Price paid: C$ 300
Purchased from: Long & Mcquade (Vancouver)
Sound — 10
I play a lot of Rock 'n' Roll, pop, Alt-Rock, and the occasional jazz/ blues. I thought that a Tele would be great, but didn't expect it to be that great. I am running it without anything but a Fender Mustang I amp. Of course, the amp has a modeling function so I can get that precise sound. There isn't any "fret-buzz" or anything like that. All of the knobs and controls are perfectly fine (unlike what others have said.) Great sounding guitar for it's price.
Overall Impression — 9
If I don't get bored with this guitar, I'd probably never buy another electric guitar again - amps on the other hand, most likely. I'd definitely buy another one, but if I had enough money, I'd buy a Gibson ES-335/355. I do wish that the Tele came with a B-5 Bigsby, but there is a cheaper Tele with a bigsby... I still want this with a bigsby.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Everything is fine with the guitar. If I were to gig, it'd probably be with both my Acoustic and electric since I love playing with both. But if I were to go all out electric, I'd probably bring a back-up, but not because it won't last. I'm just a paranoid person who never leaves home without a plan-B. Surprisingly enough, the gloss doesn't actually come off. Not that I've noticed anyway.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Factory set up was GREAT. Perfect. Although I wanted thicker strings (Slinky's, 10 - 46.) There weren't any flaws, pick ups are fine. Everything was great. The Shine can get a bit annoying at times, since when I bend strings, sometimes it feels like I'm actually scratching the gloss off of the frets.
Features — 10
This was made in China in 2009? Not quite sure, but hey - that's not the important part, right? The guitar plays really well, I'm playing with stock pickups and factory setup and I am still loving it. Although I've only had it for 2 months, I can surely say that this will be my gigging guitar. This is my first electric guitar switching from the Fender CE-60 Acoustic guitar (black.) I am a huge Fender fan but because I was a huge Squier snob, I never even bothered to look at the Squiers. I actually remember seeing this online and thinking "what a nice colour." Oddly enough, I went to the store to see if it was available - of course, it wasn't. After a year or so of "stalking" I finally picked it up. Oh, actually don't bother with the features - but I know that it's an Ash body with strings through the body. Cream white, Vintage blonde, Alinco 3 pick ups? Glossy finish. I'm not the biggest fan of the tuners, maybe it's because I'm switching from an Acoustic to an electric.