I had never heard of these, but ran down to the local guitar place after seeing this video, and doing a bit more research, and had them order me one. I'll be sure to post a follow up but it looks like a real winner.
That is a badass guitar! We cover Rebel Rebel, and I play it on the Les Paul. I'd think really hard about replacing those pickups with a set of 57 Classics though -- they sounded obnoxiously hot, especially for that song.
Scale length is another oddity. It will never really sound like a Les Paul because of that. But it will probably sound like the fattest, coolest Tele you've ever heard.
Yes, 57 Classics are the bomb. I swapped the 498t/490r set that came in my Les Paul for a set my buddy pulled from his Les Paul Traditional Pro (he's a metalhead and wanted a Super Distortion/36th Anniversary set). It transformed that guitar. It was good before, but now it's absolutely the sound I hear in my head, especially on the bridge pickup. Through a Marshall it's Billy Gibbons all day long.
Been playing this quiet a bit. Very playable "out of the box". Has a nice snarly growl to it. I give it 2 circles and 2 snaps.
Still debating on if it needs 57 classic pick ups. The stock pickups are okay, and this way I can justify just "one more guitar" and go out and find one with the 57 pickups already installed. (Maybe a gold top?).
Anywho, if you are in the market for a nice guitar at a great price point I have no issues heartily advocating for a Fender Telecaster FMT HH model...