Price paid: $ 354
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
Guitar has some nice variety in tone between the two pickups, with the neck a nice, warm tone and a bit of a more Strat-like sound on the bridge pickup. I'm using it with an Acoustic G10 and a Danelectro Honeytone. The volume pickup only works over about 70% of its range, with the bottom third all being off.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a great guitar, maybe a bit pricey for a 2nd guitar, but I'm really happy with the sound. It's a great improvement over the little half sized guitar I had before. If the guitar were stolen, I'd definitely want to get another of this guitar but I'd probably end up with a $60 Strat just because of the cost. I love the semi hollow sound it has, and especially the light weight. I spent a good hour, maybe hour and a half comparing this to a couple other Teles and and an old Explorer. I really liked the mahogany look, the light weight and the undyed neck, compared to the other Classic Vibe Teles.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The finish will get pretty beat up eventually, judging by that scratch on top, but it's definitely a pretty solid guitar. Figuratively, of course, what with it being a hollow body. I'm not likely to end up in any kind of show, since I'm still a beginner, but I'd be happy enough to have just this guitar if I had to do a little showing off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Guitar Center did all the setup and the only issue was a bit of a loose output socket, but that took all of five minutes to fix at home. Intonation's not 100%, but that could be fixed with just a bit of messing with the bridge. Only real flaw is a bit of a deep scratch about 3/4 of an inch long on one side. Oh, and the cap from the selector switch is missing, but about half the Teles at GC were that way.
Features — 7
Made in 2011 in China. - 21 fret neck, Maple. - Thinline Classic Vibe Strat with a natural finish on a mahogany body. - Ashtray bridge, string through body. - Volume, tone, 3 way switch. - 2 single coils. - Classic style tuners.