I've owned the 53OP for about 5 weeks now and I'm very pleased. It's comfortable and very easy to play in that everything just seems to be in the right place. I swapped out the pickguard because I just hated the white pearlescent. I swapped out the pickups, because I already had a set I love and I knew I would use them in whatever tele I bought, but the stock pickups didn't sound bad. I also already had a set of Highwood saddles, so I swapped them in as well. None of these changes were necessary, but I already had 'em, so why not. The "bad". A few of the frets on the high e side had fret sprout(?). The nib and the tang could be felt extending out of the fretboard. Cautious use of a small file and finishing with a 3M #320 sanding sponge fixed it right up, and believe me when I say that I'm no Luthier. I have several fairly expensive guitars in the rotation, and the 53OP does not disappoint. I love the tone I get out of it. Sometimes you get a guitar and you feel it lacks "something". I'm getting none of that from this mildly priced tele style guitar. This 53OP is replacing a Squire Standard I didn't much care for.