Very Solid Guitar at a Good Price
I've owned and played a number of guitars, but found myself wanting a telecaster off and on for some time. I started looking into them to see what was available and affordable, and this model came up at the top of the heap. After looking around online and playing a couple locally, I decided to snag one from Sweetwater based on their thorough guitar inspection and reputation for service.
I played both CV models and chose the butterscotch over the vintage blond (white). The main difference between the two is not merely cosmetic- the pickups are different. I chose the Butterscotch because I preferred the sound of the Alnico V set over the Alnico 3s- if you want that bridge to have that classic twang for days, this is the one for you. The white model didn't sound bad at all, but I think it was more balanced. That wasn't what I was after- I wanted a tele to be a tele, and this one does the trick. But if you want maximum versatility, the other model may be more your thing. Look into the different types of pickups and listen to teles with both to hear the difference. If you're a country player, or want that sound, the butterscotch is your pick, no question. Classic rock, you may want to look at the other one. Though it's hard to go wrong- both sound great.
I usually expect to tinker with guitars in this price range- swap the pickups, upgrade some parts, etc- in this case I don't believe I need to at all. The pickups sound like I want them to, and I can't detect anything in the way of mud- but then this is such a bright, clear guitar, that's not entirely surprising. Great tone, I think- but let your ears decide, since that's entirely subjective. I will say that the treble does NOT get overly harsh- the bridge is very bright but it doesn't get piercing. Though you can use the very effective tone knob to dial out some highs if you need to- it's got a wide sweep.
The neck is a bit slimmer on these than on any other tele I've played, which I rather like, but you may not- it reminds me more of a typical strat neck. As to weight, it's not too heavy, though not remarkably light either.
Not much else to say- if you're looking for the classic telecaster sound and/or look but don't want to break the bank, this guitar deserves a serious look. Aside from the classic guitar-nerd appeal (the eyebrow-raising choice of pine is true to early Broadcasters), it's a well-built instrument that I'm happy to own.
Lastly, I strung mine with a set of D'addario 120+ strings- they're a half gauge set, between 9s and 10s. I mention it because they're great on this guitar- you can still bend on the first few frets with ease, but they aren't as floppy and thread-like as I find standard 9s. Strings are personal, but you might want to look into them, too.