I missed the Squier '51 blowouts several years ago, and ended up paying $200 for the one I eventually acquired (money well spent!). I missed the Squier Bullet HH Strat Hardtails for $99 last winter. I was not going to miss the $89 Squier Bullet HH Tele deal this weekend at Guitar Center. When I made my intentions known this morning, my partner replied, "You saved us a lot more than $89 yesterday." I had spent about six hours yesterday, writhing on the kitchen floor in geriatric, arthritic discomfort, fixing the dishwasher. "Yes... Yes, I did," I replied. She even accompanied me to GC to check it out. The one I tried was a sunburst. The body was at least three pieces, but a careful inspection was necessary to see the joins. It looked good. The neck looked and felt good to me. It had the characteristic Squier pallor (which doesn't bother me in the slightest), and the same sort of barely there finish as my Squier '51's, which I like. No sharp fret ends on this one! In fact, no visible fret tang. I'm not sure whether the frets are glued on, or whether the tangs are hidden; I suspect the former, as I suspect the latter would be more expensive. Not a deal breaker; lots of folks, including high end luthiers, have gone to glued-on frets. Played through a clean setting on a Super Champ XD, the neck pickup sounded very good to me. This was a major consideration because, while I have quite a few guitars, not a single one has a neck humbucker, and I was hoping this guitar could fill that void. Neck and bridge pickups sounded delightful together. I seldom use a bridge pickup by itself, but this one wasn't bad to my ear. That's the good. Now, the not so good: The bridge is the same deeply flawed one used on the Squier '51 and the Squier Mini, except that the saddle height screws are black. Not a deal breaker; I knew this in advance. The ribbon covering the open pickup coils looks loose. Not a deal breaker; they sounded good to me. Nothing lines up. The first string is much closer to the fret board edge than is the sixth string. No pole piece of either pickup is directly under a string. Hard to tell if the bridge was misplaced or the neck misaligned, or both. Not a deal breaker; toothpicks and glue are cheap. The setup was absolutely perfect for slide: Bridge saddles were set high (no grub screws sticking out) and in a perfectly straight line , and there was a pretty good bow in the neck. Not a deal breaker; a quarter to half turn of the truss rod would probably afford adequate, rather than excessive, relief. And why bother setting intonation on a bridge that's likely to be tossed or modified with new saddles anyway? (Anyone in need of a dedicated slide guitar really, really ought to consider one of these; the one I played was very well suited to the purpose with no further investment required.) But I left without it. The frets were the deal breaker-- not their apparent tanglessness nor their glued-inness, but their size, which is minuscule. A decent body and decent neck, it seems to me, are well worth $89, and a pair of pickups I really like certainly sweeten the pot. But those tiny frets, maybe even smaller than vintage, just wouldn't work for me. "Besides," I told my partner, "we have higher priorities than another guitar." "Like what?" "Like a decent tenor ukulele." I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying one of these Teles as a slide guitar or as a mod platform. But I'm convinced that it would require modding to be useful for anything except slide.