26 JimmyR 11 months ago Having played a truckload of Teles from various eras, I reckon the age isn't as important as the parts. This may be a different recipe for other players, but basically if you want a classic Tele sound it should probably be an ash body. I like reasonably light but not featherweight. Too light and the tone gets fluffy. Around 7lbs for the whole guitar is great. But weight alone will not get you there.I like the old ashtray bridge with three saddles best. Some guys like brass saddles for the squishy warm tone - I like cold rolled steel for the extra punch. Rutters make my favourites because they look just like the old steel saddles but they have little grooves cut into them which not only intonate the strings perfectly, they stop the strings from slipping around and getting stuck in the screwholes.You don't really need fancy expensive pickups. Fender's '52 vintage pickups are fantastic. The neck should probably be all maple but I have played some great RW board Teles. But I do prefer the vintage style tunes because they are so well designed and have less mass on the headstock. To me the guitar just seems livelier with vintage style tuners.Neck radius and fret size are a personal thing, but I like flatter boards and bigger wire for the ease of string bending. So the stock '52 necks are more difficult for me to play.Tele players are some of the most strongly opinionated on the specs of their guitars I have ever met! So I agree with the sentiments expressed here - just find one you like. Knowing the details can help but may also hinder. Be aware of the differences but don't let them stop you getting the guitar which speaks to you.