...strings. My guitar just had not been working well for me recently. OK, it is not a Tele - but an upscale Strat. Dead sounding, could not get "the sound" I used to, and I have just been fighting with the thing for some time now. To the point I just did not want to play. The last set of strings I've had were Fender Bullet 11's. I've been playing Teles as stores recently. I thought maybe she found out and was jealous. New Teles tend to have 9's, and were much easier to play, so I decided to try a new set of strings. Since I have been using 11's for some time now, I went out and got a set of 10's. I got SIT strings, made just down the road in Akron, Ohio (since Akron is east of me, is it down the road, or along the road, not up the road, oh never mind...) I put the set of 10's on, pulled two springs out of the block, and set it up to just barely float above the body (I had it pulled down to the body). Tune, stretch, adjust the float, tune, adjust, and tune again. Then I plugged in and WHOA! The sound was back. Punchy. Bouncy lows. String definition. Crisp attacks. I had to turn the bass up, and turn the treble down. I don't have to fight the neck anymore. I have strings now - not titanium bars. My wife yells "Are those the new strings? Wow that sounds good - you sound clear again!" Yep. No more Fender strings. I realize the SIT sets are fairly bright, but come on. I have had 11's that are much easier to play - and I used to use big sets, since I like the third string to be wound to eliminate the breakup on that string. Now I realize I need to re-setup my intonation, and probably readjust the pickup height, but I am looking forward to doing this, rather than dreading it. So my guitar may now get Tele as a friend, rather than a replacement. I really like the smaller radius, the fixed bridge, that sound!, the simplicity, and a bunch of other things... God I need a Tele now.