Submitted October 24, 2018 by Alex F in Delphi, IN
"This is my daily driver"
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Sound is great, the middle pickup definitely is one of my favorites to play on a bright low crunch reverby clean tone. It sounds so good and crisp. The neck pickup sounds like a neck pickup from a tele. Except it's missing that bit of bubbliness to it that you can get on other neck pickups in this price range. The humbucker in the bridge is OK, but as soon as you coil split with the switch you lose a lot of the little bit that the humbucker was giving you. This guitar is definitely a guitar that you buy with intentions to upgrade the humbuckers if you are a recording artist, if not then you are set.
The switch used for coil splitting capability is very tough which feels nice to use. I like it. The pickup selector on the other hand is the cheapest pickup selector I have ever felt on a guitar. It's nearly unacceptable at this price range. The tuners are vintage style so you might have some difficulty tuning if you've never used vintage style tuning. It's a pain in the butt.
Ease of Use
This is where this guitar REALLY shines. This is the most playable guitar at this price range. As I said, I owned an Epiphone Les Paul Standard which is priced right at that $500 price and it was my daily for a year or so and I got rid of it (even though I loved it) and got this Tele. Now, this tele plays like all the higher end teles and strats I've ever played. This is where Fender puts all of it's money on this product. The pickups are kinda sucky, the electronics are terrible, the tuners are passable, but the playability is stellar. They knocked it out of the park
As I have said, the electronic parts are cheap so I wouldn't expect a long life, especially out of the pickup selector.
If you are going for great looks, playability, and a new best friend, yes.If you are going for a tone machine right out of the box, no.
I have not reached out to them
The Wow Factor
I've been eyeing this guitar on websites and watching reviews on it for months before I finally got it. This guitar is never leaving my side. That's for sure.
Amateur guitarist of 3-4 years looking towards being professional
Pop punk, emo, math rock, post-hardcore
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