Hi! I got a Vintera 50's Modified Telecaster in butterscotch blonde last Wednesday, and I've essentially been playing it non-stop since. Here are my impressions--including a couple of minor (I hope) complaints or issues--for which it'd be cool to get some feedback from other players, particularly those who own or who've spent some time with this model. But first, the giddy buying experience...(feel free to skip ahead two paragraphs to get to the 'meat'.) I found what I believe is a sweet deal on a "mint" model that was marked down 15%. When I got it, it was definitely mint, but essentially brand new. I think the vendor only opened the box to photograph it and it was not strummed much, if at all, because the plastic pick-guard protector had no pick marks, no finger prints, smudges, or any observable signs of use. (I guess that makes it mint, duh.) Prior to buying this guitar, I had been seeking the highly-regarded Baja Tele because of a) the pickup configuration, b) the substantial neck, and c) the "vintage treatments". As you know, Bajas are discontinued, harder to come by, and not that much less expensive than what I paid for the new Vintera, so it was a relatively easy decision for me to make. And of course, this particular Vintera is essentially the "new" Baja Telecaster. My impressions on the Vintera 50's Modified Tele after close to a week of playing it are overwhelmingly positive. All the reasons that drew me to it (pickup configuration/tone, neck, "vintage vibe" including ash body, tuners, bridge plate, BSB Blackguard, etc.) are satisfying. I've yet to set it up and put 10's on it, but it's definitely playable out of the box and I'm pretty stoked. My other two guitars are a 2005 Highway One Tele (pictured in my avatar with the new Vintera), and a Korean Epiphone Sheraton. I like that all three guitars look, sound, and feel different...my amp actually bit the dust over the weekend (in the shop now), but I was able to play all three enough to know that I have good options for tone and styles especially with the Vintera 4-way switching and S1 button. I have some complaints/issues about the Vintera, but I think they're relatively minor, and I would like your feedback or suggestions from your experience. Firstly, the fret edges are somewhat rough/sharp, however it's not really impeded my playing or I've quickly adapted. Anyone else experience that and what have you done about it, or not? I'm also used to a 15-year-old, worn-in telecaster with smaller frets, so that could be a perception thing. Secondly, the high e string jumps out from the string tree(!) every now and then. It's happened four times while playing since I got the guitar. I do strum heavy sometimes, but not always, and I think that contributes to the issue. Have you experienced this, and if you have, how did you fix it? I know a different string tree might help, but I'd prefer to leave the vintage style round string tree on there, and I wonder if the nut could be an underlying issue? What's your experience with this? Lastly, I don't love the gloss polyester finish and the butterscotch color is a hair "too rich" for my preference. I do like the more "vintage" nitrocellulose finish on my Highway One and the somewhat more pale/yellow butterscotch color on, say the American Vintage '52 Tele...I certainly love the vibe and idea of the BSB Blackguard tele, and perhaps it's the newness of this guitar as with the frets that I'm getting accustomed to, but what are you thoughts on this purely cosmetic matter of preference? In conclusion, this guitar is definitely a keeper for the near-to-mid term. Checks all the (important) boxes, and the complaints/issues have reasonably easy solutions or I am just getting accustomed to a nice, shiny, unseasoned, new guitar, so I really have nothing to complain about!! Ha! Thanks for reading.