No pictures, because I'm shipping it back on Tuesday and it's already boxed up. With only a 10-day refund window, I don't want to risk it.
I ordered a Xaviere XV-620 in Surf Green with the Maple Neck (the thinline Tele.) It arrived Thursday night.
I figured, for $175, how bad can it be? They get good reviews around various boards, and my Squier '51 is a FANTASTIC guitar, despite its low cost.
Out of the box, before a closer look, the impression was good. It's a very pretty guitar, and the body finish is well-applied... from about four feet away. The body top, back, and sides are great (very pretty color, very smooth and even), but there's a lot of paint drip around the insides of the F-hole, the inside of the guitar was hurriedly painted black, probably by sticking a spray gun into the f-hole and spinning it around, because there was a huge blank spot and a bunch of dings on the inside that look like they were caused by knocking something into the back. And, on the bass side of the neck joint, there was an area where the clear hadn't hardened, and the paint had leaked onto the neck.
The pickguard was a monstrosity too. Tons of little plastic "fuzz" around the neck pocket and in the area where the corner for the bridge plate was (roughly) cut out. The lower part of the neck pocket had been over-routed to, and there was an unsightly rounded gap between the end of the fingerboard and the neck pickup.
It arrived out of tune with mile-high action and a backwards-bowed neck. After setting it up with some Elixir 10-46s, tweaking the action, adjusting the saddles, and tweaking some more, I discovered that no matter how high I had it, with reasonable neck relief, it was buzzing all over the neck. And the tuners were awful. Slipping and sliding everywhere, they couldn't hold tune to save their life.
The worst part, though, is that if you ignored the buzzing and rattling and finish flaws, it sounded very good. Tele spank, punch, and sparkle in spades. Lots of cluck in the middle position. Smooth, warm neck pickup tone. But, for how good it sounded, it was just not inspiring to play with all the buzz and rattle... and it's going back as soon as I can get it to the post office.
Hopefully they don't ding me on the refund for taking the plastic off the pickguard and neck pickup and changing the strings.
Maybe I just got a bum one, but I'd rather not be out another $30 in shipping to get it exchanged in the off chance it isn't good.
Forums tend to overrate seriously shitty guitars...