I had been eyeing another Telecaster, a cherry burst, with a carved body. It was a nice Tele. Plus... I was contemplating (going to buy) an Explorer, that just took too long to ship. However, today I texted my friend to see if the Tele was still available? He said they had a better one, and texted me a rather bland pic, of an ash Tele. I asked how much, and he said, same price. I was still intrigued. He knows what I like, and don't like. He doesn't send pics, to waste my time. I stopped by after church, and the heritage cherry I was looking for, had actually sold. My friend, tells me to forget it, I'm going to like this new one much more. Still not that enamored with its looks, I take it, and decide to really test it out. Plug into a 5150 III and Marshall 4×12. Oh my goodness. This is an amazing guitar. I usually take a while to adjust, especially to Fenders. This was made for your hands. The neck is simply one of the nicest necks, I've ever had the pleasure of playing. And I hate maple fretboards. The exception to the rule. I'm really stunned. The SCN single-coil pickups, are big, ballsy, QUIET screamers, with lots of twang. The S-1 circuitry... WOW! Just, an awesome guitar. Am I a convert? Hell no. My '68 RI smokes it. However, my '68 RI cost significantly more. I paid about the same as I paid for my '61 RI SG. I would say they're comparable quality. Under the hood, I'd give the nod to the Fender. That's custom shop level quality work. The Fender just kind of has "it" over the SG, as well. Plugged into a Marshall Jubilee. Some pics... 2006 Fender American Deluxe Ash Telecaster - Butterscotch Just a really fun guitar to play. And that little hole, in the back of the neck plate, lets you adjust the angle of the neck. This has the sweetest action on any Fender I've ever played. In fact, this is the nicest Fender, I've ever laid hands on. Kudos to the guys in Corona, CA.