For me, not so much that they sound alike. But they really feel similar. By feel I mean the way they make music. Both very "direct" if that makes any sense, totally different from what you get with a Strat. I have a Strat, like it, don't play it that much. My three go to's are a Tele, a Les Paul and a 335. I have others but I could be very happy with these three.