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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
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

happy with this purchase

By Joel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Affinity Left-Handed Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

As usual, it took some adjusting at the bridge and a new set of strings to really get the feel for me. But now it's playing well. New pick ups will really change this guitar. Worth the money.

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4.0

A Tele is a Tele

By GtrLfty

from Hampton Roads, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    I have walked into countless brick and mortar stores, box or otherwise and seldom find any lefty instruments. I teach guitar in a public school and bought this guitar as a scratch and dent. First of all, if there were any problems with this instrument, I didn't see them. The fit, finish and overall construction is excellent. The tuners are very good, as are the knobs and switches. The only thing I would consider switching would be the saddles - they're definitely cheap. What I love most about this guitar is that you can dive into it without any inhibitions! I use a small Fender amp and love the tonal control of the Tele pick-ups. I was concerned about the color, however the color is more of a deeper caramel color than the ochre color in the pix. Looks great with the black pickguard.

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    5.0

    Nice guitar

    By Rayray

    from Abita Springs, La

    About Me Child

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      Great for the money, nice

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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 Justin

          from undisclosed

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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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              (6 of 6 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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

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                      (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

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