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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar  

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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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Burning for a 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 Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 322 reviews)

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    (245)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (34)
  • Fun to play (33)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (32)
  • Jamming (30)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (11), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Hot Rod Guitar!

I bought this guitar specifically to soup up with Fender Texas Special pickups, new electronics kit from Stew Mac with 4-way switch, and put a nice looking finish on the neck. Read complete review

I bought this guitar specifically to soup up with Fender Texas Special pickups, new electronics kit from Stew Mac with 4-way switch, and put a nice looking finish on the neck.

These tuners and bridge are fine as-is, it stays in tune very well and has perfect intonation. It sounds and plays incredible now, the action is set about 3/64.

Some don't understand the Telecaster sound comes from low action set to "almost buzzing" on the frets. You want some of that. It's ok in this case.

I also gave the neck the whole Dunlop fingerboard and fret cleaning/polishing kit. Makes a ton of difference when those frets are super smooth, I always do this even on a new guitar.

Now that they are making these in China, the quality is much better than what they were selling 5 years ago.

The neck is coated with some sanding sealer and has a bleached look when you buy it. Carefully sand that off by hand with 320 then 600 grit sandpaper. I then applied 6 coats of Danish Oil satin finish and it's beautiful and smooth, but still natural looking. It added age, color and charactar to the neck. I love it.

Final touch was a new pickgaurd so it doesn't look like everyone else's and this is a fine instrument at about 1/6 the cost of the real thing.

It's the best sounding blues guitar I've ever played, period, if I played country this would be the guitar I would want for that too. Merle Haggard wouldn't turn his nose up at this one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad for the price

I got this guitar six years ago and its not bad sounding at all. The neck pickup is impressive for the price.

To get it to feel good and stay in...Read complete review

I got this guitar six years ago and its not bad sounding at all. The neck pickup is impressive for the price.

To get it to feel good and stay in tune I had to change the bridge, the tuners (installed fender lockers) and had to get the frets crowned and polished. Actually two of the cheap taylor ping tuners that it came with broke before I got the fender lockers..so it was down for a bit.

As far as electronics go, my bridge pickup doesnt work and the volume knob no longer turns the guitar down.

Overall this can be a great guitar if you're willing to spend a couple hundred on upgrades.

I would recommend this to a beginner guitarist.

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4.0

No regret!!!

By G.Butler

from Kannapolis,N.C.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar a few days ago,and although I have been a guitarist for over 45 years,this is the first time I have ever been this impressed with such an inexpensive guitar. I own several high-end guitars,I already find myself playing this one the most.Like some of the other reviews has stated the frets were sharp on the edges,but Icorrected that with a small drimal tool.After a few minor adjustments Iwould not trade it for many of the so-called higher-end imports.I was blow away by the sound of the stock pick-ups. Buy it!! make the minor adjustments. You will be glad you did!!!!

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    5.0

    You'll be surprised....

    By StratDude1967

    from Winchester, Virginia

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I picked this up on a trade. You're going to laugh - I traded a MIM stratocaster for this Squier telecaster plus a really nice boutique reverb pedal. So yes, I downgraded (theoretically) with the guitar, but I really wanted that reverb pedal. Anyway, the reason I said "theoretically" was because honestly, I did not notice any discernible difference in playability or quality between instruments. I'm sure the hardware on the Squier is cheaper, but think about it - this guitar has metal knobs and strats have plastic. So, whatever. The nut is plastic, and I'll probably replace that. The bridge pickup is pretty decent, although I did notice a slight amount of muddiness on the low notes when using overdrive. The neck pickup is useless, which I understand is normal for telecasters. Dull, weak, with no clarity. Overall, this is a very good instrument that with a few inexpensive upgrades could be made into a great instrument. I'd say that it's very close in quality to the Fender MIM line. The finish is simply awesome! Of course it has the horrible pale maple neck that Fender has been using on these and their MIM guitars, but I can tell you from experience that these awful-looking necks WILL age over time with exposure to sunlight. Nothing about this instrument looks cheap, except for the Squier logo on the headstock. Ugh... hate to sound like a snob, but it's really unsightly. That's ok... I own sandpaper....

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      5.0

      This is one amazing guitar

      By Jimmy Lee

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        I always had the heart for Telecaster but at the same time I didn't want to spend fortune. Finally I decided to place an order for this on Black Friday season (musiciansfriend.com was doing 15% off special deal).

        I was truly amazed by the quality of the guitar. Everything was in perfect condition. This was my first time I didn't have to set-up anything on new purchase. Right out of the box, it was already in excellent set-up condition so all I had to do was tuning it.

        The real knock-out was when I plugged it in. It had all those special characteristics of Tele. The neck felt right, the electronics were good and it had that Tele twang!

        Only minor issue was the edges of frets were very sharp. So I spent 30 minutes or so sanding them down a little.

        If you want a Telecaster but don't want to spend fortune, this is the way to start. To be honest, I don't even think I will go for higher models. Instead, I might buy another one, particularly that Olympic White color!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Don't miss out on this one.

        By Gadget

        from Albequrque NW

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I own 12 guitars. The tele Affinity is the least expensive guitar in my stable. But I like it very much. It has that unmistakable Tele sound. Fret dressing is not the greatest but other than that I have no complaints. The blonde finish is more butterscotch but I don't care.

          A really fine sounding axe. For the price....buy it!

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Poor electronics

          By lou

          from Houston Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          Arrived slightly damaged. Pick Guard Scratched. Electronics very loose has a shortage.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Its a steal with a little work

          By Guitar Dependent

          from KC area

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Innards Suck
          • No Internal Shielding

          Best Uses

          • Any Venue For A Cheap Axe
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I've had it and been playing it for about a year.

          Can't beat it for the money. Finish good, set-up ok. Hardware good to excellent, including the PU's. Be aware there is absolutely NO shielding on inside. I would replace strings and do a set-up, and at the same time, open it up and install copper foil with drain wires, install a real Fender selector switch, and replace PU and output wiring with shielded cable. Maybe also the output jack. Keep the tuners, PU's, and tail piece assembly. If you can do work yourself, its a steal. If not, its still a pretty good buy.

          With the above suggestions, the guitar changes from a 60 Hz hum monster to quiet as a mouse. Also, I noticed a significant improvement in tone when I replaced the selector switch. Go figure.

          This would be a great choice in some venues, because you won't have a heart attack if somebody trips and knocks it over, or worst case, steals it.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Second review of an excellent instrument

          By Mountain Red

          from Half-a-mile from Tucson

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Balance
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Nut
          • Poor Selector Switch

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I purchased my Blond Affinity Squire Telecaster thru Musician's Friend in 2004. My goal was to have a practice instrument and possibly a back-up instrument. I wrote a favorable review about four weeks after receiving the Tele. On a whim, I thought I'd give another review of the product ten years after.

          The first guitar shipped had the neck attached improperly. Musician's Friend Customer Service was very helpful and I returned the instrument. I received a replacement Telecaster within a week. Right out of the box, I had to file the frets as they were finger cutters. Since I do my own work, this was no big deal, but I was becoming concerned about the quality of the Squire line of products. After the normal set-up, adjusting the bridge, setting the tuning, new strings, and playing the first time, I became quite impressed with this purchase and said so in my initial review.

          Problems encountered over the years were (1) the nut was plastic and became cut and worn VERY quickly, (2) the pick-up selector switch failed, and (3) the neck pick-up failed. I consider these failures normal wear-and-tear considering the initial price paid and the way the guitar is used. I have noticed hum starting in the bridge pick-up, but it is the original. Other than normal scratches from picks and belt buckles, the finish is still good. The neck has been re-fretted once, again normal for a 10-year old working instrument. Every year or so, I clean the volume and tone pots and the pick-up selector switch. Other than required small maintenance items, I haven't replaced a thing in the last six years.

          With practice time, gig time, and playing at church, I play the Tele at least three times a week. It is used as a back-up to my Strat when the band plays classic rock. It is my primary instrument when country or country gospel is played. The Tele provides the "twang" necessary for these types of music. I play through a Fender 2-12 combo amp and use a minimum of pedals. I prefer very light strings.

          I am still impressed with this inexpensive yet durable Telecaster. Take care of the instrument and Blondie will last a long time. I give it 5-stars with a bullet.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Glad I Bought it!

          By Dennis

          from Kuwait

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Work Horse

          Cons

          • Less Than Quality Parts

          Best Uses

          • Church
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I bought this and had MF send it to Kuwait where I knew I would be for 5 months. I shipped an expensive guitar last time and the case came back destroyed but the guitar was fine. and I did not want to chance it again. I was expecting to need to tweak this when I arrived and it was waiting for me but it had excellent set up and intonation. The bridge pick up is fine but where this thing really shined was in the neck pickup. It could get a little muddy but once you dialed it out at the amp this thing was a superior guitar. With 2 keyboards and bass and drums to contend with it held is own. Extremely full jazz tones and able to get real bright accented rythm tone 10 seconds later. The pickguard, knobs and switch all feel cheap and like they are going to break any second,but never did. The cost of buying this guitar and having it shipped for free is less money than paying shipping and insurance on an expensive guitar. Well worth the money and I am very glad I did it. I played mostly through a Roland Cube guitar amp and also direct through a Mackie Board with no effects and was very happy with tone after tweaking. The quality of this may not last years and years but this guitar has a ton of life in it and did everything I wanted it to do.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Instrument, but I've been thinkin-

          By Arsafraz

          from Blue Ridge, Ga

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            I Love this, and have wanted a TELE for quite some time, thanx "Leo". That being said, and being a Luthier, I converted mine to "String-Thru" and am knocked out with both sound and S U S T A I N. I However knowing what I NOW know, I'd have gone with the PACK model. It not only has the String-Thru set-up, but 22 Frets, a standard Fender METAL input lack, and the "More expensive (in appearance) "Skunk Stripe". Since I payed only a C note plus seventy nine @ Musicians Friend (and they are), I could have kicked in the extra seventy or so for the "EXTRAS". I'm still "Too Soon Oldt, Undt Too Late Schmart" !! Having a Ball with mine nonetheless! Thanx

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tele

            By Hanshotfirst1033

            from Nashville

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            Before buying this one, I was also considering a MIM Fender branded Tele. I was playing the two side by side. I couldnt tell the difference. Of course no 2 guitars sound wxactly the same, but in terms or quality, the Fender did not sound or feel any better. When you consider that I saved over two bills by not having the Fender logo, it was a no-brainer. I've never been happier with any guitar. Feels great, sounds really good, and the finish is gorgeous. And the low price point allows me to make upgrades, such as vintage OEM pickups and still come out ahead. Required the slightest amount of neck adjustment.

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