This forum has always been pluralistic, diverse and open to other guitar cultures. My natural finish American Standard Telecaster with a rosewood board is a beauty. It sounds and plays great. I had an American Standard Strat but my brother bought it off of me for the price I paid for it new. For Strat tones, I've since stuck to my Parker Nite Fly. Then there are my Rickenbackers (a 325 and a 330) and my SGs (a Special, a Standard and a Deluxe). Play your guitar, add some good stuff to the forum and your assimilation into the TDPRI community will be a joyous one.