I have this Fender American Original 60s telecaster at my house and I'm surprised by what I hear. I auditioned the guitar at the store with the same amp I have at home and it sounded very good to me. At home, I replaced the factory 10 gauge with my usual 11 gauge (made the required adjustments) and the guitar lost its charm. Back on with a set of 10s and the charm came back! I play fingerstyle, neck pickup with the tone knob dialed down considerably. As I said, I'm surprised by this but I guess it's a lesson in being open to new ideas and letting our ears be the judge of what works for a particular guitar.