I love this axe. It's got awesome tone, nice playability, and with it's sunburst finish is pretty nice looking. I don't love the body shape, it's just kind of uncomfortable to play but still overall a great guitar.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $1300.00 Canadian (new)
Basic American made tele, here are the features:
American made/Maple neck/Alder body/22 frets/volume, tone knob/3-position switch/bridge, neck single coil pickups/through-body bridge/sun-burst finish/lefty
Simple,no locking trem or anything like that,but just what I need!
This guitar has really nice playability. I've got medium action and, well it may not be the fastest guitar, it gives you plenty of room to dig in. The neck is pretty thick and, as is typical, 1 5/8" at the nut.
Pretty much what you'd expect from a Tele. Bright, thin, with plenty of twang. I have 10s on and it works well for rock, blues, country, even a little jazz!! It sounds great clean and with some mild distortion but when you start getting really high gain it can get kinda raspy sounding. Best to save those kind of settings for my Les Paul.
I've had it for over a year and it's held up fine. Seems reliable enough. The only thing is that they toggle switch knob thingy comes off a lot.
I always thought that a Yelecaster was for country pickers - and to be truthful - had passed them by, and never demoed one. At the time I bought this baby, I had owned a Gibson 335, and Ibanez Saber, 62 Jaguar, 50's Supro, and 80's Standard Strat. As soon as I picked this blonde up - I knew I had something special - and when plugged in - I realized that there was a whole new landscape of tone for me to enjoy.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center, Phoenix, AZ.,USA
Maid-In-USA, This well finished and goodlooking blonde Telecaster has a maple neck, chrome hardware, and is a pleasure to play. Has a wide variety of tone - from classic tele biting treble, to a nice smooth round sound playing up on the neck pickup. Rolling off the tone to bass does not appreciably drop off the yolume - and I have used this guitar in a jazz setting. The factory setup was very good, although I may lower the action a bit to accomodate my preferences. I have had a number of guitars, Gibson, Ibanez, Strats, and so on - but this little cutie makes sounds the others couldn't, and feels so good in the hands that it begs to be played. I always thought that Tele's were only for country-western - but I was proven wrong. Would recommend to anyone looking for a unique sound unavailable in many other guitars.
Factory Set-up extremely playable. Action may be high for those using 008's to 010's (shredder spaghetti) - but great for 012's.
Sound has a wide range - but leans to clear, bell-like treble - although using the neck pickup and middle (both) pickup setting gives the classic Fender tone. Can get a nice deep clear hollow sound playing up towards/on the neck.
Very durable - rock-solid. Never had any problems or needed adjustment. Only noticed that the screw heads on the pickguard are corroding a bit. Shipped it by boat to Eastern Europe, and it came out of the crate like nothing had happened.
I looked at getting a hard tail strat but I couldn't find one with the maple fretboard and to me that's a requirement for playability. I checked out some Mexican Teles and like the feel and sound but they had smaller frets - I like the medium jumbos. As soon as I picked up this American it was love. Sound, playability and over all feel made forget about the strat altogether.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Showcase - San Jose, Ca
American made Fender Telecaster with Maple neck and fretboard, Alder body. It has 22 Medium Jumbo frets on 25 1/2 inch scale. American Tele Single Coil pick ups. I replaced my strat with this guitar (my wife will tolerate only so many, which I don't understand ;) I never used the whammy bar so I wanted a hard tail with that Fender playability and single coil sound.
I loved the play-ability of my strat with the maple fretboard. And this tele is no dissappointment.
I use it with my Roland amp it sounds like a classic Tele.
I am only guessing here, but if it's as durable as my strat, and it feels that way, It will out live me.
I love this axe. Everyone should have one in their
Model Year: 2002
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: M.F.
U.S. made, 22 frets, 3-way pickup selecter switch, 1
volume knob, 1 tone knob, single cutaway, passive
electronics, chrome hardware.
This axe is very playable. If you like round fretboards,
and I do, Then you'll love this one.
In fact I'm raising the action a little and adding thicker
strings so I don't hurt myself.
Bright and clear. Lots of boing and clank. More so
than even a strat!
Think of Honky Tonk woman.