I also looked at Washburn, Squier Strat and DeArmond. I just liked the Tele the best. I would definitely buy this guitar again. Really, the only gripe I can think of is, it doesn't come with a gig bag. Oh, and it did NOT come with any kind of owners manual or paperwork, although this may be the retailers' fault. Mars Music is going bankrupt. so if there is one close to you, get down there!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Single cut away, classic design. Has die cast chrome tuners. Six saddle hardtail bridge.
Action is very nice, came with Fender .009's. I am not a metal player, so neck is fine for my needs. Maybe it's just me, but i think this is a lot of guitar for the money.
I have a Crate practice amp (GX 10, I think!) I play at church and jam with buddies, have gotten lots of compliments. Have to get real close to tell it's not a standard Fender. Sound is bright and it has that Tele "twang." I had bought a Strat copy Yamaha before this, and it doesn't even compare.
Haven't had it too long, but so far it has held up very well. It came set up very nicely, all I have done is change the strings.