what do you first/most notice? My FWIW: I notice the spaciousness--the room for the pick and playing hands both. Which is partly facilitated by the simplicity of the design overall. A plank with acreage. Also: the inviting ease of the beefy, unbound neck (I have a '52 Hot Rod RI), and the gorgeous bite of the bridge pickup. Even the sweet notes have some grit at their edges. All of which makes me attack it. It's not until hours into a playing session that I start turning toward the Tele's sweeter potential.