Purchased from: Fair Deal Music Bham
Sound — 10
Do not be fooled by those daft notions that a Telecsater is a country music instrument. The quality and breadth of sound on offer is truely surprising when you vary pickups, voloume, tone and of course amp settings. You can cover anything from rockabily to funk, metal to jazz. Superb. I play through a Marshal valvestate (so pretty cheap really) and it is fairly simple to have a nice fat humbucker-esq. sound and then move to a nice bright Springsteen crunch.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly rock styles but have been known to dable in Jazz. This beast can manage them all and there is always a place for a tele in any band. The only down side is that they seem to be more and more popular these days. A must guitar for any collection and if you only have room for one make it this one. If your wallet wont stretch then check out the mexican models that do a pretty good imitation at about half the price (299 if you shop around), I think the actual name for them is Fender Standard Telecaster.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Excellent for reliability but then this is a US Fender and really with the Telecaster name on board sets what might be the industry standard. No gig backup would be needed especially if you were to use the unbreakable Dean Markley strings (these are really that good).
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Factory setup was just right, the action was not too low or high but instead sat in that comfortable and adaptable range that can be a right pain to achieve when you try to do it yourself. There is zero buzz from harware or frets adn the build quality is breathtaking, if you didn't know the price you could be fooled into thinking it should be more. It is one of those instruments of perfect weight (like many teles in my oppinion) that ooz that must own high quality appeal.
Features — 10
Mine is a 2006 model in Vintage White, body is made of alder and the neck and finger board are maple. Nice and simple three way selector, 2 pickups arrangment with 1 tone and 1 vol. You just do not need any more than this except perhaps a bigsby trem if you are that way inclinded. Excellent updated Fender brand machine heads that seem to never lose tune even at ridiculasly low tone tunings (think open B and lower).