I bought this guitar in 2011 for $700 brand new. Since my purchase, this thing has seen many stages and played thousands of songs. The pickups are on pointe and will not be upgraded in the future. The bridge has that classic Tele twang; The neck is warm, yet clear. Fender really got it right with the neck on this guitar. It has a satin finish, along with the body. There is no stickiness, and every note is reached easily and well-pronounced. Over the years, it has seen lots of wear and tear. It is aging to perfection. If you play rock and roll, country, pop, jazz, blues, or whatever, this guitar might be your new best friend. Although they have been discontinued (and they are much different than the American Special), you can find them on REVERB for a reasonable price.