Purchased from: Used from private seller
Sound — 8
I really needed something with single coils as humbuckers just don't work for all styles of music. This really fits the bill for a lot of stuff where a less heavy sound is needed. I'm using a number of different effects and amps. This guitar sounds excellent when using an acoustic emulator. I've been using it for everything from blues to classic rock to modern punk (Blink 182, Green Day, etc).
Overall Impression — 9
I'm really happy with it. I didn't feel like spending $600 on an American Tele and this more than meets my needs now. Plus, it makes a great project guitar. Who knows, maybe one day I'll strip the finish, route the edges for binding and refinish the whole thing.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I think even in it's stock form that it's a reliable guitar. The changes I've made make it a better guitar and really helped fill a need. Even a PRS is going to fall apart if you don't take care of it properly. As mentioned, the finish looks a little thin (a tinted clear coat) but I kind of like that. Not the typical 1/4 thich urethane finish like a lot of guitars.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action was really nice. As I mentioned, the guitar plays really well. The finish, ultimately, isn't going to hold up in the long run, but that also depends on where you play, how often you play, etc. This guitar will probably turn into a decent looking relic on it's own.
Features — 7
Standard tele for the most part. Top loading bridge. Finish is pretty thin. Most likely a urethane. Mine is already showing some cracking along some of the wood grain. Might bother some folks. I figure it will make an interesting looking relic some day. The electronics are ok but not great. Stock pickups sound fine but a little thin. I replaced the stock pickups with GFS Fatbody pups. Much fuller sound without being too hot or taking away from the standard tele twang sound. The three way has a very loose feel too it. The pots are ok but again, not great. I've got a complete 4-way switching system that I'll be installing so all of that stuff will be coming out. Cheap plastic nut. That will eventually need to be replaced. Also, I changed out the bridge saddles with some better ones (with shorter set screws). I also added a 3-ply B/W/B pickguard and Schaller strap locks, so, ultimately, I have the original body, neck, tuners and bridge base plate. Don't get me wrong, it's still a plenty nice guitar and plays really well. I just did that stuff to make it a better guitar.