Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I play classic rock and blues, this is a great guitar for both of those. The Bridge pickup is extremely bright with a lot of twang, the neck pickup has a nice warm tone, very smooth. Combine the two and you create a full, rounded tone. It is fun to play around with these two pickups, you can create a lot of tones. As compared to the Standard Stratocaster, the Tele is not as good. In my opinion, the tone on the Stratocaster is much better and much more versitile. Although the sound is great, it could be better.
Overall Impression — 9
If you are into bluegrass, country, hard rock, funk, or classic rock, this is the guitar for you. It has fantastic tone and it can fit your playing style (except for metal players. If your a metal player, get an Ibanez). Although the Tele is a dream, the Stratocaster is much better. The Standard Strat and Tele both cost the same, so get a Stratocaster.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This is one of the most sturdy guitars on the market. It can withstand almost anything. Every thing on it is as tight as can be. The only thing that is flimsy on the guitar is the cover for the output jack, it tends to come off, but it is a simple repair so it does not bug me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The set-up was perfect. The action was unreal and very easy to play on. There is NOTHING wrong with the action, or finish. This guitar is too much fun to play. The pickups are right where they belong, the frets are great, and the Bridge is nice. The only things that is slightly bugging me, is that the neck could be fatter, but that is just me.
Features — 9
I have a Mexican Standard Tele, it has 21 frets, and it is made out of alder, a nice, bright wood (although I would recommend the ash model). The Bridge is the new Tele style bridge. The controls include a sigle volume knob and a tone knob for the two pickups. The tuners are good, but not great. The only complaint I would have about this is that I would like to have more knobs to create a more complex combination of tones. Other than that, the two knobs are a simple solution.