I have telecasters, stratocasters, and epiphones. I knew I wanted a different tone, and have leadway in changing the tone. this is the answer. I have put this in second place in my playing. I play for a praise band. I didn't have a strong output and even tone when I played my tele deluxe. at church i play right into their pa. and this guitar is loud and solid. I can play bar chords all the way up to the D chord and it sounds full and brilliant. in the middle position the guitar sounds aggressive. but with the different positions and single coil taps, I can find any tone I want. at home here I play thru a peavy 2. and the guitar sounds wonderful. some people will not like the high aggressive output of this guitar. I play on the bridge pickup at church. This is for praise and worship songs. if i was playing rock, there would be no problem with this style of music. it came with tens, and i kept the 10's on it. the neck is extremely long on this guitar.but it plays really comfortable. and the boost switch is perfect for taking lead. and sometimes the coil taps are low in output, but with the boost switch engaged, I can make the coil splits sound just as loud as the regular humbuckers. I see this guitar for rock or heavy metal. I do not use distortion with the guitar. the guitar is way out of style for me, with the teles and the strats. completely different sound. but this is my go to guitar now for the praise band, and just jamming with background tracks. the gold color is awesome. with the black guard and pickups,and with the chrome bridge, it made me speechless when i opened the case for the first time. play one before you buy one though, its not your take home to mom guitar tone sound. I wanted an anniversary model also. another thing I would like to say about the service of sweetwater. I never had the experience of being treated as a customer as i do with sweetwater. I only deal with sweetwater now. my agent, is awesome. he helped me to get a guitar that i only dreamed about having. i hope if i have any service problems they continue on acting like a first rate professional company that they are. its like having your own professional advisor for anything you want to buy. and i can not believe the follow up after the sale, its unbelievable.
I can not believe i paid 1500 for a tele deluxe and i like this guitar better and play it more. give sweetwater a chance and they will surprise you with their service and quality of merchandise. thanks Paul for everything. You made me a sweetwater customer for life.