by the way, for you guitar heroes out there.. what's the main sonic difference between a strat and a telecaster?
Both are quite 'twangy' compared to a Gibson, due to the bolt-on necks and non-humbucking pickups. Strat is a bit smoother and slicker sounding, while Tele is more angular and 'spiky'. Strats have a tremelo, but most Teles have a fixed bridge. Just think of these guitar heroes' sounds:
Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Dick Dale, Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante.
Keith Richards, Andy Summers, Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, + umpteen indie bands...
It seems many on this forum are fans of the Jazzmaster. Something to do with the length of the strings after the bridge that makes for better resonance apparently, but I reckon it's popular because of all those knobs and switches! Personally, I prefer playing Gibsons - humbuckers, shorter scale, set neck and heavier strings gives a smooth, sustaining warm tone. However, you can get Telecasters with humbuckers (Tele custom/deluxe/thinline) with charactersistics of both, and more flexibility. Epiphone SG-400 is my main axe. It's a solid guitar for a reasonable price, one of the cheapest set-neck guitars available. Just try some out, pick up something cheap and unusual would be my advice. Good hunting!