Hey ya'll! First post here I just finished my first tele build...and I'm underwhelmed with the tone. Sounds like a blanket is over the speaker. No sparkle or tele spank from either pickup both through an amp and acoustically compared to my strat. Here are the parts from the build: Warmoth roasted maple neck w/rosewood board, 59' profile, bone nut, stainless med jumbo frets, gotoh vintage tuners. Neck fit is a tight in the pocket. Musikraft pine body finished in Varathane worn navy and a thin nitro. (I tried the vinegar/brillow trick but it turned brown on the wood, not grey). Gotoh 'in-tune' bridge with compensated brass saddles. Pickups custom wound pickups by Rob Cavalier for a vintage trebly response. Electronics from RSGuitarworks. What I've done to find the issue is wire the pickups directly to the output jack to eliminate the RS parts as being a problem. No difference. Then I returned the first set of pickups. Rob was incredibly helpful and communicative...on a Saturday and Sunday no less! I just put in the new set and same thing...dull with no sparkle. I don't have any other tele pickups to swap. Now I'm looking at the bridge. Acoustically, it doesn't sound very bright. I've AB'd it to my strat both through an amp and acoustically and the tele has the mid honk but no top end sparkle/presence/spank like the strat (it has a gotoh 510 vintage bridge with ss block and vintage saddles). I read somewhere that the thicker the bridge plate on a tele, the duller the sound can be and this Gotoh has a really thick steel bridge plate...about 3mm. It feels like a slab. Not sure if there is any truth to that or not as I have never compared before and after myself. Before I decide on just replacing the saddles with SS or Titanium or replacing the bridge altogether, I could really use some of your wisdom!