#2
I know Jay Turser makes HS tele's but I never really see many HH tele's anywhere, you might be able to find a Fender MIM one for that price range at guitar center or craigslist.
#3
Fender blacktop Tele???
Belief is a beautiful armour but makes for the heaviest sword.
#5
look at Guitarfetish.com they have xavierre thinline models for realy cheap, they get great reviews for what they are.
#7
Chisel and hammer? Don't laugh, I have 2 strat copies that I enlarged the cavity to accept a hum at the bridge. One I paid 120.00 new because the body and neck were very well done. About 200.00 later it became my favorite axe.
#8
Grabbing one of the Squier Thinlines and changing the pickups for single-size humbuckers is going to be your best bet for overall quality within that prie bracket.