My Big Block Tele arrived yesterday from eBay. Yay! It is in excellent condition. A little fretwear is all. I think this model was only produced for a couple years beginning in 2004. I had been looking for a 3-pickup Tele for a while and when I discovered this model, I really liked the look of the the black body, rosewood fretboard, block inlays and painted headstock. However, I couldn't find any for sale at the time I was ready to buy (November), so I picked up a new Blackout Deluxe which is very similar except it has a tinted maple neck with dot inlays, unpainted headstock and a black pickguard instead of chrome. I've been very happy with the Blackout. I even used a rotary file inside the cavity to make it deep enough for the Pickup Switch Upgrade so I could get all combinations of pickups, phases, and series/parallel. The upgrade is solder-less so it will be really easy to change pickups if I want. My only issues have been that in order to remove buzzing and fretting-out, I had to set it up with really high action. Also, the fret edges are in desperate need of filing. Last week I spotted the Big Block on ebay with a low starting bid and ended up winning it. I know it is very similar to the one I already own, but I figured that it is a rare item, it has the exact look I want, it came with a hard case, I could set them up with different pickups, action, and strings, the price was right, and I know I'll never regret owning two teles. Here are the "Brothers In Arms": The fret edges on the Big Block are nicely rolled. And the neck and middle pickups have hardly any hum. I wonder of the chrome pickguard is providing shielding or something. It is currently set up with low action, so there is buzzing, but it doesn't fret out, strangely enough. The radius is supposed to be the same as the Blackout, 9.5, and they both have medium-jumbo frets. Since I've already done the switch upgrade to the Blackout, now I'm considering swapping necks and pickguards to create a Big Blockout Deluxe Tele! But I've got to play it a lot more before I decide to do that. Will keep you posted!