I recently bought one of these and I am very impressed. I've been playing for 40 years and never really gave Tele's a second thought, can't really say why...Anyways, this rascal has jumbo frets, and a flatter radius(9 1/2) fretboard than my two vintage Strats, and that makes ALL the difference. The tight radius of vintage Fenders (7 1/4) and smallish frets felt light junk after I started playing guitars with flatter fretboards and bigger frets. The pickups sound very strong, nice balance of clean when you want it and dirty when the time comes. I was tempted to get the Strat, but like I said, I already have two. Now that I've been playing this Tele for awhile, I can see the appeal, and wish I would have gotten one years ago. Anyways, if you're considering another guitar, and have wondered about these Highway 1 series by Fender, I'd say they are the way to go. They are easily the best value Fender offers. It took me a little while to like the flat, or satin finish, but I got the black with a maple neck, and she kinda reminds me of a 32 hotrod, you know when they would leave them in black primer and not paint them?...the only thing missing are the Moon hubcaps, flame job and lake pipes. My only complaint is the string height at the first fret, too high. Maybe they do it on purpose to allow for personal taste. I wish the string slots in the nut were a little lower. Great value, great playing, great tone, 5 stars.