My review is of my 08-09 heavy relic model. As far as I know, the only difference between it and the current model is they're not doing the heavy relic to the body anymore, possibly the neck too but you may want to look into that to confirm.
Anyways, I'll try and keep this as short and simple as I can. Mexican Fenders are rock solid guitars and don't let anyone tell you different. As someone who's owned and appreciated several American-made guitars over the years, Fender gets it and this is one he11 of a guitar.
In my comparison to the American Standard Tele, the Road Worn is more comfortable and effortless to play, it's so much more resonant, it's got more raw, natural tone, and I actually prefer the Tex-Mex pickups over what they put in the US Teles. They're hotter so they produce killer tone and they make this such a versatile guitar vs the 1 trick pony that is the US Standard. Take my word for it, it can do rock, hard rock, metal, you name it. As awesome a blues and country guitar as it is, it excels at other genres too.
As a former PRS and Les Paul die hard, I'm blown away by this Tele. It has amazing clarity, snap, and presence and when you turn up the gain, it really cuts. All the natural tonal characteristics of the guitar just shine through and thankfully you're not left with the typical tinny, bass-less ice pick Tele tone feared by so many. It's a full and complex tone and with minimal tweaking, this thing will breathe fire and I'm never going back to muddy, dull, lifeless humbuckers. That's right, to my absolute shock, this guitar has completely converted me to a single coil guy! Now I realize what my tone's been missing all along, PERSONALITY! On the flip side, this thing just shimmers clean. It embodies the Tele twang and can also sound very strat-like. Adding a little dirt just makes this thing come alive. With a good crunchy amount of gain, it'll amaze you. The best way I can describe it is it's just so....toneful. I mean, real honest to goodness tone for days on end. Oh, and did I mention it's like putting on a favorite old pair of slippers every time I pick it up? Don't know what more you could ask for in a guitar.
I've never had a guitar quite like this and I'm never gonna let her go. If you're lucky enough to find a used one, don't hesitate for a second and buy it. But, even at 900 and some change new, this guitar is worth every penny and then some. Such a joy to play. It's brought a lot of enthusiasm back to my playing I thought I had lost and for that reason alone, thanks Fender. I would've payed MUCH more.