Purchased from: House of Guitars
Sound — 7
When I play music, it's usually classic rock or punk for the most part (the old stuff from it's early history and the more modern varieties), and this guitar fits both fairly decently, though it does tend to lean more to the punk end. I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp with a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal. With the combination and this guitar you'll end up with an extremely loud distorted tone. This guitar is VERY loud due to that Seymour Duncan pickup. I actually have to turn the distortion on my pedal down quiet a bit to make it not a complete distorted mess. For punk this is good, but the classic rock tone isn't as easy to get, though a bit of tinkering produced some decent results. Mind you, they were not as good as my Epiphone Dot or 57` Les Paul Junior Reissue creates. Just be aware, this is definatly a punk guitar through and through. Also, it's really only a Telecaster in looks only, there's not much, if any, of that twangy sound you'd expect.
Overall Impression — 7
I've been playing for about almost 2 years and this was my third guitar, my others being an Epiphone Dot and Les Paul Jr '57 Reissue. The only real problems I can see with this guitar is the fact that it can only do one thing: play punk. I'm sure I'll outgrow it eventually, but until then it will fit my punk needs perfectly. For $250 I feel this was a good bargin, though it's probably worth a little less then that. If it were stolen or lost, I'd probably save up for something like a real '72 Telecaster Deluxe Reissue (which is around $700, but offers a greater variety of tones) or maybe even just a Fender Standard Telecaster. For a beginner or someone who just plays punk, I would definatly recommend this guitar. I was very surprised at the quality of this and you may feel the same way.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I feel this guitar would definatly withstand a Live gig. I'd probably add some strap locks to it for the added safety, but there's nothing wrong with it. A lot of people seem to not like Squier guitars, but from what I've seen this guitar is of a pretty good quality. I'd definatly use a backup because you never know what could happen onstage.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I recieved this guitar out of the box from the storage room in House Of Guitars. iI had a good look at it before deciding on it and noticed one problem. Many frets past the 12th fret had a good deal of rust on them. The worked said he'd have someone take a look and fix it. A little while later the frets were good as new. This was the only real problem, so be forewarned that you may have a similar issue, though it could have been bad luck for me. Anyway, the finish itself was fine and the factory setup seemed to my liking, though I will probly tinker with it as time goes on. The pickups seemed fine and the bridge was also without any problems I could see. The only problem people may have is with the distinctive red X's on the pick guard and near the bridge. They aren't removable, but it's part of buying this signiture guitar so you probably won't care too much if you're looking at this particular model.
Features — 8
Here are the basics: This is a Deryck Whibley Telecaster, made in 2007 in Indonesia. It has 21 frets on a maple neck, with an agathis body. The body is black with a polyester finish and has one Ducan HB-120 chrome pickup at the bridge. Just one volume and one tone knob. Pretty basic really, but I was pleasently surprised at the quality thus far. It's based of the model Deryck uses Live, and '72 Telecaster Deluxe (I think) with 2 red X's on the body and one pickup removed.