I own 2 teles and they sound vastly different to my ears. I've been trying to figure out why they sound different. This has become a bit of a science experiment. I'm just surprised at the result - that basswood and ash sound very different in a tele. I had always thought I'd be in the "tonewood doesn't make a big diff on an electric" camp. One's a MIJ TC72 (72 custom) and the other a MIJ TL-52 (52 tele). Yes, there are some obvious differences, like the humbucker, but I'm talking the bridge only circuit. Here are the similarities: - Maple fretboard - MIJ - steel bridge - identical pot and capcitor (I re-wired both guitars) and wiring - Same pickup, sort of - Intonation tweaked on both - Neck pickup lowered all the way (for the purpose of this experiment) - New strings, same kind - Same vintage frets - Same action Here are the differences: - slightly bigger neck on the 72 - I shielded the 52 using copper foil - TC72 is ash, TL52 is basswood I think I had always thought tone-woods made a small difference, but these two guitars are hugely different. The 52 sounds midrangey and twangy and it kinda hairy. It sounds great from frets 0-7, but that hairyness starts to sound nasty above the 12th fret especially. I think if it were an amp it'd be a Fender Tweed. The 72 sounds hi-fi, crystal clear, scooped - at least in relation to the 52. This bothers me... HOW can these sound so different?