I have a couple of other modified Teles, & I wanted a stock Tele around, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I'd definitely replace this guitar if I found another one with the same level of quality. The guitar would be "better" if it had through-the-body stringing, but it's an economy model, 'nuff said... The selector switch is a piece of junk, but the pots feel good. I've been very impressed with this guitar, and I'm not sure if they're all like this, or I just got lucky, but worth checking out.
Model Year: 2007
Price: $169.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Alder/Agathis body, maple neck w/ maple fingerboard. Dual p/u's, single volume & tone controls, 3-way selector switch. Butterscotch finish w/ black single-ply pickguard. Die-cast tuners.
I was very surprised by the quality of this guitar, it played fine out of the box. The neck compares favorably to my MIM Tele, and the fretwork was great. Neck pocket fit was great, and everything (except the selector switch) appears to be of decent quality.
Being a Tele, it's a bright-sounding guitar, and the p/u's are a bit noisy, but not overly so. I'm going to string it up w/ flat-wound .012s (like my other guitars), and that should even out the sound a bit. This guitar compares very favorably to my other instruments, more so considering the price. I'm going to replace the cheapie selector switch, & may get a black pearloid "mother of toilet seat" pickguard; also considering upgrading the neck p/u, but not right away.
I think this guitar would hold up just fine in steady live playing situations, & I'll probably end up taking it out on gigs, although I bought it primarily as a practice guitar.