This lovely Fender MIJ Hybrid ‘60s Telecaster found its way to my doorstep a few weeks ago. I've really enjoyed being able to spend some time with this Tele! I'm very impressed with the build quality and the obvious attention that went into crafting such a fine instrument. To be honest, I forget how I stumbled upon this line of Japanese Fenders. In the series, they have Hybrid & Traditional models - each with a '50s & '60s variant. I feel I'm well covered for '50s style Telecasters - I have an early '50s Blackguard-style and a mid '50s Whiteguard-style. I've been on the lookout for an Alder/Rosewood '60s style Tele to compliment the two Ash/Maple ones that I already have. While doing research, I was really drawn to the specs of the American Original '60s model - but I couldn't justify the cost. And, although I do like nitro finishes…I have absolutely nothing against poly. What was important to me - for some irrational reason - was having an actual rosewood fretboard. I did look into the now decommissioned MIM Classic Series and Classic Player models as well as their new Vintera equivalents. My desire for rosewood ruled out the Vintera line and meant that I would have to find a used Classic Series or Classic Player. I think it was my constant scouring of Reverb that led me to these Japanese Hybrid & Traditional models. I was really impressed with the specs and the price. These guitars ship with top-notch pickups, rosewood boards, and nice hardware. The gigbag is quite low-quality but I’m fine with that as at least they didn’t skimp on the guitar itself. With this particular Tele, I'm really blown away by the neck. The satin back has a great feel to it and the carve reminds me most of the American Professional line. And although I'm fine with a 7.25" radius and vintage-sized frets, I'm equally happy with the 9.5" radius and medium-jumbo frets on this Hybrid '60s Telecaster. The frets are beautifully finished - well polished, nicely rounded, and with absolutely no sharp ends. The only mod that I’ve made was strictly aesthetic - I swapped the stock mint green pickguard for an eggshell one. I think it sets off the Sonic Blue quite nicely. All in all, this is a superb instrument and I’d recommend it to anyone. I now have a bit of a ‘United Nations’ of Telecasters – one MIM, one MIJ, and one MIA – and, to be honest, now that they’re all set-up to my preferences, I don’t notice any obvious difference in quality between them. The exact specs, overall feel, and resulting sounds certainly differ – but I find them all to be really high-quality guitars that feel and play great. I now have three Telecasters and no other guitars. The Telecaster is an instrument reduced to direct function - and therein lies its power!