I actually like the late 90's- early 2000's American Standard/Series teles. The neck shape is great, the staggered tuners rock and hold tune forever and a day. I do prefer to swap the bridge for a 3 saddle like Callaham/ Glendale, I reverse the control plate, replace the pups with Lollar vintage T's, and put on an electrosocket jack. My main has been with me longer than any other guitar... I always go back to it. I might mess with other guitars but the tele always wins out.