Now I'm a man with some contacts. And so I have the opportunity to either purchase a brand new Fender USA Deluxe Tele for about £700, or a brand new Les Paul Standard Goldtop for £1100 ish. For those of you American folks, that's pretty good. What I want is something classic that will last me. I've always been one for buying used but when the opportunity to buy new for a good price rears it's head I'm always up for it, so I'm trying to decide between these two. However, I can't. I've played them both and they both have qualities I love. The issue is - the tele may be too similar to my US Standard Strat, and I might not be gaining all that much with the purchase. On the other hand, the tele deal is better than the LP one, and the Gibson will cost more and, from what I've heard, may well be of lesser standard than the telecaster. Both good guitars, both have their own qualities. So I ask SS.org for help, which do you think would be a better bet?