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The Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar is the quintessential rockabilly, blues, and country solidbody. This is a modern Telecaster wit...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar is the quintessential rockabilly, blues, and country solidbody. This is a modern Telecaster with the same classic shape it had in the '50s! Covered die-cast chrome machine heads provide tuning stability unheard-of in this price range. Maple fretboard on a classic maple neck and solid alder body. 2 single-coil pickups with 3-way switch, and volume and tone controls. A genuine Squier by Fender means the Affinity Series Telecaster will have good resale value.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

The world's most affordable genuine Tele!

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • 2 single-coil pickups
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Medium-jumbo frets

It was the first. It's still the best. It's the Telecaster. It's crying your name. Heed the call.

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SquierAffinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 148 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (111)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (15)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great to mod

I wanted to buy a Telecaster for the longest time. Not only that, I wanted to make it my own and I was thinking of modding it. I'm not a person that likes...Read complete review

I wanted to buy a Telecaster for the longest time. Not only that, I wanted to make it my own and I was thinking of modding it. I'm not a person that likes to mess with guitars too much, especially if they're expensive, I like to keep them stock for as long as possible. Nevertheless, I wanted to venture on, and try to mod a guitar (this tele) to my liking. Don't get me wrong, out of the box, this is a great looking guitar, the neck is perfect, satin finish, straight as an arrow, no fret buzz, no sharp edges, perfect intonation. I was amazed! My only downside comes with the electronics, not bad, but you can do better (they feel a little flat for my taste). So I swapped out all the hardware, made it all with black hardware, bought a hot rail, coil tapped the humbucker, bought locking tuners and bam! (the only thing I regret is not making it a 4-way switch telecaster...but that will come soon enough).

So if you feel like taking apart your guitar and making it your own, without feeling guilty... GO FOR IT!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent guitar after setup!

I give this guitar a 5 out of 10 only because of the extremely low quality control on the factory setup and the hardware (tuning keys, bridge, input jack plate and pickup...Read complete review

I give this guitar a 5 out of 10 only because of the extremely low quality control on the factory setup and the hardware (tuning keys, bridge, input jack plate and pickup selector) are of low quality however, I do not plan on upgrading them. Everything works fine and I very gentle with my guitars.
Not much to mention, its a solid body hard tail guitar with a bolt on neck.
Out of the box this guitar was a mess. Very sharp frets, extremely high action, intonation off on every string and the neck had a inward bow. Not to mention a slight crack (very slight but noticeable) in the body at the neck joint. I did however expected this from a cheap guitar. After a complete setup - filing the frets, setting the action, setting the intonation and straightening out the neck I must say......I love it, absolutely love it. It is by far one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played. The neck is perfect for chording jazz and classical chords. I play it clean through both pickups (in the middle position) and the tone is amazing. I can't imagine a custom shop tele playing or sounding much better than this squire.
Off the chart once it is properly set up.

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4.0

Great Guitar

By 

from Eugene Oregon

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Not too heavy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Playing

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I haven't had this guitar long enough to give it a completely fair evaluation, But so far I have found nothing about it I don't like. It stays in tune, and does not need a setup.. The friends that have seen and played it agree..This is a great guitar for the $$$,

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    4.0

    Black and White Tele is a beutiful thing.

    By 

    from Saco, Maine

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I'm surprised and disappointed that a new guitar needs setup work when I receive it.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar!

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      By 

      from Olympia, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

      • Bad Three Way Switch

      Best Uses

      • Professional Shows
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      First off, I've owned three American Telecasters and one American Strat in the past, but have played a Mexican made Strat for eight years and a Chinese (es 175 ) Jazz box for ten. Where they are made means zero to me. How they are built, functionality are key. This instrument was set up very nicely from the factory, but was not the color I thought I was buying. Musician's Friend offered to exchange, but I fell in love with it and didn't want to let it go.Just 48 hours later, the three-way switch went out. Again, MF was real nice about it, offering an exchange. Instead, I opted to buy a new Di Marzio 3-way Tele switch and install myself .. Problem solved! Excellent guitar and I bought a new Vintage Tweed case for her and I'm proud to play the instrument anywhere, and it's ready to record! Strong pickups, incredible neck and stays in perfect tune. What more could you want? Looks, feel, play-ability and tone. Perfect! Thank you Musicians Friend for doing our best to please me,but she's mine and you can't have her back! lol

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Buy

      By 

      from New Castle, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I can't believe how much I love this guitar. I bought it with the intent of putting it in an open tuning and having it available when I play out. I was going to use it mainly for slide playing. Looks like it will be getting a lot more use than I originally thought. In fact, I liked it so much that I played it for a week before I even put it in an open tuning to see how it sounds with a slide...sounds pretty nice.

        So far I've used it at rehearsal, and for some recording. This instrument at this price is a no brainer.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This little guitar is GREAT .

        By 

        from Columbus Ohio

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Right out of the box enjoyable. The pickups aren't nearly as strong as my Strat so I turned the amp up ,no big deal . The finish was flawless , it stays in tune and plays like a guitar costing much much more. I love this thing.

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          4.0

          Playable right out of the box

          By 

          from Columbus Ohio

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Opened The Shipping Box

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Opened the shipping box ,tuned it and played it. I was very happy with the factory set up. The action was amazing , the finish was flawless. For the price , a lot of guitar. The pickups are wimpy but that's an easy fix that I counted on from the get-go. All in all I am totally satisfied with my purchase . Every experience that I've had with Musicians Friend (which has been many) had been pleasant.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Squires are most of the time a best buy

          By 

          from Greeley, Colorado

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Value

          Cons

          • Some But Not All Squires

          Best Uses

          • Awesome Starter Guitars

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I can buy any Fender product made. and it never ceases to amaze me how i am drawn to the Squires. now some squires are too cheaply made for my taste. But there are some that are an amazing value. i consider them the quality of yesterdays Fenders. And for some reason, i generally find the guitar tone to be more of my liking than with most fender branded guitars. If you dont have to have the name FENDER on the headstock, Squire is a great way to go.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great to mod

          By 

          from Puerto Rico

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Does Not Feel Cheap
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Cheap Electronics

          Best Uses

          • Custom Modifications
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I wanted to buy a Telecaster for the longest time. Not only that, I wanted to make it my own and I was thinking of modding it. I'm not a person that likes to mess with guitars too much, especially if they're expensive, I like to keep them stock for as long as possible. Nevertheless, I wanted to venture on, and try to mod a guitar (this tele) to my liking. Don't get me wrong, out of the box, this is a great looking guitar, the neck is perfect, satin finish, straight as an arrow, no fret buzz, no sharp edges, perfect intonation. I was amazed! My only downside comes with the electronics, not bad, but you can do better (they feel a little flat for my taste). So I swapped out all the hardware, made it all with black hardware, bought a hot rail, coil tapped the humbucker, bought locking tuners and bam! (the only thing I regret is not making it a 4-way switch telecaster...but that will come soon enough).

          So if you feel like taking apart your guitar and making it your own, without feeling guilty... GO FOR IT!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best value in a guitar I have ever seen

          By 

          from Southeast Arizona

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            Let me start by saying I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and have owned many, many guitars to Include Fenders, Squires, Gibsons, Epiphones, and Ibanez's. With that in mind these guitars I've owned range in price from under a US Franklin to over a thousand US Franklins. Currently, prior to buying this Tele, I own two MIM Fender Strats ( one of which I have owned for 25+ years), a Fender T-bucket Acoustic, a Sterling Music Man "Rockstar" series guitar, a Squire PJ Bass, and a multitude of other music equipment to include PA systems, drums, amplifiers (Fender and Marshalls), keyboards, and stage lighting ( Yes, I have a four piece country/rock band that plays 50 -60 shows a year). Now to this Squire Affinity Telecaster .... Well let me say that when it arrived from MF it was packed to be shipped around the world. When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised with the color (Artic White, but, it is more ivory colored). I did a once over of the guitar and I will say that the craftsmanship on this guitar is more than excellent. The finish was flawless, the neck was like butter ( fast and thin.I have small hands and the neck is perfect for me), the frets were finished to perfection with no sharp edges as I found on a Squire Strat that I owned before. I removed the plastic covering from the pickguard and front PUP, tuned it up with the factory strings and found that the intonation and string height had been PERFECTLY at the factory. There was no fret buzz whatsoever. The electronics and tuners seem to be solid and I will add there is no noise from the pickups. The tone on the front PUP is warm and jazzy (clean with a touch of chorus and reverb), the rear PUP is sharp and twangy just like a Tele should be ( clean with a chorus and reverb). Now add some distortion to the amp and this guitar comes to life. Now you don't get that dual humbukcer sound, but the sound is that classic 1970's rock and roll/southern rock sound.. The guitar that was sent to me may have been the cream of the crop, but I would have paid double for it (two Franklins for this guitar is a steal). this guitar may very well become my primary guitar and take the place of my long loved Strat.. If you are looking for that classic tele sound and don't want to spend a boat load of money, BUY ONE OF THESE. This is absolutely the best guitar for the money I have found in a long, long time. Oh yeah, the Artic White color has that classic 1950's aged white color... PERFECT GUITAR at a PERFECT PRICE....

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            4.0

            One solid guitar

            By 

            from Dallas, Tx

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Right off the bat, let me say that the pictures you see above do not do this guitar justice at all. I bought this guitar with the intention of just having a tele to play around on. Now with this things price tag, you're going to need to upgrade some things(I personally had a friend repaint it and put new Fender quality pickups in, the electronics are actually very good for Squier) After my upgrades, I love this thing, it plays great, has a uniquely twangy sound and is just what a person new to Tele's needs. I recommend this for anyone like me looking to add that missing piece from your guitar collection, or just need something to jack around with. Solid block of wood, can't beat the price.

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