Please realize that I'm a Stratocaster admirer, not a serious player. I can play Jingle Bells with the best of them, but that's about it. I just love the design, feel, and sound of my American Special and Player Strat. But when I look at some of the great ROCK guitarists I see a lot of Telecasters. So much so I'm thinking about laying down some cash to see WHY? Please convince me a Tele is just a precursor to the Stratocaster and can never come close to one.