I saved my bucks for this re-issue because I liked the look/features much better than an Am. Std. Tele. What's not to like? My only problem with the look is that the bridge is either a bit too small or the bridge pickup hole is a bit too big - the pickup rout is visible from both sides of the brige. This might be part of the 52 finish but it's noticable and a bit of an eyesore. It just looks a little sloppy. I wouldn't expect this from a $1200 axe but that's okay. I don't think I'll ever part with this guitar....ever. I'll probably have it buried with me. The tweed case is sweet as well and it comes with all documentation, COA, and the ashtray for the bridge.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Same Day Music
Basic Telecaster setup - no frills here. I really like the vintage hardware and ash body - much lighter than my previous Am Std. Tele, which was a tank compared to this. It has a string-thru body and one piece maple neck. Black pickguard finishes off the vintage look.
This guitar fits like an old pair of boots. It felt great from the start and now it's getting broken in and feels even better. I've owned and played all types of guitars but I keep coming back to the Fender feel. I can't find any flaws in the playability - nice low action and no fret buzz.
I'm still playing around with getting a good, clean distortion from this guitar but I keep playing it clean through a Marshall AVT100 because it sounds so damn good. It has ALL of the Tele twang and then some. It's got incredible clean tones and it's nice and mellow. I keep the switch in the middle position to get a great combo of tone from both pickups. It's a bit noisy, but that's expected from a Tele. I use a noise filter that washes most of the noise out. I'm not modifying this guitar at all. It's fine as is.
This guitar is built like a brick sh*thouse. I can probably throw it across the room and it will stay in tune and play like a champ. The guitar fares very well in temp changes and seems to stay in tune much better than my Gibson or Ibanez. I would use this as a primary guitar - probably wouldn't need a backup but I'd bring one anyway.
The neck was "sticky" for the first six months I owned it due to the laquer finish, but has hardened up nicely now. I'd buy another guitar like this in a heartbeat. I've wanted one like it, but the originals are too expensive.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Cenetr
Swamp Ash with maple neck/fretboard
21 medium frets with black dot fretmarkers
vintage control wiring (dark 3rd switch position)
translucent butterscotch blonde with black pickgaurd
String through body and triple brass bridge
I set the guitar up to a very low action with no buzzing.
Beautiful ation for rhythm playing or leads. I'll never sell this one. A flawless gem.
I play this guitar through a Blues Jr for live performances and a Line 6 AX 2-212 in my "studio" It fits my country/jazz/blues style to a "T".
It's bright clear and transparent with warm harmonic overtones. This one was built on a good day --- I've owned at least four other Tele's and played scores of others, but this one stands heads and shoulders among even it's fellow Tele's.
I've put in Wilkinson Adjustable Intonement Bridge replacements (They're still solid brass) for even better than stock voicing and tuning stability. (the originals are still kept in the case)
I'm sure this guitar will outlive both me and my children (my son has a band, too). I set the intonement up when I adjusted the action, etc and it's rock steady.
Strap locks were replaced with Dunlop strap-lock type, everything else is stock.
I've had/used a lot of guitars.(IMHO)This is the best prodution tele on the market today.It's like playing a true vintage classic.(IMO i'm a telelover)The best guitar made.My fav aspect of this guitar is it's true simplicity,a good peice of wood with good pickups.You cant go wrong with that.
Model Year: 1992
Where Obtained: Vintage guitar dealer
Made in the U.S.A.Premium ash body,maple neck.21 vintage frets.1 vol,1 tone,3 way switch.2 American vintage single coil pickups.Beautiful butterscotch blonde finish w/tinted neck.It has everything a guitar should have.
The playability is amazing!The fat neck is so fast,it's just a thing of beauty.
This guitar has all the honk and grind the tele is known for,from blues to country twang.I have played it through a veriety of amps and it sounded good through them all.The only mods I've considerd is Danny Gatton sig pickups but I would buy a new complete control plate and keep the existing setup because the sound is amazing.
Telecasters are known for their durability.This one is no exception.