I bought a Charvel Tele cheap once. Looked really cool. Bound black body, maple neck. Felt nice, sounded great unplugged.
When I got it home, and took it out, it seemed during the trip home the fret ends all pretty much popped out really badly. When I tried to play it....it scratched my hands all to bits. Pickups sounded awful too. Had a tech try to fix it, but it was futile.
I ended up trading it straight up for a MIM Strat. I was much happier.