OP: are you going to have an opportunity to play either before you buy? Can't discount comfort. My 2 favorite types of guitars are teles and LPs, so it's hard to pick one over the other; really, picking either would be good for "diversifying" your collection. As stated previously in the thread, teles are their own animal, so I wouldn't consider there to be any redundancy to have a tele and a strat, especially if the strat has a JB in it. The Gibson may be a fine choice, too, but you want to make sure that the QC on it is good before you commit.