How about going the parts-caster route? I haven't done it yet, but have been thinking about it for a while. One of the cool things about Teles it how modular they are. Get the neck you want, pickups and electronics, choose a finish for the body etc.
I love to look at the stuff done by MJT.
They do all kinds of finishing of necks and bodies. Their speciality is distressing the finishes. I wouldn't mind a nitro finish with the very light distressing, or their "closet classic" old school finish with out the dings and scratches.
I'd get neck with a 7.25 radius, a nitro body with light or no distressing, brass vintage style but compensated saddles. wire the pickup selector backwards so it's in back. don't know what pickups...andy ideas? That's what I would do if I was in the market for a tele. I think maybe I am now.
here's an example of Super distressed...a bit over the top, but they do it well.