Shijie TLV Pro
Well should the purchase be a Shijie TLV Classic or TLV Pro? It depends on your style and what you like to hear. The TLV Pro has stainless-steel frets delivering clarity and a crisper twang. With stainless-steel frets you do notice when playing non-amped the sound produced compared to Nickel frets. The bridge is different, but comparisons are hard to make, except customers have stated that they more sustain. The Nut is a bone nut on both, so no difference there. If you can afford the price difference Pro would be my selection. However, working with a budget the Classic is a great entry point and competes with other Tele in the market at much higher prices.
A TLV overall strength is its unassuming simplicity, its place as the protean ground zero for all other solid body electric guitars. The sounds of country - bright twang, double stops, chicken pickin' - will forever be married to the Tele but the model has been used by trailblazing artists in nearly every genre. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy page (early years) and Keith Richards, all have used Tele's to create the Tele-fueled riffs. Those early sounds of twang, bite and snap are still what define its legacy and earn our ongoing love.
The Shijie Tele conjures images of brightness, clarity and smoothness. The brightness when played is astounding but also warmth that others lack, the Shijie Tele has a superb neck, modern C type style. Shijie locking tuners the bridge is a Gotoh BS-TC1 In-tune that provides noticeable more sustain that allows easy slide with low action. Custom 52 pickups from Japan that deliver warmth that another Tele will sometimes lack. Tone is definitely Tele like with its own personality.
Fit and Finish of the highest quality, the neck is the star of the show. Tone smoother and rounder. While low EQ the bridge has a defined snarl. With a 12-inch radius they are shaped to fit in an average adult’s hands and
are not too slim to make it difficult to play one string at a time. This guitar is light and so it is not difficult to carry around and are
easier to keep playing. The shape of the neck is also pretty nifty, as the neck with stainless steel frets has been designed to help
even further in the attempt to make their guitars easy to work with. Shijie guitars are professional playing guitars and are made to be played.
A roasted Canadian maple neck and fretboard that makes playability easy as and that compliments the bone nut. The frets are stainless steel and are rolled to assist hand movement. A 12-inch radius is provided that is flatter for more modern playing and on the back a contour heal joint with internal extremely clean finishing, that overall depicts the quality control of the guitars produced. two Custom pickups from Japan at the neck and bridge with great quality alpha pots.
Quality control is excellent with all electronics areas and wires shielded to deliver a perfect sound without unwanted hum or interruption. All guitars are inspected and set individually at the factory. In Australia further quality checks are performed and setups re-established before delivery. If any faults are found (this has never happened to date) the guitar will be returned while another one ordered, or money refunded.
The sound quality of Shijie guitars is amazing,
especially when you take into consideration the price. Shijie guitars have
sound quality that can go up against models from the largest companies
while being much cheaper than said models. This makes them an excellent choice
for intermediate and advanced players alike, as they have features that are easy to
use for players of almost all skill levels. Once you get the hang of their
features, you can use said features to produce sounds of multiple different
varieties, making their guitars a great option if you are also part of a band.
Shijie do match that challenge of all competitors. Reviews from many players including Daryl Braun (see review) state the build and
detail were excellent with the best pickups. The Guitar also comes with a soft gig bag
not provided by Fender or Ibanez. So, is the guitar a higher quality than a
Fender Player series? Musically it is equivalent or better.
Costs have increased but the quality delivered is worth the money paid you will be getting a great guitar. when purchasing from overseas make sur you are dealing with a registered Shijie dealer as low-cost models are usually imitations.
- Construction: Bolt-On
- Scale: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Radius: 12" R
- Nut width: 42mm
- Frets:22J (Middle-large size)
- Neck Contour: 2021 Shijie C
- Daphene Blue
- Teal Green Metalic
- Vintage White
- Shell Pink
- Pearl Green