A most excellent Telecaster
By: GS Harper from Cleveland, OHIO USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I won't say I bought this on a whim, but it was close. I'd been getting close to pulling the trigger on an American Deluxe Tele, then I saw this. I really loved that it was lawyer finished, and just dug the whole Idea of what it was. EZ Pay 12 installment offer made it a no brainer.
When I opened the case, I was happy. The faded satin finish looks even better in person. But I play guitar for a living, and looks aren't everything. It was time to see if it worked as well as it looked. It delivered. In spades.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Fit and finish are excellent. No gaps, or poor fit anywhere, hardware is solid. Stays in tune very well. A rock solid instrument.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Modern C neck. Very easy to play. Not large at all, but not a yardstick. The buffed fingerboard and glossy headstock with the satin back are a great combination of form and function
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Many people are under the impression that this model has Texas Special pickups. It does not. The pickups are "Texas Tele" pickups, and are very different from the Custom Shop Texas Special models. For me,that is a good thing. I've always found the TS pickups muddy and dark for my tastes. These are great. They handle overdrive very well, excellently in fact, and they twang like they should. The bridge pickup is slightly hot, but not enough to lose twang, just enough to stay beefy when overdriven and not get nasally or thin. The neck pickup can go from warm and jazzy to bright and almost stray like using the tone control. Well done Fender. These are standard single coils, so there is some hum present. The more gain used, the more hum you get, and it's worthy of mention, the middle switch position is not hum canceling like on some models. Users who use a lot of dirt might want to consider a noiseless pickup option.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Finish is excellent. I liked the pics on the AMS website a lot. Looks much better in person.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I'm old, and I've been playing for a living for nearly twenty seven years. I think all guitars are too expensive. If you'd told me twenty years ago that some day I'd spend $1300 on a Fender Tele, I'd have laughed. A lot. But times change. I would say compared to other things in it's price range, it more than holds it's own. Considering that these days you can spend more on a junk pacific rum guitar, I'd say the price is more than fair for a professional quality American made Fender.
How was the action out of the box?
Action out of the box would probably be satisfactory to most people. I'm super picky. I didn't think it was that great, but I am almost impossible to please with a factory setup. First thing I did was put on a set of my preferred strings, and do a full setup on my bench. Then I threw it in the case and drove it to the gig. It passed the test with flying colors.