The Tele taught me a lesson. I've only been learning to play and buying guitars for less than a year and still have a lotttttttttt to learn. I was naive, uneducated, I saw a cool Squier HH Tele and bought it thinking the HB pickups were an improvement over the single-coils. More modern, more output, less noise, etc. HA! I lacked experience. I really like the Squier and the sound and it plays great! But the tone isn't there, it sounds good but different, not like a real Tele. I'm trying to learn and experience (and create) these sounds and tones from the music I've listened to all my life. I learned my lesson and bought a Tele with the standard SS configuration, a Squier copy of the 69 year old design, and got that classic sound I was looking for. Decided I needed a Strat...same thing. I realized I wanted something like what Jimi and Eric and Stevie blew our minds with. Got a Fender SSS, the variations are cool but let me start with the original, learn to play and manipulate that and there's plenty of time to get into all the mods and endless options. Not criticizing any other guitar or player. Many of you have played for decades and long ago went through the learning process I am just starting. I'm just new to this game and had to learn that lesson. In guitars, more modern is not necessarily an improvement.