solid and well built guitar. The nitro finish made it feel somewhat "expensive" , it felt closer to a custom shop relic than a mexican guitar. So, I am very much leaning towards this model however I am completley torn on whether to go for the ash or alder version? I much prefer the 2-tone sunburst which only comes in alder, but is there a reason I should consider the ash version other cosmetic? If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to hear them. Also, I'm not really interested in purchasing a used guitar, mainly because I will be putting some of the purchase on a credit card and I want a shiny brandy new guitar! Lastly, I would love to find a lightweight tele, what would be considered a light one?