Not terrible, just sounds like the tone control is rolled way back. Bridge pickup sounds fine. No idea what brand the pickups are, my question is really what pot/cap values are in a "regular" Tele? Love everything about it, even the middle position sounds good, I just want a nice clear neck position tone. I can get a set of Tex Mex pickups brand new for $60 on ebay but thought I'd ask around before spending any $$$. I've thought about taking the chrome cover off to see if that helps. And yes, it's intonated.