I Was considering a 50's Lacquer Tele but have ruled that out for now. I'm down to deciding between an American Special Tele or an American Standard Tele. I like them both and the difference in price isn't that big of a deal for me. I can afford either one. I've always been a Strat player but want to get myself a good quality American Tele for my 55th birthday. I just can't decide which one to buy!! Ugh! I play mainly blues, classic rock and some country. Help me out guys!