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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar  Butterscotch Blonde

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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 338 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (257)

  • 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 (47)
  • Good feel (47)
  • Good tone (39)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Jamming (42)
  • Practicing (42)
  • Small venues (29)
  • Recording (26)
  • Rock concerts (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), 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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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really? At that price?

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

Another review talks about how he hasn't played his expensive Les Paul since he bought this axe. So have I as a matter of fact! If you play country, blues or rock you should just buy this guitar. Its one of those secrets that one day will make it cost much more!
Its a tele, a very simple guitar and this is a great rendition of it.
I feel almost unpatriotic since this guitar was not made in America but when I went shopping for my Tele I played everyone in the store, including the American version and like this one the best. The quality is as good as any of the others I played.
Can I give it more than a 10? Like I said compared to all the other Tele's I played I actually prefered this one over the more expensive ones. Thats value!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Pcola buddy

from Pensacola Fl

About Me Experienced

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

I have never played a better guitar for the money. The tone control is amazingly versatile going from crazy treble to chunky bass giving almost a les paul sound. I own Gibsons and high end Fenders but nothing beats this for the price. Plays and sounds great! I didn't play it out much because I was almost ashamed playing a 'Squire" owning all the pricy guitars I have but you just cant beat it!

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier Affinity Series Butterscotch Special Telecaster

By Community User

from North California

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

My first tele, I've been playing guitar for 50+ years, and always was a strat man. Count me in as a convert. Squier really out did themselves with this model. I defy you to find a better tele for the same money.
Pickups are plenty hot, six saddle bridge intonates perfectly. The guitar finish is amazing. Stays in tune.
Best ever?? I think so.

(11 of 11 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.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Value

By BGoldtone

from Titusville,PA

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Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

After setting up the neck/action to my playing preferrence, I found this guitar to be more comfortable to play than most Fender Teles that I have played! Amazing. The frets were flawless, as was the neck. No weird uneven spots up or down the neck. Perfect! The only quibbles I had with this guitar was the fact that the strings load from the rear of the bridge plate instead of from the rear of the body like the classic Tele design. Therefore the sustain is not quite what it could be but it's barely noticible. Lastly the pick-ups tended to hum too much under adverse contitions, such as flourescent lights and other electrical interferrence. This is fairly normal for this type of pick-up, even "vintage" Fenders! But I solved that issue by replacing the pick-ups with Fender "noiseless" pick-ups. Problem solved! Even though I spend extra money upgrading the pick-ups this guitar is still an excellent value.
What can I say. This tele has all the attributes of a Fender, only at a much cheaper cost.
Fit and finish on my Squire Tele was near perfect. No complaints.
How can a guitar that plays and sounds this good right out of the box, cost so little??? To me that is value!

(10 of 10 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.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Its a steal with a little work

    By Guitar Dependant

    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.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for the price!

    By J.Piteo

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fast neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Action
    • Great tone all positions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I own a Fender Stratocaster and an Epiphone Les Paul & was looking for another area of tone. The tele gives you the bite & twang you need in country & hard rock, & also has a warm, smooth tone you want for blues & jazz. Did I mention it's light & has a real fast neck? Wow! There are plenty of higher-end beauties out there, but this guitar was hard to put down. I couldn't find anything wrong with this one, & you can't beat the price.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better than you think

      By Jared

      from San Francisco, CA

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Well made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        It's hard to judge a guitar this cheap because, how what can you really expect? It sounds a lot better than you think it will, and it's fun to play. It doesn't hold tune very well... I spent a tiny bit and put in better tuners. The saddles are annoying, because you have to fish the strings through. But the reality is, for a guitar this price, it sounds amazing. I bought it to leave at my practice space so I don't have to worry about a nice guitar being stolen... If you just need an extra guitar, don't think twice about it.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good buy for the price

        By SR37212

        from Nashville, TN

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        A lot of the previous reviews have mentioned the fret edges were rough. They were right, but using a small flat file gently, I had the edges smoothed in less than 5 minuets. There was also a very slight bow in the neck that an 1/8 th turn on the truss rod solved. Other than that the guitar was nicely set up. The action was nice and I didn't have to touch the bridge at all.There is one thing else. The neck is awfully white, but after a few coats of oil the color is beginning to mellow yellow.

        I bought the guitar to round out my colletion of guitars I use in my studio. It sounds like any of the other Tele's I've owned. It looks solidly built and I'd have no problem using it onstage.

        Overall, it does what any guitar is supposed to do. It plays well, it feels good and the electronics are solid. For the price you can't ask for anything else.

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