Indeed! I owned a Fernandes Tele copy for the first several years that I was a member here, and it was my only "Tele". No one looked down on me for that (maybe for other reasons, but not that ), and there was a gentleman who went by the name of "will" (always a lower case "w") that collected Fernandes Teles, and had over a dozen of 'em I think. I'd like to know what ever happened to that guy. A real nice guy. No, you don't even have to OWN a Tele to participate. You don't even have to LIKE 'em. You just have to be interested in them. Build it yourself projects are great too! Only one thing better than that is to buy someone else's "Build It Yourself" Tele. They're always cheap, and saves you a lot of trouble. Just grab and go! My main #1 Tele now is a Parts-O-Caster that I found at Elderly's in Lansing for .... $399 I think it was. Welcome aboard! Enjoy!