i've been looking into telecaster copies for a while and had my eyes set on this one http://www.rondomusic.com/furrianhnaleft.html
but then i saw this http://www.rondomusic.com/gravitywfstaleft.html and it is absolutely glorious. does anybody here have any experience with Douglas guitars. Are they good? do they have cheapo pups? (i'll be willing to cough up 100 bucks for a new set up pups if necessary)
The guitars are ~$150 chance of $100 pups = 0%

Also there is probably no point in getting a guitar this cheap and spending money on new pickups - unless you are INCREDIBLY lucky and happen to get the one with decent wood it will probably always sound like it's made cheaply of cheap wood.

If you have any other guitar, stick with it and save up for a serious upgrade
The only 6 words that can make you a better guitarist:

Learn theory
Practice better
Practice more
For the 250 you'll spend on a cheap Tele and new pickups you could buy a nice used Fender.