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My first "Big Boy" guitar.
I have played bass for about 12 years, and have played guitar for about 5 years. I decided to purchase a proper bass back in my teens, exactly ten years before deciding to purchase this guitar. I made my purchase with much greater knowledge of both gear in general but more importantly what I preferred in equipment. I currently own what I would consider to be a good variety of guitars including a Huntington HSS Strat-type, an Epiphone Les Paul Custom from the 90's (Weighs a TON), and an ibanez-type HH "shredder" (A Hohner HR-800). I know I definitely prefer humbuckers and I like a guitar with lots of balance as opposed to speed. This was purchased because I felt it would fill a gap in my understanding of solid-body guitar types but also allow me to play with a setup that I am accustomed to.
This guitar is wonderful. For the price I am completely beyond satisfied. My guitar had either been setup prior to shipping or I was very lucky in the out-of-box character of my tele. This guitar absolutely sings. I perform in several different capacities in original bands as well as in cover groups and each of my different ensembles has been extremely impressed with this guitar. The tonal quality and variety are unparalleled within my personal lineup and this guitar easily rivals instruments in the $800-1300 range that I have picked up and tried out while searching for what I want out of a more beefy tele/jag.
I'm thoroughly impressed with how this guitar handles amps of all types as well as a great variety of pedals. My pedalboard consists of about 15 pedals, and once attaining this guitar I effectively ended up de-saturating just about every one of my pedals to allow the guitar to come through more.
I run a simple practice amp Marshall 1x12 and Orange 1x10 WET/WET mix at home along with either my full pedalboard or my B-line which has backup pedals and alternates. My "Big Boy" or moving rig for shows/studio/rehearsal consists of a double tube WET/DRY "workhorse" modern tube amp (Egnater 1x15 on the clean/AC setting) as well as a vintage 1964 Silvertone with a new 8 inch Jensen and a replaced tube set. This guitar sounds amazing through everything, but most importantly is incredibly versatile in my performance/recording rig and that's where the money is made.
I also removed my compressor immediately and experimented with the dynamic range of the instrument. I found that there are VAST tonal differences depending on pickup choice, tone knob adjustment, and most importantly: attack strength and placement. I regularly now choose between playing very directly over different parts of the pickups, but when playing on the neck pickup and picking on the neck around the 12th fret produces a beautiful tone that has chime, character, and sweetness.
I am all around impressed and satisfied with this guitar, and cannot wait to utilize it for a new round of musical performance and writing.
It has been a very long time since I bought a new guitar and the Shiflett has left me with no buyer's remorse. This is an incredible guitar. I'm running D'addario 10's and the tone is fantastic. Lots of mid-range & bottom end. The neck pickup gives brightens the tone where the bridge pickup provides a really warm, full tone. The guitar had a pro setup and the action could not be better. The whole neck is approachable with every note being clear and clean. Purchased used, this guitar came to me in great shape. A little tarnished on the pickup covers but otherwise in fantastic shape. I could not be more pleased with the look. I've had this tele on my wish list since 2015. The price kept me away as it books for well over the original MSRP. I found this one on Reverb and at a bargain price. Now with the guitar in hand, it feels as though I got it for a steel of a deal. It is a truly inspirational piece of gear. I love it!