A bit of background first... I've been after a tele for a while now, and I had narrowed it down to a '93 Squire Japan or a '03 Fender MIM (which I posted a thread a bout, asking for opinions). I decided on the MIM, but it turned out that I was too late and it was already sold But the very same day I saw a local ad about a '06 MIM Tele that was listed as "new: unopened and unplayed". Went to check it out, and wouldn't you know it - been lying in its case for the last 7 years. It still had the plastic covers on it from the factory! Turns out that keeping a guitar in the factory plastic packing for ~7 years isn't a great idea. The wrap that was on the pick-guard had literally 'fused' onto the surface, and it took me a good part of an hour to peel that off. Another hour of cleaning and setting it up - I finally had a working Tele! Some initial observations: I'm not sure what I think of the maple fretboard. It's.. different. I have a Strat and a Les Paul, both with rosewood fretboards, so it'll be a while before I can form an opinion. The frets are bigger than what's on my other guitars. I believe these are "medium jumbo" (?) while my Strat has vintage frets. Again, haven't formed an opinion on if I like it or not I don't like the white pick-guard on the blue body. I think black would suit it much better, unless I'm convinced otherwise. zomg the bridge pickup sounds brilliant! Now I know what everyone's on about when they talk about the 'tele twang' the neck pickup is fairly dark, even with the tone knob all the way up - is this normal?