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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar  Butterscotch Blonde 

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Got the hots for a butterscotch blonde Tele?Now you can own a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special, no matter what your budget. This special-run...Read More

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Burning for a butterscotch blonde?

Got the hots for a butterscotch blonde Tele?Now you can own a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special, no matter what your budget. This special-run guitar is a Fender-designed beauty. Sporting the most famous of all Telecaster finishes on an alder body, with bolt-on maple neck and maple fretboard with dot inlays. Also features a 25-1/2" scale length, with medium-jumbo frets, and two legendary Fender single-coil pickups. At this price, you can™t go wrong!

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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 332 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (252)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Good feel (42)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Good pick up (24)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (40)
  • Jamming (38)
  • Small venues (27)
  • Recording (23)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (13), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is one amazing 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...Read complete review

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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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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5.0

A Solid, Clean Workhorse of an Axe

By Johno

from Milton, WV

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I picked up a new one of these a few years back at a shop in Harrisonburg, Va. It just felt good right there in the store, and the sweet price tag sold me. The stock pickups weren't bad, all in all, and I was never bothered much by cosmetics (pale white neck). Of course, I replaced the strings and did a basic setup, as with virtually all new cheaper guitars. But I made two changes that have turned this into an excellent looking and playing axe. First, I replaced the pickups with Fender Noiseless, along with better switch and pots. A little investment there, but only a one-time cost that should last a lifetime. Secondly, I gently buffed the entire neck and fingerboard with fine steel wool, and rubbed on a thin wash of medium brown stain. After wiping off the excess, and playing for a few weeks, it had (and still has) a wonderful old worn, rich finish. This is just me, but I think this guitar now rivals telecasters costing many, many hundreds more! Don't be fooled by elitist hype. Much can be made with little, in the right hands.

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    5.0

    excellent telecaster feel and sound and look

    By professor chill

    from El Paso TX

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I like this little Squier affinity telecaster better than my 1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline - a lot better. And I thought my Thinline was nice. This Affinity Telecaster has completely changed my opinion of Squier - thank you! I even prefer the 1/4-inch thinner body, compared with the full-size Fender Telecaster. The Strat-style bridge give just a little big more shimmer to the tone - seems to add some class.

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      5.0

      Easy to play with great sound

      By J. Hammeron

      from Bellingham, Wahington

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        When l opened the box and lifted the guitar out , I was amazed by this beauty because it is more striking looking than the picture. Also a beauty to play because the action is low and the fretboard feels good in your hand. The only drawback is, if you have a weak back I would look for a lighter guitar, since it is a heavy piece of art. You can really rock out with this telecaster and it also sounds good mellow.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Incredible bargain

        By Guitarpaul

        from Washington State

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret ends can be pointy on a lot of them.

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Had to file the fret ends to make it playable, but it was well worth the time. I bought it to use as a travel guitar because the neck unbolts and I can throw it in my suitcase. It has wound up being my favorite because it is so comfortable and light. I take it to jam sessions every week. The tone is a little less complex than one with more expensive pickups, but it has the good tele bite we all love. Bottom line - either find one that doesn't have pointy fret ends or invest the less than twenty smackers in a StewMac fret end file and learn to do it yourself from the video.

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        4.0

        Great piece of wood

        By Ken10652

        from Columbia SC

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        I bought this because having always being a Gibson guy I thought the change would do me good. This is turning into a fantastic little project to get it to sound the way I want but its worth it. I added the B5 Bixby, new pickups, new controls and switch, a little teaking with the bridge and for all practical purposes I've got a Tele Standard, I LIKE IT! This plays fast, very comfortable fit to the hand and the weight is great. The factory electronics were for all intent poort easy to swap out and when you can this for the price they are asking you can certainly afford a few changes.

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        5.0

        GOT MY BLONDE!

        By Midwest Preacher

        from Middletown, OH

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        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 Special Electric Guitar:

          Purposely waited to review because I purchased the Squire Vintage Strat as well.

          Ordered this Squire Tele because this is the only way I could afford the Tele sound. Ordered the Musician's Gear Tweed case to go with it as well. Guitar was well packed for shipping - no damage inside or outside the boxes.

          I honestly cannot find anything to complain about with this guitar. Neck pickup is exceptional while the bridge pickup pushes that "twangy" Tele sound which, by the way, is great for that 'chicken pickin' style found in classic country music. Body is solid; even on the heavy side. Great player.

          Overall, I am very well pleased with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone that wants that Tele sound.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Joyful

          By Dennisio

          from Summerhill, PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No cons

          Best Uses

          • All-around winner
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I had one of these years ago. Had to have one again.

          I took a chance on a scratch and dent for a BIG discount, turned out well.

          The neck is narrow at the top, so a fat-finger like me will be playing rhythm. Pickups fit my ear with a combination of clean highs and crunchy lows. I didn't have to mess with amp settings long before I found the tones I like.

          I recently sold a Fender MIM telecaster, and the Squier is the better guitar. Yeah, I know, doesn't make sense!

          Rock on.

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          5.0

          This guity fast and smoothly.A graet guitar.

          By none

          from Florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            Very good guitar and very versatile in just about any type of music.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unbelievable value

            By Bruneau

            from Borrego Springs

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Frets need dressing

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

              A simply unbelievable value in a fine playing, good looking guitar

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              There are 2 different types of these beware !

              By Bassrich

              from Illinois

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Replaced The Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

              There are 2 different types of these beware ! the first on of these I got was in my opinion the one to stay away from as it had the smaller vintage frets and a plastic nut in the neck . I sent it back . The second one came with the amp in the starter pack . Its a great guitar and had a skunk stripe on the back of the neck with the proper sized frets as advertised . I replaced all the electronics as I do with any cheep guitar . Got bigger pots in it with a traditional 3 way switch and tele stacked Seymour Duncan pickups installed . No noise and it has that sweet tele spank to it all day long. Oh yess also the skunk stripe neck version that comes with the starter package and amp also has the string through body bridge . My ONLY complaint about this guitar is that the body is thinner than a standard Telecaster body should be . That is the reason I give this only 4 stars. I still have a brand new tele better than most out there and have a lot less than rapped up in it . And if I want to I can sell the amp and tuner I got in the package and cut my actual cost.

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