Price paid: A$ 260
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 8
I Love the sound. The pickups are clean and crisp, not as much depth to the tone as my Duncan Seymour's but pleasant to the ear just the same. I play on a Vox Pathfinder amp. Very bright sounding. Strings that are fitted are ok but guitar now has a greater tone and sustain since I put on D'Addario strings. Almost no buzzing; I would say there's no buzzing but if you hit a note on a bit of an angle or not close enough to the fret you get a buzz... Other guitars I've played are more forgiving. The neck pickup has that squawky, "ice pick in the ear" tele twang. Also its semi hollow, which makes it fun to play when not plugged in!
Overall Impression — 9
On the tele I tend to ply blues. I'm now learning chicken picking. If this guitar was stolen I would buy another, perhaps a TE-2. It's strange but I have an immense satisfaction in this guitar, mainly because I bought it at the price I did and received a quality guitar. I'd like to compare it to a squire tele, see which is better.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've played this guitar several times at church now and no problems. The body is made of basswood so it will probably get dented over time. Since its an unfinished maple neck it gets dirty quickly. Its relatively light; easy to transport.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
This guitar was actually setup! Good intonation and ready to play out of the box:)I keep it in a case and it stays in tune. I like the action, not as low as a shredder guitar but not high enough to be annoying. On closer inspection the finish isn't a 10. The paint job around the f hole is a bit messy and the scratch plate is slightly bowing from the electronics pushing on it from underneath. Some of the Phillips head screws on the scratch plate look like they were attacked rather than just screwed in. The screws on the bridge cut up your palm if you do some sweeping; need to be sanded probably. Good quality unfinished maple neck, with a bit of thickness to it.
Features — 8
I lifted this info from Life music's eBay listing: RRP $590 by Custom Guitar Workshop Body: Semi hollow american basswood Neck: bolt on Hard Maple Fingerboard: Maple Inlays: MM Black Pearl Dot Bridge: Vintage Finish: blue/black Machines: Kluson Pickups: GW TC pickups Controls: Single Volume Single Tone, 3 way selector switch. Scale: 25 1/2"