So, with the different pickups, phase and pre-amp – one can get lots of different colors out of this guitar. Other than the pre-amp gain on “10” I really have not found a bad sound on the piece. My only complaint about the guitar is sort of the nature of the beast…the body binding is a hard edge that hurts your right forearm if you rest it there for a long time. That is a problem with a lot of Tele’s like this though, and most players just tough it out or adjust their playing style a little higher to be more comfy. I could do a Jeff Beck and contour the top like a Strat, but not on this guitar.
It looks good – nice patina, nice sunburst colors and a REALLY convincing relic job.
It plays good – feels like a vintage, broken in Tele with a more playable bridge.
It sounds good – pickups are great, lots of different sound combinations, built in preamp for overdrive.
I use to lay in bed at age 14 at night with my Sony Walkman – I’ll bet I listen to The Ghost in the Machine album 500 times that year! I really like this guitar, it feels nostalgic, and feels right….so I guess it’s a keeper. I know not everyone likes the Relic thing, and this Tele is far from traditional with its modifications. But I’ve got to tell you it has a mojo unlike any other “new” guitar I’ve ever owned….and I’ve owned some nice guitars. Enjoy ~