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I own a few Telecasters, mostly American... as well as a few other MIM Fenders. I love it when I find a great MIM Fender, as they are great value. Of course, this can vary from guitar to guitar, even within the same model. That all said, I struck gold with this one. The guitar is beautiful and the neck is GREAT. Sounds killer. The factory setup was pretty bad, but it was mostly because of the saddles. They were all over the place and the string spacing was pretty messed up. The neck it self was al most perfect and I simply adjusted the truss rod for my location. After putting some time on the saddles I got an awesome setup on it. I have however ordered Graphtech saddles for it because I do not like the stock Fender bent steel saddles. They sound great, but if you play a lot of palm muting, they are really abrasive on your hands. I'm not exactly sure about this choice of saddle here. Chris Shifflet might not be a metal player, but plenty of Foo Fighter songs use a lot of palm muting. Anyway, I normally don't expect a guitar to arrive with a perfect setup. It's just important to me that it CAN be set up right. And that I did. Anyway, I also wanted to point out the experience of buying from CME. This was my first large purchase from them. I had recently had a very bad experience with a different shop. I was very pleased with CME. My only interaction with them was the day I ordered, however, customers do notice the little things. The guitar was packed better than most other guitar orders I've ordered over the last 20 years. And I really liked the extra detail case candy they added. I expect to buy from CME again.
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Most new items may be returned within 30 days of delivery and most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days of delivery for a full refund, exchange, or store credit. Please pack the product safely for the journey back to us. If the product was shipped for free, the charge will be deducted from refund, unless the reason for the return is outside normal circumstances.
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