Tried out the RW tele in white at GC today. Been researching for weeks and have wanted this guitar pretty badly. So I play the guitar for about 20 min. Like the vibe, and it sounds pretty good thru the HRD 2X12 I was playing it thru. Looked for a salesman dude to purchase. None available, so I left the RW sitting plugged in by the amp. So I grab an American Standard Tele sitting right next to the amp. Sounds fabulous and plays like a very well put together instrument, and actually blows the RW out of the water in playability, but they sound similar. So I figure what the hell, and grab a 52RI and game over. The 52RI plays like buttah, and for $400. more than the RW, I think I'll wait for the RI. Really no contest here, as others have said, the RW's are nice, but IMO for $949, not in the ballpark for either the Am. Stand Tele comming in at $999, or the RI at around $1349. I may be looking at some of the "thin skin" nitros/modern switching RI's soon. So what I've learned is, I think the RW's are a little steep in price for the playability, and for $50 or about $400 more you can get a much better instrument. So as others have said, yes I now believe the mexican made RW's are too much $$.