It seems to me that Teles are going through a phase right now. They're hip and trendy, and cool to play for a multitude of coinciding reasons. They were certainly not this popular ten years ago. Agree though that the Strat is more aesthetically pleasing to my eye. There's a reason it is the #1 copied body shape of all time. Still, want to build an HHTele, in large part because it's so simple.