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Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde 

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Now you can grab a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special even if you're on a budget. This limited-run axe is a Fender-designed honey. It features...Read More

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Budget-friendly butterscotch blonde.

Now you can grab a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special even if you're on a budget. This limited-run axe is a Fender-designed honey. It features the most famous of all Tele finishes atop an alder body joined to the rock-solid bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard and dot inlays. Also has a 25-1/2" scale, medium-jumbo frets, and 2 single-coil pickups.

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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Medium-jumbo frets

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SquierAffinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
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      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Squier by Fender Affinity Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde (Electronics)

    If you're looking for a Tele, and don't care about what brand name is on the headstock, then look no further. I've been playing for 5 years, and I've played many different...Read complete review

    If you're looking for a Tele, and don't care about what brand name is on the headstock, then look no further. I've been playing for 5 years, and I've played many different guitars, cheap and outrageously expensive. You will not be disappointed.
    I've wanted a Fender tele for a long time, but I kept finding deals on other guitars that were too good to pass up. Finally, the time had come, so I started researching what tele deals there were to be had. And I kept seeing people say that this Squier Affinity offering was surprisingly good for the price. So, I figured, why pay three times as much for a MIM telecaster when I could get this guitar that had earned so many positive reviews for less than $200. I was nervous about ordering a guitar online, and when the box came and I saw how bent and banged it was, my heart skipped a beat. But the packing did the job - guitar had a bent selector switch, but no other signs of abuse. Unlike the reports others have written, it was not set up perfectly when it arrived. The neck pickup was not level, and intonation on the lower three strings was off. I straightened the selector switch, but it still feels mushy and does not click into settings properly, although it does allow me to choose the pickups if I'm careful where I leave it. I adjusted the neck pickup level and higher, tuned the guitar, and set the intonation. And when I was done, I had one sweet sounding piece of equipment. And sweet playing. One thing that was set up perfectly at the factory was the neck. The neck is straight, the fret ends are flush with the edge of the neck - no sharp edges to file, and the action is great. And you know what, it is a lightning fast neck, faster than my much more expensive Fender Roadhouse strat. On the other hand, the pickups can pick up quite a bit of buzz on high gain when you're not playing, even in the middle position, but I can live with that because when you play, they sound great. Even with high distortion, the notes come through clear, not muddy, and the thing rings like a bell when played clean. All-in-all, this is a fantastic deal. Is it better than an American Fender tele? Probably not - it has cheap components that lead to issues that you are not likely to have with a more expensive guitar. But it does the right things well - plays fast and smooth and sounds great, and that makes it worth every penny you paid for it, and probably the same number of pennies again, actually. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the simplicity and robustness of the telecaster design - if there is one guitar that you could skimp on and still get something close to the original, it's a tele. If you are going to go cheap on one axe in your arsenal, or if you want to learn on a budget, this is the deal. Based on my experience, and the experience of nearly every other person who has reviewed this guitar online, it's very unlikely you will regret it.

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    It's good looking, but that's about it.

    I gave it as much as 3 stars becuase it's an inexpensive guitar. And the guitar weighed less than my MIM Tele. It's also a pretty guitar! But the frets needed more filing. ...Read complete review

    I gave it as much as 3 stars becuase it's an inexpensive guitar. And the guitar weighed less than my MIM Tele. It's also a pretty guitar! But the frets needed more filing. Running up and down the neck was like running my hand along barbed wire without a glove. My thumb and index fingers looked like fish gills after playing. The sound pickups had little definition too. Volume between the pickups varied, and the pickups hieghts aren't adjustable. I'll be sending this guitar back.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Lemon

    By Buzz

    from Ypsilanti, Mi.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        My guitar arrived in 'unplayable condition'. The neck was badly bowed and I wasn't about to take it to a shop and pay more money to get it in 'playable' condition. I got a lemon and now, because I'd gotten rid of the boxes, it's unreturnable. I still haven't heard from Musician's Friend on whether or not I can return it. This problem should be considered an 'exception', and allow it to be returned.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It's good looking, but that's about it.

        By Boxcar Stewart

        from Kansas City

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Frets Need Major Filing
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Decoration

          Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I gave it as much as 3 stars becuase it's an inexpensive guitar. And the guitar weighed less than my MIM Tele. It's also a pretty guitar! But the frets needed more filing. Running up and down the neck was like running my hand along barbed wire without a glove. My thumb and index fingers looked like fish gills after playing. The sound pickups had little definition too. Volume between the pickups varied, and the pickups hieghts aren't adjustable. I'll be sending this guitar back.

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          5.0

          Excellent,Fun

          By novice-wayne

          from lake Havasu

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            I was very pleased, the package arrived double-boxed. The Guitar arrived perfect, I thought the finish was excellent,The tone is nice,crisp. I can't complain, Nice Piece. Think'in bout buy the strat.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I should have bought two.

            By Mann Yol

            from Simi Valley, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Light Weight
            • Quality Neck
            • Top-loader Bridge

            Cons

            • Cheap Three-way Switch
            • Thin Finish

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            Sure, the cheap three-way toggle was broken and jammed into the control cavity when it arrived, and the finish (which is really amber, not butterscotch blonde) is so thin that it borders on brittle, but the neck alone is worth the price tag. Add two pretty solid pickups and a six-saddle top loader bridge to the plus column and you've got yourself a four-star guitar at a two-star price.

            Clearly, it's an entry-level guitar for lefties on a budget - and I should have bought two!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!

            By Gene Hank

            from San Diego , Ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Playabitly Finish

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                Got it out of the box....perfect tune and no electrical problems....sorry to the guys that got lemons because it is a great guitar for the price.
                I have wanted one since I was 16 but the price for a tele is out of my range. I have an affiny bass that is just as awesome.............use your money here guys!!

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                5.0

                awesome guitar

                By Gene Hank

                from San Diego , Ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Playabilty Look Finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                    Nicest guitar I have ever bought, and I own a strat and two les pauls. the playabiliy is amazing and the finish is perfect.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar

                    By photofritz

                    from San Antonio, Tx

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      Great price and product..Wowed my musician friends

                      Comment on this review

                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Squire Affinity Tele. Lefthanded

                      By Gary Will

                      from Illinois, U.S.A.

                      Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      Guitar was fine out of the box. Tuned a half step low which is good for shipping it.As I mentioned earlier, switch is sticking up way to high, Fender should look at that and maybe tint the necks a little.I like string thru body but the guitar has lots of sustain even without that feature,, especially for a Tele.
                      I got the Squire Affinity Telecaster because lefty's are still hard to come by and I missed having a tele. ( I have two Srats) This guitar will probably not be a second guitar when I get done with a few changes. If you are on a tight budget buy it and maybe make a few minor changes and you'll have a great guitar instead of a very good for the price guitar.
                      Guitar has all you could want in a Tele.Sounds good and snaps and spanks as good as any Tele I've owned, better than some.
                      Well built. 3 way switch is too tall and top hat tip seems to be glued on. Once I get it off the switch will have to go.As with any lefthanded guitar the volume and tone controls are wired in reverse.Kind of silly to do that because it's one of the first things I and other lefty friends change.Pick ups sound good but I have a set of Fender SCN's laying around that I'll put in place of the stock ones. Neck is too light in color but plays really well.Guitar is heavy but I like that.Body is beautiful in butterscotch.
                      Great guitar for the price. Most mexican ones aren't as good.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar

                      By Rioux Claude

                      from Canada

                      Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      This is way better guitar than you should get for what it costs. Overall its well worth the money after a good setup and/or upgrades.
                      I just purchased this Squier Telecaster to do some country pickin with. First I must say this was the worst out of the box set up I have ever seen, and I have been playing guitar for 5 years. It had Buzz galore to the point of not even being playable. The truss rod was one whole turn too tight, and intonation was a whole pitch sharp at the 12th fret. After a couple hours of setting it up perfect it plays great now and looks as good as it plays. Neck pocket is tight unlike some of the mexican teles which are hit or miss, pickups sound good for Squier although they are a little noisy, tuners are good quality, neck is smoothe and fast, body is alder and not poplar which is a pleasant surprize from Squier. Overall its well worth the money after a good setup and/or upgrades.
                      Everything a Tele should have.
                      I would gladly pay a few more bucks for better switches, no plastic parts ( nut and Cord input ) the plastib is fine now but I don't think it will hold up over time.

                      Comment on this review

                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Squier by Fender Affinity Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde (Electronics)

                      By Rioux Claude

                      from Canada

                      Comments about Squier Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      If you're looking for a Tele, and don't care about what brand name is on the headstock, then look no further. I've been playing for 5 years, and I've played many different guitars, cheap and outrageously expensive. You will not be disappointed.
                      I've wanted a Fender tele for a long time, but I kept finding deals on other guitars that were too good to pass up. Finally, the time had come, so I started researching what tele deals there were to be had. And I kept seeing people say that this Squier Affinity offering was surprisingly good for the price. So, I figured, why pay three times as much for a MIM telecaster when I could get this guitar that had earned so many positive reviews for less than $200. I was nervous about ordering a guitar online, and when the box came and I saw how bent and banged it was, my heart skipped a beat. But the packing did the job - guitar had a bent selector switch, but no other signs of abuse. Unlike the reports others have written, it was not set up perfectly when it arrived. The neck pickup was not level, and intonation on the lower three strings was off. I straightened the selector switch, but it still feels mushy and does not click into settings properly, although it does allow me to choose the pickups if I'm careful where I leave it. I adjusted the neck pickup level and higher, tuned the guitar, and set the intonation. And when I was done, I had one sweet sounding piece of equipment. And sweet playing. One thing that was set up perfectly at the factory was the neck. The neck is straight, the fret ends are flush with the edge of the neck - no sharp edges to file, and the action is great. And you know what, it is a lightning fast neck, faster than my much more expensive Fender Roadhouse strat. On the other hand, the pickups can pick up quite a bit of buzz on high gain when you're not playing, even in the middle position, but I can live with that because when you play, they sound great. Even with high distortion, the notes come through clear, not muddy, and the thing rings like a bell when played clean. All-in-all, this is a fantastic deal. Is it better than an American Fender tele? Probably not - it has cheap components that lead to issues that you are not likely to have with a more expensive guitar. But it does the right things well - plays fast and smooth and sounds great, and that makes it worth every penny you paid for it, and probably the same number of pennies again, actually. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the simplicity and robustness of the telecaster design - if there is one guitar that you could skimp on and still get something close to the original, it's a tele. If you are going to go cheap on one axe in your arsenal, or if you want to learn on a budget, this is the deal. Based on my experience, and the experience of nearly every other person who has reviewed this guitar online, it's very unlikely you will regret it.

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