I have a variety of high quality electric guitars acquired over the last 40 years. All are fine instruments, but this new MIM Standard Telecaster won't take a back seat to any of them. I was, quite frankly, surprised at the quality and sound of this guitar. Don't let the fact that it was manufactured in Mexico scare you away from considering this guitar. It's very well crafted and you'll have a tough time distinguishing it from its American made relative.
The action is nice and low and the pickups sound great. Of course, the bridge position has the trademark Tele twang, and the middle and neck positions offer their own distinctive sounds. Whether for rhythm or lead, this guitar sings, and for the price you simply can't go wrong. Lastly, the color: the pictures don't do it justice. The Lake Placid Blue makes for a truly beautiful guitar.
Note that you'll need to buy a case separately. I got the Gator ABS molded case that was suggested as an accessory and it fits beautifully.
My only quibble was the intonation. Normally Sweetwater does a great job at setup before sending anything out the door. This was my 5th guitar purchase from Sweetwater. In this particular case, strings 1 and 2 were intonated correctly, but strings 3 through 6 were off by a mile. After first tuning up with an electronic tuner, I was shocked when I strummed a simple open G chord to check the tuning. I could hear that the low E and A strings were ringing out incredibly sharp.
Checking some fretted notes, my tuner confirmed what my ears were telling me: Those four strings weren't even anywhere in the ballpark, so it was impossible for the guitar to play in tune with itself as it was. I spent about 30 minutes adjusting the string lengths with a screwdriver, retuning and rechecking at the 12th fret until I was satisfied. Then the guitar finally sounded like the outstanding instrument it truly is.
I still give the guitar 5 stars, though, even if someone skipped some setup steps in the pre-Christmas rush. It's a really sweet guitar.