I went in to my local guitar store today to buy a Fender Telecaster. I know, I know - what am I doing buying something other than an Ibanez.......
I wanted something for use in the studio that gave me a nice jazz / blues tone and to be honest I was after a one trick pony.
I went in with the intention of getting an American Standard Tele with an Ash body or an American Deluxe.
I tried the MIM version, the American, the American Deluxe and then..........the American Select series.
The neck on the MIM was poor. It sounded reasonable plugged in.
The neck on the American standard and it sounded reasonable plugged in.
The American Deluxe had a great neck but sounded very average.
The Fender Telecaster Select was incredible. Wonderfully smooth and very playable neck with a great finish on the frets and board.
The pickups were wonderfully smooth with a great clean bluesy sound and just a nice bit of bite when I rolled up the volume. Far more versatile than I would have expected.
Overall the guitar looks AMAZING - Violin Burst gloss-lacquer finish and natural binding on a resonant honeycomb-chambered ash body and a solid flame maple top.
I seriously WANT this guitar. I would have walked out of the store with it had the price been a touch lower. ($2950.00 Australian [I have subsequently found it for $2629.00 AUD]).
The other thing I am worried about is how much I would use the Telecaster. My RG (RG 520 with FRED Neck / PAF Pro Bridge) is my main player and I have no real desire to put it to the side as it is a great all rounder. However, I am seriously thinking of getting rid of one or two guitars to get this!