Classic Sound, Modern Quality
By: Nicholas from Massachusetts, USA
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
It's got the snappy twang that teles have come to be known for. I wouldn't want it any other way. The pick ups since it is a 60's reissue to an extent do have hum when being pushed. I simply use a noise suppressor and that seems to do the trick. It is very bright sounding, but it can go from a thin snappy sound to a nice mellow tone at the turn of the control knob
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish was flawless. The paint had no imperfections and the neck's gloss was perfect. No hang ups or cutting of corners from Fender on this beast
How was the action out of the box?
The action out of the box was playable. As with any guitar it needed to be set up to my playing standards. I did get this guitar shipped to Massachusetts in the Winter so it may have been set up better before the climate change it may have gone through
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This guitar like any other Fender is built to outlast the player. This guitar can take a beating but still play like it's brand new. The frets were done nicely and the paint had no blemishes. The old school 3 saddled bridge was a big selling point too.
How has it stood up over time?
So far this guitar is standing up perfectly so to speak. It's build and finish is great, and it's playability once set up is unmatched. It has been banged around, played aggressively and had it's strength tested and it is clearly winning the fight.
Your general opinion of this product.
I love this guitar! I have always been a Gibson and Fender guy and have mostly played Strats and Les Pauls but I wanted a change. This was one of the best decisions I could do. It's sound with the 60's single coils are perfect when being pushed through a nice over-driven tube amp and is chimey with a hint of twang when clean. It isn't a heavy metal players guitar for sure but can easily handle many other styles from blues to decently hard rock.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The neck on this isn't as thick as I was expecting. It has a decently slim neck which resembles my Standard strat. It is easier playing in my opinion than the strat however. The gloss feels really nice under my hand when playing up and down the frets. The smaller fret radius also makes playing odd chords surprisingly easy. The controls are the typical tele layout so easy to reach and effective.