Went and played a new player telecaster today just to see how it felt. The original plan was to get an mim and put vintage style pickups in it. The pickups on the mim we're so good I think I'll just keep em. I also tried an American tele while I was there and to my ear it was a little tame and refined compared to the raw tele sound of the player tele. I know tone is subjective but to me the player telecaster sounded more like a traditional tele. The American did have a nicer neck but the player was close enough. Am I missing something?