Never been much of a Fender guy. I have several fender basses, but usually end up gigging an old Gibson and a Harley Benton 99% of the time for the last couple of years. I also have three Squier Strats, and while I don't hate them, they just don't seem to be as fun to play as other guitars. Not sure why, but just haven't bonded with them. Last week we were playing in Cheyenne, WY and I needed to run down to Fort Collins to pick up some stuff at Guitar Center. While there I saw a Bullet Tele on sale for $149 brand new. Just for fun I picked it up and it just had that feel to it. Noodled on it a little bit then carried it over to our guitar player Danny. He's a Gibson guy like I am when it comes to guitars (he actually worked at Gibson for almost 15 years fitting necks to bodies mainly on Explorers and Vs), but after noodling on it for a bit we took it over to the amps and plugged it in. I expected thin, wimpy, brittle sound out of it, but wow! It has bark, spank, and a beautiful mellow sound from the neck pickup with the tone rolled off a bit. So I bought it. Danny has played it every night for at least a set since I got it. The frets were OK, but I brought it home last night and spent the morning polishing the frets and burnishing a little bit of roughness out of the rosewood fingerboard followed by an application of Dunlop 65 lemon oil. Kinda irks me that it plays, sounds, and feels better than my MIM Squier Strat. I've never liked Teles. Even a little bit. I associate them with chicken-pickin' and pop-punk from the 80s, both like icepicks to my ears most of the time. But this one? It's just right. At $150 if it gets torn up on the road it'll be fine as long as it still plays, and if it grows legs and disappears it won't be that serious of a dent to the wallet. I'm enjoying the hell out of playing it.