Guys, as we all know, the MIM Standard Tele's are quite popular, with the novice as well as with the seasoned player. That said, there are many MIM Standard Tele's being bought, sold and traded every day. Fender has incorporated several changes over the past 10 years; therefore, when shopping for a used MIM Standard Tele, a buyer needs to know what's in front of him. Why not compose a "MIM Standard Primer" for the potential buyer? What notable changes were incorporated over the past 10 years that should be on a buyer's radar screen? For the sake of simplicity, let's take the FSR's out of the mix. I'll start, and edit/add your contributions along the way... 2008-current: tinted neck, Fender transition logo (serial number goes to back of headstock), parchment plastic parts. 2006-2008: Hot Tele ceramic pickups, medium jumbo frets, shielded body cavities. 1998-2005: Alder body, vintage style frets. 1995-1998: Thru-body bridge (1996). 1991-1995: Poplar body, standard Tele Alnico 5 pickups, Top-loader bridge.