I heard this phrase a lot: Telecaster is the most (one of the most) versatile guitar. I recently discovered esquire wiring, that got me into learning about different tele wirings. It is very interesting that there are various options out there. But just considering the standard three-way switch and master volume/tone control, would strat be equally or more "versatile"? Strat has 3 different pickups and 5 voices while tele has three. It also has two separate tone controls. Les paul has 2 volume/2 tone controls. I think the versatility partly comes from the very different tones from tele bridge and tele neck pickup. But again, many tele players say "who needs a tele neck pickup anyway"... So it appears even with just the tele bridge pickup, it can have a range of tones and play a variety of genres. I am here to learn and appreciate your thoughts.