The Tele® Custom II is based on one of the most popular Telecaster® designs, featuring a bolt-on maple neck with maple Fingerboard and two Duncan Designed™ single-coil soapbar pickups with independent volume and tone controls.
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I bought this guitar used. Admittedly, it was an impulse buy. There was another P90 guitar I was interested in that didn't work out. I bought this Tele Custom II to fill the void because it was there and I had the cash burning a hole in my pocket. Not a recipe for success, but over the past 6 months it's proven to be a great decision.
I really dig this guitar. I play it a lot, more than any of my other electrics. The P90s sound great through all my amps, especially my bass amp. The body colour offers a great vintage vibe and it's not as yellow as Fender's stock pics. It's almost a solid butterscotch, but not quite. And as the guitar's second owner, I'll say the build quality is excellent and it has held up well since rolling off the assembly line in 2009.
When I bought it, my original plan was to swap the factory neck for something with a rosewood fingerboard and a different profile. But after playing it non-stop that first weekend, I changed my mind completely and abandoned all thought of modifications. There's nothing wrong or sub-par about this guitar and the neck is what makes this guitar so darned playable. I hadn't owned a 7.25" radius before and didn't know what to expect. It's fantastic and there was no learning curve or adjustment period (for a guy who owns several 12" radius necks). Finally, the satin finish on this neck makes it so elegant, so silky smooth. I now wish all my gloss necks had this finish instead.
I may have bought the Tele Custom II for all the wrong reasons, but I haven't regretted it for one second since. It's the most affordable guitar I've ever purchased, but you would never know that from playing it. This guitar proves there's a big difference between affordable and cheap. This ain't no cheap guitar. It's a well conceived and well executed Telecaster alternative. It's a keeper.
davewrites owns this item
I Bought my Tele as a second guitar and felt in love with its tone. The P90 gives such an awesome hard tone when the volume begins to rise.
I found it perfect for a lot of music styles.
Anyway, I found some of the frets had razor sharp edges and the string action was no good. I had to set the guitar up to feel really confortable with its playing. Now it has a great action the P90s tone deserves.
lupeter2 owns this item
Bought my Tele second hand of Ebay from a bass player who just couldn't get into it. The guitar was like new and on inspection I found out why he didn't like it.
The neck needed resetting.
It had 3 high frets.
The fret tangs had not been trimmed so it had razor sharp edges.
The three way switch was badly soldered.
String action was terrible.
I am not a stranger to setting up guitars and once the work had been done I have a lovely guitar, playability is great, action superb and the tone is to die for, but a word to the wise - this guys loss was my gain but had I not known how to set it up correctly I could have been one disappointed Tele owner. Check the set up closely and if your not sure get someone who is to look with you. Great guitar well worth the money.
douglord27 owns this item
I love the tradition and sound of this guitar. Mine is the blonde model, wonderful to hold and play. The P 90s have their own unique sound. The fit and finish are very good, no structural problems at all, and the instrument represents enormous price to value ratio. I also own the VM 70s Stratocaster, and love its sound, fit and feel as well. Both sound, look , and feel like more expensive guitars. Buy either that suits you; you wont look back.
kushog owns this item
At first I had the squier standard in black metallic, which I won, and I traded it for this, since I don't like black guitars, traded with some guy on Craigslist. I kept the neck of the standard Tele cause it felt and looked better since it was a rosewood neck, and the guy wanted his neck. This guitar sounded better than the standard, in my opinion. This tone is amazing, sounds amazing, this is one of my three favorite guitars I own.
This is definitely one of my main guitars, behind my vm hh jag, and stang.
The settings are so easy to get the sound you want. This guitar feels so right, as do my other two. The neck pickup is nice and warm and the bridge is nice and bright, but not too bright. I play grunge and punk and this is perfect. When i got the vintage blonde, one friend thought the color was ugly and preferred my older black one. I like to stick out with everything about guitar, sound and look, and this isn't your normal basic color. Only problem I had was the neck. When i played the original neck it didn't feel comfortable but then i was used to the standard neck and the maple on light body doesn't look amazing and pop, and the head, you'd think they would realize when they made it it would be a pain to hang, but then people will say you can't change a classic.
All in all a 5 star guitar, great tone, feel, sound, everything.
Grunger owns this item
This guitar uses P90s which leads to Humming except when using both pickups because they are wired in a hum phase cancelling way which is great.
The finish is not the best, but is good enough considering the price tag, and the Duncan Design P90s have a great sound, however i decided to make of this guitar some kind of project:
Bought a set of Seymour Duncan Hot P90s cream color, (the guitar is cream also, with black hardware) so the pickups contrast with the background, but these pickups aren't wired the same way the stock ones so it has no humbucking when using both pickups, so i had to open one of them and basically re-build it upside down, at last there is humbucking again at the middle position, also setted it up with some .010 strings which gives more power and more definition compared to any .009 string set.
Now after the overhauling this guitar has so much Hard-rock in it i had to buy a flame themed strap!
Before the overhauling i would give a 6 to this guitar, but now i would give it an 8 and not 9 mostly because of the finish since is just good, not great.
This guitar is sure a great buy to whoever is tempted to try out some P90s and like the Tele body, even more is even better when overhauled.
fernesto owns this item
Awesome guitar especially for the money spent!
The P90 pick ups create an amazing tone in many styles of music. I used this guitar in a punk band and I am currently using it in a metalcore band (tuned to drop C) and the guitar works brilliantly!
Easy to play, looks great and is very comfy to use.
The only small detail that I feel let's it down is the strap pegs, I have had to get some strap locks as the pegs are that small the strap tends to come off, however like I said it is only a tiny detail and can be solved quickly and cheaply.
All in all a great looking, sounding and easily playable guitar. Which for £200 you can't beat!
damonbillabong2 owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Tele® Custom II , Maple Fingerboard, Vintage Blonde|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ P90-2|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ P90-2|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Die-Cast|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Dot Inlays|
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