I've owned a Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (BSB) for 7 years and love it but I think it's time for a professional upgrade. I can't help to wonder if it's holding me back. When I record it's pretty noisey and I always have to keep it in the middle position. I don't want to go tearing the thing apart because I want to keep it as a back up guitar. My last Tele I bought in 2014 was a FSR Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe in Red Flake which I still have too. Since then I picked up a Jackson Minion, PRS SE and Fender Jaguar. I'm definently a Telecaster guy so I know for sure I want another. My go to is the Squier I love the neck, body and tone but not the noisey pickups. I have been looking at the Fender catalog and am not really fimilar withe the recent Fenders. I went to Guitar Center a lot back in 2012 but not so much in the past few years. I have tried the older Fender American Special and USA American Standard (2012 model) and I think any of them would do. So I looked at the Fender catalog and they have a Performer Telecaster that has jumbo frets. This seems to be a lot like the American Special or am I wrong here? How do the pickups compare to the Texas Special? At the moment I'm really thinking that this might be the guitar to upgrade with. I also have a Fender Super Champ X2 that I only use on the clean channel. I'm thinking of getting a Princeton Reverb. Ok that's all folks. Thanks for reading.