Price paid: € 1699
Purchased from: Rock Palace
Sound — 10
The guitar really suits a lot of styles. Obviously it is really suitable for blues, jazz, funk and so on as the neck pickup is nice and warm, while the bridge pickup sounds like everything you'd expect from a Tele; really twangy, trebly and screamy. It also is excellent for any kind rock as the bridge pickup really sounds biting with distortion/overdrive, while the bridge pickup is warm and full enough to play Slash stuff with. I temporarily play through a Roland Cube 20XL, which of course is NOT doing this guitar justice, but still, it sounds surprisingly good, even through an inferior amp. Even with a lot of distortion this guitar remains almost completely quiet. It sounds really bright, but the rosewood adds a nice richness and fullness to the sound. As mentioned before, this guitar can really make a note sing and scream as well as sounding really warm and full.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar suits almost every style I play, except metal maybe, as the bridge is kind of uncomfortable to do palm-muting with (although it handles high amounts of distortion/gain really well), but other than that, it's a really good and versatile guitar. I have been playing for like 3, 4 years now, and this Tele blows my other guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, out of the water. Of course, this is no comparison, but I almost never touch my Les Paul anymore. If this guitar was stolen or lost, I'd be screwed since I have no money to buy another one :) But if I would, I would definitely buy it again, that's a no-brainer. I did compare this guitar to the other Tele's in the store, but this one just was the best sounding (and looking) one. Hell, I think this is one of the best Tele's out there.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Of course, Tele's are well-known for their toughness and this baby is no exception. It is a workhorse like no other and I'm sure it'll will withstand years if not decades of playing. The strap buttons are nice and solid, although strap-locks aren't a bad idea as you never can be too careful. You could gig with this guitar without a backup guitar; it never goes out of tune and it's an incredibly solid guitar. The finish seems nice and thick, and hasn't worn off until now whatsoever. Sure, it might collect some scratches over time but that's unavoidable; the finish itself will surely last a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set-up perfectly right out of the box. The action is quite low, which makes playing really comfortable and smooth, even though there is not the slightest fret-buzz. The intonation is perfect and it NEVER goes out of tune, no matter how rough the playing gets. Normally I always immediately change the strings whenever I buy a new guitar, but this time I didn't, because they actually are very nice. Put short, this guitar was almost perfectly set-up (the only thing I can make up is perhaps the volume knob being a little stiff- but that's an easy fix and seems like a one case problem).
Features — 10
This guitar was made in 2012 in the USA. It has 22 medium jumbo frets, 9 1/2 inch radius, a rosewood fret board, and a maple neck. The top and the back of the body are made of rosewood, and the inside of the guitar is made of spruce. You got the classic three-way switch and a tone and volume knob. It has a classic Vintage style bridge. The pickups are 62' Vintage pickups for both the neck and the bridge. It has classic Fender F-style tuning keys. The guitar comes with a really nice hard-case, a cool leather strap, a cable, humidifier, some tools, all that stuff.