Update on Tele it's better than I first wrote
This guitar is ridiculously good! I play it every day and as the saying goes "my other guitars are gathering dust". How can that be, since I have around a dozen quality guitars? The answer is that Leo Fender really did get the design right. This Tele may be a little heavy but it makes up for that with perfect balance and a small overall body. This guitar is the most comfortable guitar that I have ever played. For me that's a tremendously big deal. The comfort allows me to play all day long every day with no fatigue, no sore spots on my body.
The set up is excellent right out of the box. How can that be? This is a $249 guitar/ amp kit, that also included many accessories. The supplied Fender tuner is now my favorite electric tuner and I have 3, one costing $49.
The fretwork is excellent, the neck is straight and is both narrow (think "nut width") and thin (think how thick the "C" neck is-it's perfect for my medium sized hands. It's an easy playing fast neck too.
The guitar tone is absolutely "Tele". I really am blown away! This guitar seems to have a natural small amount of reverb/tremolo that comes through on amps without reverb/tremolo. It adds to the tone.
My first review mentioned a slight string buzz in certain places. I was not sure. So now I play my Tele un-plugged late at night, every night while in bed so as not to waken my wife.and I can hear no string buzz anywhere. If I mess up and don't fret the individual stop/fret with the correct finger pressure, then yes there can be a buzz. But that's not the guitar, it's me messing up a little.
I actually thought that I may never find the perfect guitar for me, that's why I have purchased so many-a long costly search for a guitar that i can love. Those Indonesians that made my Fender Affinity Squire Telecaster using Fender specified parts and set up make a really great guitar. A true sleeper. The Frontman 15 G amp is also a good to very good practcing while alone type of amp.
Next up is my perfect amp. That search is still on going I am sad to say. It takes years and years to really find the perfect amp for oneself. I prefer the tone of tube amps when they are driven hard. I prefer the no-worries that a good solid state amp provides me. I play every day, all day long. i have not ruled out tube amps because I do not have a problem with refreshing the amp with new tubes. In the end it's not really all that expensive and certainly less expensive than continually purchasing new amps year after year. When I find my amp I'm sticking with it. I had a hot rodded Marshall JCM900 with a full stack of JCM900 1960A AND 1960B speaker cabs. The tone, sustain, distortion was wonderful. However it was causing me to loose my hearing. That and an injury that prevented me fom even holding a guitar for several years is why I sold it. The search goes on for the same tone, sustain, distortion but at a safe level. These day's I am playing many 5 watt tube amps. They are close, but I think 10 or 15 tube watts is probably what I will end up. Loud as hell but not quite loud enough to destroy my hearing.
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