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MBM AE-201
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Submitted: December 18th, 2017
by silentrex_
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Sound Quality
Quite good! The pups are hot as hell -- this thing churns out volume for days. Obviously it's no Tele Deluxe, but I'm quite impressed with the edgy, thick tone it gets on dirty settings (how I usually play) and the clarity of it played clean.
Reliability/Durability
Haven't had it long enough to say, but no issues yet.
Price/Value
This compares favorably with Squiers, and this model is actually probably better for playing heavier rock than most Squier teles.  The closest comparison I can probably make is to GFS's Xaviere guitars, although the finish is nicer on this one than on the equivalent Xavieres I've seen. 
General Comments
I won this guitar as a raffle prize earlier this year. I tracked down that these are rebranded Acepros (Acepro is a Korean company with a factory in China and a website straight out of the turn of the century) distributed in the Pacific NW mainly as student guitars. This model is a variation on their AE-201 thinline Tele knockoff with natural wood finish and a two-humbucker pickup configuration, as well as the usual maple neck and fingerboard, ash body, 3-way switch, and Kluson tuners. I wasn't sure whether I should keep it or pass it on to a beginner -- I also have a Tele Deluxe for the authentic sound, plus an ESP 400 Series tele for the heavier stuff -- but I found I actually like it! The only thing I had to do to it out of the bag was dress the fret ends, which were sharp and catching on my fingers, plus I swapped out the stock D'Addario 10s for 9s out of personal preference. It feels and sounds nice! As tempting as it might be to scoff at these random off-brand axes, often they're quite usable, and sometimes they become highly sought-after 30-40 years later, so you never know. :) Anyway, I'm tempted to play this one at a show in the near future to see how it does. 
Reviewer's Background
Have played guitar for 40 years. Have some respectable instruments but also a fondness for low- to mid-level underrated gems and weird stuff.
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