Apologises for the rambling. Since I picked up guitar in my teens, I'd always lusted after a Tele. I have a memory of walking into a guitar shop in Edinburgh as a kid and playing the slinkiest, smoothest butterscotch Tele ever. So in July last year, at the height of the UK's first lockdown and after a lifetime of playing les pauls and strats, I bought a Vintera 60s Modified tele in LPB - my long time favourite fender colour. It was a birthday present to myself and I genuinely loved it. The problem was that it didn't have a maple neck. All my previous guitars had been rosewood or similar, so I naturally went with what I knew. That was a mistake as the Tele just never fulfilled the image and experience of that tele I played as a kid. Then Fender released the roadworn vintera in LPB with maple neck and my heart sank - there was my dream guitar (relic aside) and I had just bought another! Well in a moment of sheer madness last week I walked into my local guitar shop to avoid the rain and bought it. When I got home with it I did something I had never done before - I took it straight back out to a local luthier and asked him for a full set up with lighter gauge strings and a nice slinky tight action. I find that the big name shops never set them up that well, and I wanted this guitar to have the best chance of being it's best self. Now I have had it back a while I can just say it's perfect. I cant put it down. A few observations (many of which repeat what has already been discussed on this forum): Not typically a fan of relic guitars. This looks good, and is about as beaten up as I would like. Most importantly, not having to worry about a spotless poly finish is truly liberating! Now I just worry about the nitro reacting with plastic stands etc. instead. I spent time worrying about fret types (vintage tall) and neck radii (7.25"). Now I am playing it, I really don't think these things matter as much as some make out. It feels good, it plays good. Not significantly easier or harder than the vintera mod (medium jumbo / 9.5" radius) or my les paul ( chunky flat frets / extremely flat radius). The real difference is that the neck has some heft to it, described as a "U". I have never owned such a chunky neck - it's great to have the variety in the collection now and I am really enjoying how it feels in the hand. I read these are better for large hands but I think that's more online folklore. I have smaller hands and can play this just as well as any other neck, getting thumb over too. I agree some of the true baseball bat necks out there are a little trickier but this neck isn't one to worry about. It feels reassuring in the hand, sturdy, like it can take a beating. It sounds better than any expectation I had! I had assumed I would change the pickups in short order, but these can stay for now. Just a little hotter than vintage, but well rounded and none of that ice-pick. A modest gripe is that the bridge pickup looks newer than almost everything else on the guitar. I have lusted after SD antiquity so maybe that will find a home in there instead, some day. So I guess I will have to sell/trade the Vintera 60s Mod because two teles in the same colour is a little much even for me. Thanks for reading.