This discussion is a bit reaffirming as I've been playing LPs and Strats and just not finding anything I really like enough to throw money at the store. I'm still liking the Tele sound and feel and like the G&Ls. Where I can really tell the difference between the low end model and the higher end version is with the Gretsch guitars. The 5xxx series just don't have the sound of the 6xxx boxes. Part of this could be that the first electric guitar I owned was a '63 Tennessean (6119) that I really loved. I know what that sound should be and the 5119 just does not cut it. The current version that has that vintage sound and feel is the 6119-1962HT. Great sound.
I think if I had the extra to spend, it would be on this 6120-1959LTV