I wanted a Keef-style modded Telecaster. But wasn't willing to pay for one. So, I started with a $20 Squier Affinity Strat from the 90's, to learn on. I went big on that...gutted it. The tuners, bridge, everything metal on it was corroded and rusted to unusable condition. I had to bore out the tuner holes. I had to learn to solder. Fender Tex-Mex pickups, and good pots, a heavier trem block from GFS, and I learned by doing. That guitar is a really, really good sounding Strat now. A couple of more tweaks, and she'll play just as well. The frets are a little rough, and the action is high while the bridge is low. "I'll get around to it ~" Then, I built my desired Ash HS Telecaster out of a MIM FSR. My #1, a great guitar. Along the way, picked up a Dan Erlewine book and fixed a chronic issue with my USA Tele. 3 best guitars I ever had.