Purchased from: www.wesleyguitars.co.uk
Sound — 9
The sound can best be described as harsh, subtlety does not come easy to this guitar, having said that, I love the sounds it gives. The pickups are hot, but being single coil, can be a touch noisy when used with any amount of distortion when used to record to my pc/sequencer. Used with a cheap and cheerful DigiTech RP50 and Roland Microcube, this is near rock 'n' roll heaven soundwise. Maybe the weakest part is the tone pot, it's a bit all or nothing in use.
Overall Impression — 10
For the price, I paid 68 new (full list price 129) this guitar is absolutely stunning. It was bought via Wesleys ebay auctions, hence the low price. It plays like a dream with a sound full of character. One thing to bear in mind, altho' it's based on a tele, it actually has more in common playability wise, with a les paul type guitar. I'd buy another in a heartbeat if the need ever arose. Highly recommended.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've not had it long enough to form a definite opinion on durability, but everything seems to be well made/fitted. At the very least, I'd definitely recommend this as a backup guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It was well set up on delivery, with a great action out of the box. A bit of careful work on my part has lowered the action, and it is now superb. Both pickups were correctly adjusted, insofar as soap bar P90's can be, as you are limited, in particular the bridge pickup, in just how far they can be raised/lowered. There was one, what could have been serious, fault, the bridge pickup was faulty on arrival. On opening the back panel, expecting to find a loose wire, instead I found a wire had been cut and crudely taped together. No biggie to correct, but shouldn't have happened in the first place. Overall, the finish is near flawless, with only one minor laquer blemish, but at the price I paid it barely warrants a mention. If I was being ultra critical, I'd have to say the nut was set too high for me, but it was easily put right, and I find this to be a issue with a lot of new guitars.
Features — 10
Not sure of date/place of manufacture, but I'd guess at 2005/China. It has a fat 22 fret set neck, rosewood fretboard with dot markers. The body is based on a Tele, at least in shape, but has a hollow alder body sporting one bound-f-hole, the finish is sunburst and the usual tele style-string thro' body bridge. The electrics are passive, with 1 each of volume and tone pots, and a 3 way selector. The pickups are soap bar shape P90-esque of unknown make. Common or garden closed Die-cast tuners. It came supplied with a average jack to jack cable and truss rod key.