Price paid: $ 153
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
My musical styles are all over the map. I usually play through a Behringer acoustic amp and a Fender Frontman. It's noisy, but they are single coil pickups. Not a really loud or powerful guitar, as the pickups don't hae a lot of punch. The sound is full and definitely Tele. Volume does not compare to my other electrics (Les Paul, Ibanez Artcore, Strat, Ovation UK II).
Overall Impression — 7
This is a great value for the money. It plays well, stays in tune, and once adjusted has been very stable. The neck is very comfortable and it holds tune well even under furious string bends. This would be a great beginner's guitar, as well as a good one if you want the Tele sound but don't want to spend a lot. I have considered replacing the pickups, but as of yet have not.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I use this guitar mostly for our little church praise band. Not very rigorous playing. I probably would not use it for hard gigging. I use it because it plays well, is cheap, and easy to haul around and I don't have to really worry about it. The Les Paul and the Strat stay at home.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I got a bit off the guitar because it had a couple of dings in it. Otherwise, very nice finish, nice look. Pickups were way low and I raised the bridge pickup. I had to do some tweaking to get the action where I wanted. The neck needed adjustment and as I said, a heavier gauge string was put on, and that helped a lot. The three position switch is pretty cheap, and has to be handled carefully.
Features — 7
I am guessing this was made around 2010. This is the butterscotch model. Basic Fender Tele configuration. It came with really light strings (.008 I believe)which I changed to a light top heavy bottom. All of the volume and tone and selectors are basic Tele style. Nothing fancy. The guitar included no accessories and I got about 15 bucks off because it was missing the selector knob (I got one at another store for about 2.00).