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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde 

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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 320 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (244)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (28)
  • Small venues (21)
  • Recording (18)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), 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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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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    5.0

    Don't miss out on this one.

    By Gadget

    from Fanning Springs, Florida

    About Me Experienced

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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 3 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

      About Me Professional Musician

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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

      Ask me a question

      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

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The bridge pick up is the seller

        By MadCarlD

        from Louisville

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        As a poor musician I know my way around squire guitars. I've also owned a couple made in Mexico fenders. After playing this I just got rid of my squire strat cause the pickups fail to live up. The secret is the bridge pickup. While the neck pickup is just average with a flick of a switch the tone comes alive and this guitar really wails. Is it better than a real fender? No way but for the price it's an awesome starter and a very trusty back up. Treat yourself.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        More than I expected

        By JimmyJames

        from Canal Fulton Ohio

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Gig Bagmaybe

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        I wasn't expecting a whole lot but when I opened the box pulled out the guitar and plugged it in I was pleasantly surprised. The action was solid and the sound was great playing through my fender frontman.
        For the money you can't go wrong.

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