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Fender Needs to Sweat the Details
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
This is the successor the the Fender American Standard Telecaster.
By all accounts, its an upgrade.
I would have given it four and a half stars if Fender hadn't put the nut in the wrong location, and had shielded it properly.
I couldn't get the guitar to intonate properly, so I took it to a luthier (philtone guitars).
After a complete setup it played well and three interval chords rang clearly... four interval chords not so much.
After repeating the setup up and taking measurements it was discovered that the nut was improperly placed, making proper intonation impossible.
After this was corrected (new nut), the guitar played fine, but was noisier than I like.
A check with a meter showed no continuity in the grounding paint in its cavity.
I had Philtone properly shield it (re-do the shielding paint)
That done - decent gigging instrument.
No - seriously.
The stock pickups offer a wide variety of sounds, ESPECIALLY with the treble-bleed on the volume pot.
It can cover a lot of sonic ground well - jazz, blues, pop, rock, funk, country....
All that said, in my personal opinion, its pickups are too polite.
Tele pickups (again - my opinion) should snarl and bark, with enough output to put a grind on a non-master volume amp.
The VMods pickups sound good, but don't really snarl... so I replaced them.
Your mileage may vary, they are absolutely gig-worthy outta the box, but I replaced them and am happy with the instrument.
(if you want to make it even more gig/studio friendly - swap out the three-way switch for a Fender four-way (they're available here on amazon) switch, and gotoh locking tuners for the stock ones, especially if you bend strings hard, and behind the nut like me...)