So I got this Midnight Wine color MIM Tele a few weeks ago and I really love the way it plays. It has a really nice feeling neck, low action, very little fret buzz and solid intonation.
It even feels a little smoother and nicer than my American Special Tele (which I still LOVE).
I even liked the way it sounded except it was too dark. Seriously.... my Les Pauls even have more high end than this thing.
So I tried replacing the 250K volume pot with a 500K pot. It made no difference.
So I went ahead and bought a set of Fender Original Vintage Telecaster pickups.
I just got done installing them a couple hours ago and WOW!!!!
They really knock it out of the park!! This MIM Tele seriously sounds AMAZING now!! Beautiful clarity! Glassy non-harsh high end...... but still with plenty of mids and lows.
It sounds as great as my '52 AVRI Tele as far as I can tell.... without doing serious A/B-ing.
I'm in complete AWE!!
Here it is (photo was taken before upgrade..... but of course, the pickups look the same).
This is one MONSTER Tele now!