Mexico Does It Again!
So I've owned almost every Mexican Tele (FSR, 72 Thinline, Deluxe, Baja, Road Worn 50s, and now the Standard) at 1 point or another and the Standard is the winner for me. Quality is top notch on all the mim Teles so Kudos to Fender because they're doing a phenomenal job on quality control. What sells the Standard for me is the saddles and the neck. The satin finish neck on the Standard is so smooth and comfortable and the shape is pretty much perfect, not too big or small, just right. The modern saddles are wonderful, they're so comfortable it's as if they're not even there. In contrast to the vintage style ashtray bridges with the barrel or bent steel saddles.... though they look cool (to some) and serve a purpose tone-wise, they're very awkward and uncomfortable to rest your hand on, not to mention they're not very practical either. Playing the Standard however is like playing a nice PRS without the floating trem and we all know how nice those play. As far as build quality, like I said it's right up there with any Mexican Tele, which means it's built extremely well. No problem with any of the frets or fret ends, electronics, tuners, etc. Everything works perfectly. Nice low action. Body is pretty resonant for alder. Notes and chords ring out nicely. Chimey but full and rich. Plugged in it does what a Tele does. It can be very snappy and twangy but rolling the knobs back gives you some nice warm, round tones as well. I don't know what these pickups measure but they're hot for sure. The bridge especially drives my amp surprisingly hard. Under distortion they really come alive. No matter how much gain you're working with the pups retain clarity and definition. Only a Tele does that and does it with such an attitude, hence the reason I'll never get enough Telecaster. I'm addicted. So anyway, another great MIM Tele. Not necessarily "better" than others, just different strokes for different folks. The Standard is definitely the way to go if you like the more modern appointments like I do. Sweetwater was great as usual, thanks again Kenny Stratton!