This is a really great guitar. Always wanted a tele in CAR and maple fretboard. The 12 radius is very comfortable for bends and chording.
Despite the noiseless pickups, I get quite a lot of him unless touching a metal component. However I do live in a noisy apartment which probably contributes to it. The guitar is not shielded and I imagine attempting to change that would be very difficult since, like a 335, both sides of the body are chambered and are deep. Even so, the pickups are nice sounding. Compared to my solid tele with fralin Blues specials, it can hold its own in terms of sound. More vintage vibe, but nonetheless very nice and takes to OD and distortion well (just keep your hand on the metal).
I also dig that the fretboard is not gloss, but satin. Kind of like rosewood feel, but with maple sound. Really nice touch. Plus, I don't have to worry about nicking finish when fret dressing later on.
The guitar is similar to the American deluxe thinlines from a few years ago, built a mere 100 miles away in Mexico for $1000 less. Excellent value for build quality and choice of parts.
Note: I did have to return the first one due to a poorly seated dot inlay, but this was quickly and easily corrected with an exchange from Sweetwater. Customer service is top notch which is always appreciated.