In my opinion, Fenders are made to be modded. This is especially true with a MIM guitar. I bought a Fender Player's Tele, they are around six hundred bucks, changed the pots from 250 ohm to 500 ohm, replaced the pickups with noiseless, put on some neat brass control knobs, and replaced the bridge with a brass-saddled string-through to handle a Bigsby, which I also installed. I then put on some flat-wound strings, and an armrest to match the pickguard. This guitar is amazing. The mods were just a few hundred bucks, but I've got that Tele twang, no hum, and a neat tremolo. Basically, I'm a Gibson guy, but I have to admit that nothing beats a Fender for mods.