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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar 

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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 336 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (255)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (45)
  • Good feel (45)
  • Good tone (37)
  • Good pick up (26)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (40)
  • Small venues (28)
  • Recording (25)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (15), Novice (6)

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

 

Junk

OK, I know that squier produces some lemons. I read the reviews of this quitar and the majority are stellar so I ordered one. The first one I ordered had a warped neck,...Read complete review

OK, I know that squier produces some lemons. I read the reviews of this quitar and the majority are stellar so I ordered one. The first one I ordered had a warped neck, I had this verified by the luthier. So I sent it back and got another one, this time the fret job was so poor that it created fret buzzin in multiple places on the fret board, regardless of how high you set the action. The second time around I got my money back. The guitar looks beutiful, especially at this price and the electronics sound good. The single most important thing is playability and that is where it desperately lacked. Maybe you'll get lucky and yours will be fine. I ordered 2 and both had neck-related problems, so be prepared.

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4.0

excellent value!

By Dang!

from NJ

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • music

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is an incredible value. Is it as good as my baja tele? Of course not! But it's still an excellent guitar that is a fantastic value. It's absolutely beautiful looking, and sounds very good. I upgraded the bridge and the pups, as an experiment, but that really wasn't even necessary. It sounded good as is. The only issue was the fret ends were protruding and I had a tech smooth them. Otherwise I'd have given it a 5 star rating. If you want a tele for low money, this is an excellent deal.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Tele for the price

    By Guitarl

    from Baltimore, MD.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I love the feel of the neck on this guitar. No sticky gloss finish just natural smooth wood. The frets were sharp on the edges so I filed them down as soon as I got the guitar. Problem solved. I used this ax at my gig and loved it. Stays in tune better than some of my more expensive guitars. Maybe does not sound as good as a Fender Tele but for a fraction of the price it's hard to tell the difference. I was torn between this and the CV squire. This guitar is alot lighter so that's why I went with this one. And it looks awesome.

       
      5.0

      Beautiful guitar. Frets and neck perfect out of the box.

      By Q

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Jamming with friends.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great out of the box, very impressed.

        By Waking The Electric

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I record music at home and played original music in bands 20 years ago. I cant find anything wrong with this. The pickups are not noisy and have a wide range of tones. The build quality is excellent and no flaws on the guitar or neck. I have owned an American Strat and this is is the same league. If it didn't say "squier" on the neck it could be confused with the higher priced versions. I prefer American and Japanese made instruments, but this guitar is not a compromise or just a beginners guitar.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Incredible bargain

                By Guitarpaul

                from Washington State

                About Me Experienced

                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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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