Purchased from: Musicland
Features — 9
- 2013 Telecaster Modern Player Plus
- Made in China
- 22 medium jumbo frets
- 9.5 radus c shape neck
- Solid pine body
- SSH pickup config
The guitar has a hardtail strat bridge with 6 individual fender stamped saddles. It also has nice vintage style tuners and a vintage tint on the neck. It has three pickups, a tele pickup in the neck pos, strat pickup in the middle and a humbucker in the bridge position that can be split to a single coil. It has a 5 way selector 1. Neck 2. Neck/middle (hum cancel) 3. Middle 4. Middle/humbucker 5. Humbucker. The humbucker can also be split to a single coil in both position 4 and 5.
Sound — 8
I am using this guitar with a fender mustang 2 amp for fussing about at home, I like overdriven blues, rock, a bit of heavy rock, clean funk and some metal... All of which it can do. The guitar sounds great, the three pickup configuration is super. Neck pickup is very tele and I am happy with it, I am also happy with the middle pickup and the humbucker in full mode. It has the usual single coil hum in single coil positions. Its when the humbucker is split that the guitar has its main flaw, that said when in the middle/spkit humbucker position the strat'ish sound is not bad! Its just a bit too thin. That said, if it did not have this split option I would not have a problem with the guitar... So its a bit silly to rubbish it from that alone, on the plus side it opens up some options to wire the guitar up differently using the split switch. In all, the guitar sounds good in all positions but its nothing revolutionary, just competent, very competent.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came set up perfect from the shop, seriously I did not touch a thing! The guy at the store might have had a play with it as he took it home the night it came in, but I don't think he did. Even the strings were fine, I was looking for an excuse to change em and play around but the thing was good from go. Only cosmetic problem was that some of the screws around the pickguard were a little crooked but I realy had to look for that and I have seen worse on higher speck guitars. The finish of the stain over the solid pine body looked nothing like the pics I have seen, which is good as it looks awful in pictures. I would say that it is black to glance at, its when you look at it in the light that you can see the grain of the timber, quite nice... Almost looks a bit "flashy" which is not what I am all about, but its nice.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I think the build quality of this guitar is up there with any other fender I was playing at the time I was looking for a guitar. The guitar just has that solid feel, like you are holding something that is designed and put together well. As far as the finish goes it is prone to finger prints and because the finish is a bit flashy all of the pick marks and little scratches are showing up... I would say the honeyburst is the better option, I don't think it would wear off but deff looks grubby easy, but seriously the fit of the guitar is so good I'm a give it a 10 anyway.
Overall Impression — 9
As well as this I have a squire vintage modified Tele Custom II (total machine!) and a partscaster with pups/electrics from an 84-85 Jap e series strat. Been playing 4 years in all. My fave feature on the MPP is the versatility of it, its like strange franken-tele-strat... I feel this guitar meets my humbucker needs and I don't need to get anything else, prob just a nice amp! The thing I hate about the guitar is that people think its going to be sub standard quality because its made in China, Fender did a good job with this guitar, its kind of odd, but that's kind of cool. If it were stolen I would get another one, but I would get it in honeyburst.