Price paid: $ 394.992
Purchased from: St. John's Music
Sound — 9
I play metal, blues, classic rock, and a little bit of jazz. This guitar rocks!!! I run into a Line 6 Floor POD and I can easily play any style of music I want. The Duncan Designed pickups produce great tones and kick serious ass. The neck pickup has just the right voicing for screaming leads and mellow clean parts. The bridge is perfect for crunch/high gain settings.
Overall Impression — 9
This is great for an intermediate guitarist and provides great tone. I would consider buying this guitar again but I wouldn't run too buy it the minute this got stolen or lost. I think Squier would've made this a lot better if they installed coil taps but oh well.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Not bad. When I Switch to the bridge pickup from the neck the volume drops considerably until I Switch pickups again. This only occurs one in every 70 times, so it's not too bad. I haven't tried this Live but if it can withstand 35 degree celsius weather, I think it could survive gigs. The bridge volume and tone controls come lose from time to time but that's an easy fix.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action is awesome! Not too low but perfect hight for me. The finish is holding up pretty strong. My Tele came in Crimson transparent satin and looks amazing. Only one chip on the body; right by the tone controls from when I dropped my phone but it still looks great. The neck is extremely comfortable and allows for great chording, effortless bending and even fast shred runs a la Zakk Wylde.
Features — 8
My Tele was made in 2004 in China. The neck is rosewood and has 22 frets. The body and neck are made of alder. The finish is called Crimson transparent and is a satin finish. Single cutaway body with a stop tailpiece bridge. Comes stock with Duncan Designed pickups, 2 volume, 2 tone and a 3 way selector Switch. Unfortunately the tuners are non-locking.