Price paid: $ 237.882
Purchased from: Rimmer's Music
Sound — 9
It suits my style very well with the two single pickups. I play alternative rock, classic rock, some bluesy stuff, nothing to hard. Although it might benefit from a humbucker pickup (for my style)it is very versatile for a guitar of it's price. I mplay it through a Roland Cube 30X and it sounds great! Makes a range of sounds on this. A very versatile sound for its price tag, but obviously only beginner standard.
Overall Impression — 10
I play anything from jazz to hard rock, including punk, alternative, garage rock and it suits me fine. Very versatile. I've been playin for about 3 months now and I have a Cube 30X (as said earlier). I would definatley buy another if it were stolen/lost, when I could raise the cash. I love the neck, nice and thin and easy to play. I compared it to the Epiphone Les Paul Special II but I chose the Tele because it has a nicer sound. If there was one thing I had on it, it would be a set of wolume and tone knobs for each pickup.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Seeing as it's only a beginner guitar, it would do for live playing but maybe something with a sweeter tone for live playing but as far as durability goes it is very robust. Strap buttons seem solid (touch wood). I would probably use it in a gig without a backup but I would always have a backup anyway because you can never be too sure. Finish seems solid.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Really nicely set up, the Fender 250 strings that come as standard are a bit thick but you can change those really easily. From what I can see all is well. Oh, the nut is plastic but looks fairly durable, and sometimes when you're sliding up and down the neck if you squeeze a little too hard then you're hand can get shredded by the fret wire sticking out a bit, but not too much.
Features — 9
Made in China. 21 medium jumbo frets. Maple neck. Alder/agathis body. Bolt-on neck. Satin finish. Standard Telecaster body with standard 6 string Toploader bridge. 1 volume knob, one tone knob, 3-way pickup selector. Two single coil pickups, and non-locking tuners.