Price paid: $ 129
Purchased from: Rondo Music
Features — 9
MFG 2014 Made in China 24 fret Jumbo Frets, Bolt on Maple neck with clear high gloss finish and skunk stripe, 3 piece alder body, gorgeous Candy Apple Red metallic flake, plastic nut, chrome hardware, 3ply (blk/wht/blk) pick guard, SX brand tuners (very similar to Grover Mini Rotomatics) Tele style bridge 2 Single coil pickups, 3 way switch 1 tone/1 volume knob. Gig bag and beginner CD. Hex wrenches for bridge and truss rod. 9/10 simply because nothing is ever perfect but this come mighty close.
Sound — 9
This has the traditional Telecaster sound. I really like the single coil sound. This is a simple single coil rig with jumbo frets. The sound is exactly what I wanted for that "Bakersfield" twang. I have been told that the bright twang of Yoakam, Owens and Haggard are cause they turn up tone on the tele's, this rig lets you do just that with ease and good quality sound. Since I seem to play mostly country it will be interesting when I attempt a Zappa tune or a try at SRV, but I think this guitar will be up for the task. If I like this I will order one with a trem. I play thru a Vox Mini 3 modeling amp.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Finish is spectacular. Deep rich candy apple red with metal flake. No issues whatsoever with fit or finish. Fat neck profile is easy to play and fits my large hands well. All hardware seems to be well made and appears to be durable. I have only just unboxed this rig so time will tell. I live in the high desert so it is unlikely to rust or spall. Action is just right with playability at the first three frets being a non-issue as some reviews have mentioned. I may change out string guides for roller style but not at first. Electrics are quiet and seem solid. Fret ends are smooth as a baby's butt! The gloss finish on the neck needs to be lightly sanded or scotch brighted for improved playability. Website pictures do not adequately show true finish.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It appears to be a well built instrument but time will tell. This is an initial unboxing review with only a couple actual hours of play time. Since I have to fill in space to submit... strap buttons are good, hardware appears well plated and made, assembly is good with attention to details such as screws all set level and flush etc. The strings appear to be made by D'Addario (SP) but not certain. I usually change strings right off with a new axe but I'm leaving these on for a little while to see if I can hear a difference when I switch to Ernie Ball Slinkies.
Overall Impression — 10
For the price paid I have to give this guitar a high recommendation. Five stars. I have a $400 Squire Vintage Modified Reissue that does not come close to the build quality of this SX Furrian. My Gibby 2013 SG needs schoolin' about finish if this is a "cheapo" finish.
This guitar may become my go-to axe. I read many reviews on Rondo Music and this tele clone before buying. I rarely read a bad review. I was very skeptical of the "$100" guitar but now I understand why people like these guitars. Initially I can't say enough about how happy I am with this telecaster clone. Spectacular!