The last few years I have drifted away from playing Teles but I have recently switched bands and I have been finding that a Tele works really well for this band. I have plenty of Teles but I was getting GAS for a new one. Last night I picked up a Fender Carved Koa Top Select Tele. I love it! I spent all last night playing it and comparing it to my other Teles and it does have a distinct tone, warmer but still retaining the Tele sound. I'm not sure if it is the woods used or the pickups or both. Also I'm a big fan of 10s on my Teles but the 9s shipped on this guitar feel really good, I may do my first gig tomorrow with them on it and see how it goes. Overall I couldn't be happier with the guitar.