The Custom II is by far the most characterful sounding guitar of our quartet and the second you plug in, there’s no doubt you’re playing a Telecaster. The Duncan Designed singlecoils deliver a wonderful spank, backed by a punching blend of sweet mids and tight bass, which is sheared by the bright nature of the thick maple neck.
In short it has a notably grown-up tonal quality for a guitar of such modest cost.
Under heavier gain, the Custom II misses the earthy thud that the mahogany-based PRS and Vintage deliver. However, it’s nevertheless a cutting and more-ish Tele sound that comes close to Tom Morello’s signature sonics or a plethora of classic rock tones. Again, single-coil hum is clearly there, especially with heavier gain, but in a live scenario it won’t disturb the fun when you’re wailing loud with a rocking band.
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Pros: Classic Tele looks; build quality; Tele tones; amazing value for money.
Verdict: The Tele Custom II is the epitome of value with a great Fender feel. Beefed-up Tele tones and that classic Keef look.