No, it does not come across as abrasive at all and no, it is not splitting hairs. The simple fact is that only Fender can make Teles and playing a $150 copy and making judgments about Telecasters is just silly. It might be a T-style body (with style being the operative word there) but that is all because the woods are not of the same quality, the pickups are not the same nor are they of the same quality, etc. Comparing your $2k guitar to a $150 copy is comparing apples to raisins. Yes it is.