My main Tele is a MIJ 62 Custom Re-issue and have been also using the superb Classic Vibe version as a backup / beater, a job its wasted for really so when a Friend asked me to sell her it , I did... anyway In search of a cheap tele which looks like my MIJ, I came across an Encore Blaster E2 in a Cash converters shop for £25. grubby, dinged a bit, the pots loose, the action better suited to archery than music, I thought I`d give it a go.. These are £99 new and made by the same guys who make the Vintage brand best known for their full weight les paul copy V100, and are full thickness solid wood bodies of some unknown "Tonewood", amazingly it`s a string through body which is a big plus in my book and rare at this price level . maple neck (Mildly Flamed on this one) proper dark rosewood fretboard, Vintage 3 saddle ashtray bridge (all steel, no potmetal), Gotoh style tuners of questionable quality (but easily replaced unlike Squier Trapezoids) and a pair of "Guitar tech" Generic Chinese ceramic pickups . pretty good spec for a £99 guitar -even better for £25 .. This is the lightest tele I`ve handled, it`s 6Lbs dead, even lighter than the thinline I had a while back and it is solid wood too.. I stripped it down to bare bits, shimmed the neck so the saddles could be set to all action levels and not rip my hands on the screws, replaced the pots with full size Alphas I`d kept from the upgrade of the CVC and put a decent cap in (.033 Poly) .. the fretwork isn`t bad at all for this level of guitar , no sharp edges (unlike some MIM teles I`ve played) one near the top needed had high spots , now sorted and all playing well. It`ll never be as low as my MIJ can get but its more than low enough, I had to re-mount the neck pickup as it used Foam rubber underneath as springs like Fender basses do but ineffectually, its cover came off with the pickguard so I left it off, the Bridge one is mounted on springs .. Soundwise, it`s excellent acoustically with tons of sustain and it`s resonant too (the light weight wood ? ) plugged in, the neck pickup sounds much like a Ceramic Mexican one, sweet with plenty of gain, the Bridge has attitude and bite but no depth and it squeals like a pig at high gain , I`ll replace this with someones cast of MIM one, it`ll be fine then .. All in all , impressed for what they cost new , especially the string through body and the fret ends - I`d strip even a new one down and reassemble "properly" and replace the pots etc but then I`ve had to strip and reassemble Mexican standards before now because of sloppy assembly, Neck pocket debris etc . these are worth a punt as a beater so long as you know how to fix guitars and IMO a lot better bet than a Squier affinity . of course a Classic vibe is way better, even a Chinese made Tokai Breezysound is too but a used Tokai will cost 1.5 to 2X the cost of a new Encore and a used CVC 3X the cost of new Encore.