Submitted June 12, 2019 by J Bernard M in Saint Louis, MO
"As GOOD as a MIA Tele"
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I'm a tele lover. I have a closet full of high end guitars, but I LOVE the sound of a tele. However, I love the sound of my American Elite Strat too. Then I saw this Tele Nashville. I was REAL nervous about the MIM production, but I took a chance (knowing zZounds would take it back if it didn't work out). What a SURPRISE on this thing. The NECK: is as good as or better than any MIA model. Perfect frets, no sharp edges, as strait as an arrow, AND a 12" radius! (I need a 12" neck).TUNERS: Locking tuners! Really? How can they do that? And they are quality, not cheap. HIGH END PICKUPS: Fender Vintage 'Noiseless Pickups'! I've got a set of these on an old strat I have in the closet. SAME pickups! Sound great, and as quiet as can be. BRIDGE: The bridge is a 6 saddle for perfect set up process. I will say that I had to take out a bit of the pressure spring on the low E saddle, because when I changed to 10's the intonation point was 'deep' on the low E. However, cutting the spring in half gave me enough room to perfectly adjust the low E. PICKUP SWITCH: This has a standard Strat design pickup switch. However, I had to re-wire it because it didn't offer the Tele bridge+neck option. Instead, it gave the 'center option' instead. I swapped the wiring config and got a CENTER=1, BRIDGE+CENTER=2 (Strat 'quack' tone), BRIDGE=3, BRIDGE+NECK=4, and NECK=5. This thing now gives me EVERYTHING a Tele can offer, PLUS the 1/2 'strat quack' tone, and the single center tone (which is DIFFERENT than the bridge/neck tone). ELECTRONICS: The electronics are 'fair to good', but not excellent. The tone knob seems like it is running on a volume tapper rather that a tone tapper. But, it's not so irritating that I'll change it out. It's good enough. The knobs themselves seem like that not the highest quality, but again... not so bad that I may want to change them out. The finish is pristine. I will change the pickgaurd out, however, because I don't like black. I ordered a Nashville tele pickgaurd in tortoiseshell red. The 1/4" jack is recessed, which is probably 'standard' for Tele's, but I don't like them because many right angled plugs won't set in them firmly. I'll change that out to a 'flat profile' jack. The gig bag is nice, but I already had an old Fender case in the closet just looking for a guitar.... so I was OK with that. Overall, this is a GREAT guitar! Don't be fooled by the MIM hype on the internet. This guitar (at least the one I have) is every bit as good as any MIA Tele. This Tele has become my 'go-to' instrument for gigs. My $2K MIA Strat also comes with me, but as a backup only... and sits it the case for the most part.
65 yrs now, playing for 54 years. Have pro equipment, play out regularly. Was 'full-time' musician for 10 years in youth.
Classic Rock, Country, Jazz, Big Band, Blues, originals.
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