I have just a few years ago undestood the fun in playing a Telecaster. I come from a Les Paul background and no matter how much I love the my Tele these days – I still wonder about the finish on the fretboard. Les Paul's don't have finished fretboards. I like the way my fingers connect to the wood on a LP board rather then the thick layer of sticky polyester on a Telecaster. Is it a rosewood/maple thing? My Stratocaster doesn't have a finished fretboard. But then it is rosewood too. What happens with a maple fretboard without finish? I get's discolored I guess, but is that all? I'd take discoloration over sticky polyester any day.