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Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde 

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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
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    $279.99
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  • Your Price:
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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 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.

Features
  • 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 318 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (242)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (26)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (10), 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.

VS

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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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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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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(5 of 5 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

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

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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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    (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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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mind blown. And for this price!??

    By Gidgey

    from The OC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Awesome Intonation
    • Cuts Through
    • Great sustain

    Cons

    • Plastic Parts
    • Some Sharp Saddle Screws

    Best Uses

    • Honestly Everything

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I've always wanted a Telecaster, and 10 guitars and 35 years later, I finally got one. Do I need more guitars? No, and not in this bad economy. So, I came across this Squire Affinity. BUT, everywhere I went online, I consistently read these rave reviews, and for such a low priced guitar. Could this be true?? With the easy return policy, I had nothing to lose.

    WOW. This sounds so crisp, and cuts through and shines whether playing clean or with distortion. And this baby growls and buzzes with clear distortion, and you can still hear every note picked through the haze (I can't really say that for a lot of my expensive guitars!? Notes get lost on them sometimes).

    And the intonation is AMAZING. What is this magic?? My Les Paul Standard has worse intonation than this guitar's perfect intonation! (I'm thinking I need to bring it in for an adjustment, STAT). I tune it, and each chord rings like a bell in perfect pitch, every string sounding in tune like a good guitar should. I still cannot believe I am talking about such a cheaply priced guitar!! My mind is seriously stunned with this guitar.

    Sure, I could have given one less star for the plastic parts, but it seems they put all the money into the more "important" aspects of this beauty. Sure, I would have gladly paid more to get everything in chrome, but that wasn't an option, and I can do that myself as a personal upgrade.

    Some of the tops of the screws in the saddle have sharp edges, but again, what do you expect for this price? The intonation and sounds are GOLDEN, and I can file down the edges or get it done somewhere. It's slight, but I rest my hand there and *sometimes* feel them. Not always, just sometimes.

    Always wanted a Butterscotch Blonde Telecaster, and this one is a deep, rich butterscotch color that is pretty to look at. Again, how for so cheap?

    Don't question it, buy one ASAP if you are considering it, because they may stop making this magical beast, and/or who knows maybe even raise the price and it would still be more than worth it.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Hot Rod Guitar!

    By Rich

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Neck And Body
    • Good Tone
    • Tuners Much Improved

    Cons

    • Nothing I Couldn't Fix

    Best Uses

    • Great Hod Rod To Fix Up
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric 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.

    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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