I bought this MIM Standard Brown Sunburst, maple neck Telecaster at a Shop near my home, it is MX14..., so I think it is 2014-2015 production.
I tried it and I found the setup to be pretty decent, not too much fret buzz for a tele, decent nut work, straight neck, solid hardware. In particular I found the knobs and selector to feel less cheap than the ones who were on a couple of Baja I tried. Finish on both body and neck is great, no issues with it, satin back of the neck is a great feature and gloss in front of the neck gives it style and feels great. I haven't found sharp frets, they are not the most rolled and refined frets you can try, but at the end of the day your hands won't be wounded and bleeding like with other "cheap" guitars I tried.
Ok, well the thing is, how will it behave plugged in? I tried it with an Orange TH30 in the shop and with my Rockerverb.
Everybody on the internet seems to complain about these "cheap, crap, bad sounding etc etc" standard CERAMIC (BLASPHEMY!) pickups. And I had some kind of prejudice before, but then I started playing. Well, I like these pickups. They can do almost anything and quiet good as well, I tried from super clean country/folk sounds to alternative rock/stoner rock sounds and they behave super well, I found the inner peace while playing it on dirty channel with a clean-ish setting and a volume-cranked TS9 between guitar and amp. I really love that sound. I really don't care if they are not alnico pickups, they do their job, I'm sure there are better pickups for every style, but these really are above expectations.
I haven't found either a really significant difference with the baja, maybe standard pups are a little bit hotter and less defined, but nothing more.
Clean and distorted in a power trio band the guitar really cuts through the mix nicely when you want, without being too noisy or having too much highs, it is right what you need when you want. Accepting the fact of using it without raising the Gain knob past 1 o'clock (with the SG I play with gain at 2 o' clock and believe me, it is waay enough).
Input jack feels a little on the cheap side but I haven't found it a total mess like other people.
Uh, I found it also to keep intonation better than my SG.
In the end: I think you get what you paid. I tried before it a PRS SE Singlecut, a Gretsch electromatic jet and a couple of epiphone. Maybe that was just the sound I wanted but I found it to be a lot more convincing and good sounding than those. It seems to be a great workhorse. It is simple, has got everything I need (but nothing more) and it seems easy to modify if you want/need/have GAS, etc.
Great deal, good telecaster feeling, good sounding workhorse. I am really enjoying with it.