Ok, I’m gonna start off by saying, I know that a bunch of people have done reviews on these guitars, but this has been a 20 year lust for me. Here’s the story: I lived in Pittsburgh for a year from 1997 to 1998 and met a great friend, and former bandmate, there. He was from Dayton, OH, with me being from near Baltimore, MD. We started a band, and during this time, he had purchased a vintage white Squier Standard Tele from Pittsburgh Guitars with the intention of making it into a look-alike Nocaster. He bought the 1-ply black guard, the “Spaghetti” Fender logo water slide, the brass saddle bridge, and the vintage-style tuners. Now, my buddy had very little mechanical skills, so he asked me to change out the stuff he couldn’t. We worked together on it and it turned out very nice. I made him promise me that if he ever wanted to sell the guitar, I would get first crack at it. Fast forward a few years (2002ish), and he was back in Dayton, and I had just returned to MD from Orlando. We were talking on the phone and making plans to meet in Pittsburgh again for the first time in years. I asked him to bring the Tele along and there was an awkward “uuuhhhh” moment. He proceeded to tell me that he had loaned that guitar to a friend for some shows. Sometime after the guitar had been loaned, that “friend” had tried putting the moves on my buddy’s then fiancé, now ex-wife, and a fight ensued. My buddy forgot about the guitar until I mentioned it, and was not into talking to that guy anymore, so the guitar was gone. Over the years, I continued looking for a Tele to replace the one that we had worked on together, but things had never materialized, mostly because something else would catch my eye. I actually was looking into an SX Furrian for the cause, since I liked the neck I have on my Partscaster, and that’s how I found this forum and began lurking. I had played a Fender Baja Tele a few times, and loved the neck profile, but I wanted a vintage white or blonde colored Tele instead of butterscotch and wasn’t into spending $800 on a guitar. After reading about how many of you guys liked the Classic Vibe Teles, I looked further into them. I played one in a local store, and liked it, although it didn’t have the same neck profile as the Baja, which is chunkier. I liked the medium jumbo frets too and was glad that they weren’t the smaller “vintage” frets. I was going to buy one, but wanted to hold off for a bit, mostly because for the $400, they wouldn’t throw in a gig bag (I like to try to bargain). I watched a few on that popular auction site that we all know, and found one that had a bag for $410 and free shipping from Kraft Music. After a few months, I saw the 20% off code on here on Friday and decided to see if it would work. $328 with the bag and free shipping! A call to the wife ensued, who said “If you don’t get it now, I’ll order it for you,” and it was ordered. As you all may know, my wife is as much an enabler as you guys, and a great wife to me. I always feel guilty about spending money on something for only me, but she’s so great about it. I must be doing something right, huh? It arrived while I was at work on Tuesday, 3 days earlier than expected. It was basically triple boxed, 2 full boxes and 1 open faced box, with no damage to the packing. After looking over it entirely, it’s perfect all over, except for one tiny chip under the pick guard at a screw hole, not even noticeable. Neck pocket is perfect with not even .0025” between the neck and sides of the pocket. The body is full thickness at 1-3/4” and the nut width is 1-5/8”. My Squier Affinity Strat bodies are 1-5/8” and the necks are 1-9/16” at the nut. It's a 4-piece body, but that doesn't matter to me. I tuned it up to pitch and found that it was set up perfectly from Squier, no intonation issues, no truss rod or action adjustment needed, just stretch the strings a bit and play. I did adjust the pickup heights a little, just to my liking, and that’s how I found the small chip. I think at the first string change, I’ll have to remove the neck pup and put springs under it, because the foam was crushed a bit and it won’t raise up all the way to where I want it. It sounds great though. I like the A3s in it and it sounds like a Tele should. I get the tones that sound like me out of it also, with some overdrive, and it’s very punk rock. The switch and pots work just as they should, and feel very solid. The tuners work very smoothly and seem to keep tune well. It seems that I’ve gotten used to the Grover style tuners with the 18:1 ratio, since I keep going past the tuning, but that’s just the vintage tuner ratio. There’s no fret buzz anywhere, and the fret ends are rounded and feel nice for now. It doesn’t seem to have the rolled fretboard edge, which is ok with me, but I thought that the others that I played had it. Not sure on that though. I like the feel of the neck with the poly on it. It feels a lot like the neck on my Squier II bass. I found that the neck is very much the same profile as my Fender MIM Strat, and the body color, although transparent, is pretty much the same too. The Tele is a little heavier than my Strat, but not as heavy as my Epi LP. The only thing that I was a little disappointed with was that it doesn’t have any flame to the maple neck. Almost every one that I saw in person or in photos (like on Sweetwater) had flame to the neck. I was hoping that this one would have it also, but no. Still, that’s nothing to complain about. So far, I’m extremely happy with this one, as I have been for the past year with all of my purchases. This one is #21 though, and I’m feeling like a hoarder here. This honestly is the last of my GAS anyway. I could be tempted to get another semi-hollow, but it’d have to be something that stuck out to me. I’ve already decided that if the right young person comes along and wants to learn to play guitar, the Lyon guitar that I just cleaned and set up will very likely be donated to the cause. Of course, as things would have it, my son now tells me that he “needs” a Telecaster too. Kids say the darndest things! Sorry this is so long and thank you guys for helping to make this happen. As everyone says, this really is a great place. On to the pics!!!!!!