Hi folks, I've been lurking for a bit, but didn't have much to add since I didn't own a tele, but I solved that problem today I picked up a Squire Vintage Modified Thinline from Musicians Friend with a 20% off coupon I had. Fit and finish were nice on this one. They say it is gold, but it seems more like a silver-gold to me. I do like the color whatever it is. Frets may need a tiny bit of dressing on the ends to dull them a little, but they haven't chewed up my hands yet. The intonation was also way out but that was a pretty quick fix. The action is nice. I'm real happy with it for what I paid for it! I'll probably change out the pickups at some point. I may go with a little '59 in the bridge, but I am currently building a Mission Amps 5E3, so I will wait until I hear this guitar through the new amp before I start swapping out pickups though. Does anyone know what strings come on this from the factory? The seem pretty light. Are they 9's? It came in a sealed fender box (within another box), but there was no Squire/Fender documentation in the box. The box was sealed too, and everything was well packed, so I don't think it was a return. I did get the Allen key. Usually there is a little notecard in the box or something, no? Anyway, I'm glad to finally own a telecaster!