I love this guitar. My wife gave me this tele for our anniversary. I've been playing a 99 Fender Strat and a 94 LP Custom for the past fifteen years. I'd wanted to try something new and stumbled across this bad boy while reading Tele forums. To be honest I'd never heard the Winery Dogs or any of Richie's solo material prior to becoming interested in the guitar. I am now a HUGE Richie fan. His solo material is amazing. Just caught my first Richie show in Bethlehem PA last week.
The guitar: It's HEAVY! Feels heavier than my 94 Les Paul to be honest. I have a healthy leather strap and strap locks for it.
I love the comfort cut in the back. Why aren't all Tele's made with that?
Finish is beautiful. Impeccable quality.
I really love the super fat neck. I have long fingers so it works pretty well for me. I'm so used to it now I'm wondering if there is a way to get a similar neck on my strat without ruining the balance of it. It feel really good in my hands.
Pickups: Love the Chopper T and Twang King combo. The chopper T has enough bite to do many styles of music really well. The Twang King is a hidden jewel in my opinion. It's very versatile.
I had some work done on the tele almost immediately. I constantly use my tone knobs on my LP's and strats and felt like not including them was a major oversight. Richie might be able to get away with it because he's playing Marshalls and Cornfields but I can't with a Fender HRD. So my tech guy modified the parallel/series switch to be a push pull that engages the series option no matter what position I'm in (instead of only the middle position as originally specified.) The switch also acts as a master tone control for all four positions (including series boost.) I really like the mids bump I get when I switch from parallel to series. It's perfect for making my leads jump out into the mix.
I'm really, really happy with this guitar. SO much so I've barely touched my LP or strat in the past year. I still bring a backup to gigs but I haven't busted a string on this tele yet.