Admin Post Ok, Tele, I give in, you are better than a Strat..... In 1977 I sat at one of my local shops trying to decide between a brand new Tele and a brand new Strat. They were both the same color, natural, with the 2 inch thick poly finish and maple fret boad. I didn't care, I had finally saved enough money to buy my first "good" guitar. Was always a Fender guy, never liked Gibby's, why, I don't know, but never did. Anyway, I went back and forth for at least an hour playing each over and over. Price was exactly the same, so that was not a problem. Finally decided the Strat was "the one". Just seemed cooler that the Tele. Bought it for the princely sum of $425, including the hardshell case and tax. Played that guitar through at least 3 refrets. Has, at least, a four or five piece body, but is remarkably light for a 70's Strat. Then, as the years passed, I became more and more interested in Teles, so much so I began to regret my choice of the Strat. Fast forward 40+ years and now my modest collection is mostly Teles. Every time I plug a Strat in, I think, wow, that's a great sounding guitar. Then, I plug in a Tele and think, THIS is the sound I want and like. I do still have a few Strats (including that original '77), but a Tele's sound cannot be beat, IMHO. Thanks for letting me rant and rave for a bit and....Happy Thanksgiving!