I have two strats (72 and 95) both USA, and a Rick 12 string. The tele plays as well as all of these.I would buy this guitar again. The best part of the guitar is that it plays well.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $629.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
To my surpise this is a MIM Tele. It is equiped with the standard single coil pick up at the bridge and a humbucker at the neck. Maple neck and fretboard. There are two volume controls and two tone controls. The selector switch is located by the upper strap holder. The finish is black with a black pick guard.
It plays great. I did not know it was a Mexican Tele because I ordered it on-line. It plays very good. I did have to adjust intonation but that could because of shipping. I have one small problem with the selector switch, I had to reconnect a wire. Other than that it is a very nice playing guitar
Sound is good. I use it with a fender twin reverb. I play a little of everything (Hendrix to Rage) Rythm mostly. One mod they could do is to have and option of changing the humbucker wiring from parrellel to series with an additional switch. I once modified a 62 reissue tele like that and it sounded great.
Intonation was out and selector switch had a broken wire but all easy to fix.
I had it fitted with a 6 saddle bridge from the 3 saddle it came with to intonate it better a year later, then I had the buzz feiten tuning system installed with a refret earlier this year. i wont change the pickups ever, since I love the tone and range you can get. It weighs a ton, lotsa sustain, has a very rounded fingerboard/frets vs. the flat ones the kids like for metal these days.
It hardly ever feeds back unless you are really cranking it, since I had the pu-s dipped in wax when they got microphonic/shrieky.
basically, i dig it.
Model Year: 1972
Where Obtained: Street Urchin Industries
It is wired/potted like a les paul with 4 knobs at the bottom and the selector up top, neck-side single coil for the twang and a bridge-side humbucker for the dark power chords and fuzzed out soloing.
I have played this guitar pretty much exclusively since then unless I bust a string playing live, which can happen :(
great, needed a ton of custom shielding though at high volumes.