Well, I'm late as well.... Have to chime in though
Ya see, it's just not as simple as saying - I have one Strat, so I'll get a Tele.
Cos I have two Strats, and they don't sound anything alike.
Although, there IS such a thing as a definitive Strat 'sound'.
In my mind, Strats are the Female Fender guitar.... Not that they are FOR girls, they just have
what amounts to a feminine sound as compared to the Tele, which has a more Masculine sound.
Strats are transparent sounding and wavering, while Teles are solid!
They both 'twang'.
And if You've ever heard Jimi Hendrix live, then you know that Strats can be used for Hard Rock sounds,
tho I think Teles are far better sounding thru a Marshall than a Strat.
I prefer Strats nice and clean - American Tweed amps.
I agree with the Status Quo (for you Vic
) here, Teles are VERY versatile.
Country/Jazz/Oldies/Hard Rock/Blues/Slide - And they LOOK way cooler than a Strat (IMO).
I'd say that every aspiring electric guitarist should start with a Tele and go from there.
So If you don't have one - My short answer is: TELE
The Lite Ash that Greg mentioned is a nice guitar.... Those SD pups are AlNiCo II's!
Always been a fan of AlNiCo II pups.
I dunno.... I'd better not get into it
Anyway - Here's my Ideal Perfect Tele:
White Blonde (Nitro Lac)
Stock Pup config
Three Brass Barrel Saddles
Single ply White pickguard
Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard (21 vintage frets)
CLAY DOT markers
Vintage tint on maple neck (Nitro Lac)
To me, THAT is a Tele.... if they made them any other way than that....
Well - That'd be like calling Jack Daniel's, Real Kentucky Bourbon