OK, it's not technically NGD as that was yesterday, but I wanted to get to know it a touch more before posting. Sue me So I took myself to Andertons yesterday with the intention of looking at the newest CVs. What had particularly caught my eye was the striking Candy Apple Green limited edition, which looked fantastic. Unfortunately, they hadn't managed to reserve this for me. I did however try a Candy Apple Red, a Player Series in Sunburst, and the guitar I bought, the thinline. Here's a pic I grabbed of the three: So, why the CV thinline? Well, I didn't click with the solid CV. I'm not sure why, but the fretboard felt dry and scratchy under my hand, and even though the electrics are meant to be identical, it sounded much thinner than the thinline. The Player Series, by contrast, was a lovely guitar. A satin-ish neck (it wasn't ultra fast but definitely doesn't have the full gloss the CVs have) and was the best sounding of the three. However, the Player Series is pricier, and I fell for the thinline. Here it is at home: Personally, I think it's beautiful. I try not to judge guitars solely on looks but it's what grabs the eye. I particularly love how the grain is visible through the finish, and I do love the vintage inspired logo and tuners too: Onto the next component, the overall feel. I'd love to quantify this to you with pictures but you'll have to hang tight for now. The neck is incredibly comfortable. It's simply listed as "C-Shaped" which seems fair, but it feels great in the hand. I've seen other reviews of CVs over the year saying the gloss is too sticky; for me, it felt fine. It's a long way from a satin finish, and perhaps if I take it out to some gigs in the future then under warm lighting it might change my view. But for now I don't see any need to sand it. The frets, to my initial and non-expert checking anyway, felt good and level, with no signs of fret sprout. I can safely run my hand up and down the neck and the nut seems well cut. It plays comfortably and well, which wasn't a huge surprise but nice to experience. The maple board felt much better than the Indian Laurel on the solid CV, but perhaps that was just a lesser example. I also love the light weight of this guitar, it's easy and comfortable to play standing. Sound wise, I think this example sounded better than the solid CV. Not sure why; I thought it might be the semi-hollow effect, but also looked to me as though the pickups were a touch closer to the strings than on the solid CV, which perhaps clouded my views of how resonant they both were. Both sounded good as they were, but I preferred the thinline. Having got it home and used it through my Hot Rod Deluxe and associated pedals, it sounds killer. If this were my only Tele I wouldn't feel any need to change the pickups at all. However - firstly, the Player Series did sound, to my ear, marginally better. It had a tighter, more controlled bass, and seemed to have a touch more sparkle in the highs too. It was marginal, and I was only using the Katana left in the practice space in the store, but it seemed to be there. Secondly, I already own a standard configuration partscaster that I've put CS Nocaster pickups in, which sound absolutely beautiful. My own existing guitars, plus the consideration that I could swap the pickups, sent me fully to the thinline. It is beautiful, and is a great guitar as it is. My plan however involves a TV Jones Classic in the neck - not sure on the bridge yet. So, what's not quite right? Well, the neck is comfortable and seems well secured. But I wonder if the joint from neck to body could be a touch more snug. Does this matter? To me, not at all. But here are a couple of angles to show what I mean: Anything else? Well, one of the ferrules on the back is slightly too far into the body. I don't see how it makes any difference and I'm not prone to eyeballing the back of my guitars instead of playing them, but here for the record: Wow, that was a lot to type. So, to summarise - the CV Thinline is comfortable, a great player, looks stunning, and does sound very good, especially considering its price. There are one or two fit and finish aspects that aren't 100% perfect, but to me make no difference. If you're in the market for one just make sure to give it a good once over. It certainly doesn't need much work to be a solid guitar and I'd definitely be comfortable gigging it as is. I'd recommend to anyone.