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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
  • 2 single-coils

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SquierAffinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 343 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (52)
  • Good feel (52)
  • Good tone (43)
  • Good pick up (29)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Jamming (46)
  • Practicing (46)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (28)
  • Rock concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), 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!

VS

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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(17 of 18 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!

(13 of 13 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.

(12 of 12 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.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Second review of an excellent instrument

    By Mountain Red

    from Half-a-mile from Tucson

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    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.

    (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

    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!

    (11 of 11 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.

    (11 of 11 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.

      (9 of 9 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.

        (9 of 9 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.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Guitar for the Money

        By Jimmy Everett

        from Illinois

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Got this guitar for Fathers Day. My wife pushed me into spending money but I didnt want to spend too much as I already have an early 90s model Les Paul that rocks. I was looking for a tele, mainly a semi hollow like the slim-line and stumbled onto this one. They had a sale running with a replacement plan as well where I can get a whole new guitar regardless of the problem since it was such a cheap guitar. I got that too. Since I have bought it, it sits with my Martin and I love it. I havent played the Les Paul in months but this thing cranks out the tone I need. For the money I didnt expect the quality and playability I got. It is way above the stage of guitar it is. I think I got lucky because I have played others that stunk but this particular one plays awesome, smooth and versatile. Go pay one and buy it if you need that tele twang and dont want to spend upwards of 600 or more.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        affinity tele #1 guitar

        By tweed pro

        from N.Y.

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Overall the only thing keeping this from being a perfect ten is like I said before the switch and this turned out to be a serious problem at a gig I played. I was about to go into a solo and switched to the bridge pickup and it decided to completely cut out. This was pretty bad because at the time I thought I blew a tube or a speaker in my blues jr., but it was not till later that evening that I figured out what the real problem was. Even with this very large problem I still give it a 9 because its easily fixable. Another thing that I would like to metion about the frets is that I know its advertised as having medium jumbos but to me there more like a cross between a vintage and med jumbo wire they are incredibly comfy to play on and is my favorite part of the neck.
        Well two pups,volume,tone,and a three way switch not much to see here. Its a tele plain and simple.
        This guitar has fantastic quality the only thing keeping this from a perfect ten is the fact that the switch is terrible I can promise you will have to replace it. The neck pocket was nice and tite,the fret work was impressive actually better than all my fenders I was vary surprised. The tuners are not the greatest but honestly it stays in tune better than my highway one strat so obvesly it does the job. The pickups are more than adequate I actually like them better than the ones in my mexi standard tele they are very clear sounding to my ears wether through solidstate or a tube amp. The only other thing I can say about the pups is that they don't handel lots of drive and distortion well they hum and feedback a lot in this instance but then again this is a tele not a high gain machine with active pickups.
        I don't think you can get a better tele for the money. I'm very happy with this guitar and I think its great if your a beginner or an advanced guitarist looking for a good cheap tele thats the real deal. I play in a country cover band and its more than satisfied my needs for a good tele I play it every day and have a hard time putting it down. For the price this little monster just can not be beat.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A big surprise....

        By Bob Cain

        from Kentucky

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Squier Affinity Telecaster Special

        I bought this guitar to use when recording because I sold my Strat and didn't have a single coil PU guitar in my arsenal anymore. I had read several reviews saying the neck was fine, etc. I figured I'd have to replace the pickups and probably the tuning keys then I'd have a pretty cool cheap Tele.
        Well, when it was delivered I took it out of the box and was really pleasantly surprised. Not only was the neck fine, the guitar looks great and plays really well. I was expecting cheap hardware (switches, knobs, etc) but it all feels solid and well made. I plugged it into my Fender Hot Rod DeVille to make sure everything was working and there was that Tele twang I remember so well. It was even very close to being in tune right out of the box. I'll probably lower the strings just a bit but that's it, otherwise it's ready to play.
        And did I mention it looks great?
        The only reason I didn't rate it higher on most of these scores is that I haven't had it long enough to now if it will hold up, but as for value, it's unbeatable. A guitar like this for this price is hard to believe.
        C'mon, it's a Tele. Two pickups and six strings.
        Initial impression is great, we'll see if it holds up.
        For the money it's a no brainer.

        (7 of 7 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.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is one amazing guitar

          By Jimmy L.

          from Washington DC

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          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!

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One Hot Blonde

            By LB17

            from Indiana

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            Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            Overall, this is an amazing guitar. I wish pride hadn't kept me away from Squier for so long. The looks and just sweet, sweet tone have humbled me. There's not really a feature I don't like. Even the 21 fret neck doesn't really bother me, it is limiting for solos, but it also pushes me to be more creative to make up for the lack of more frets. I really love the neck shape and its unfinished feel. So smooth and fast, yet great for chording and feels just right in my hands. It's just so cheap for such a great guitar. I'm thinking about buying another!
            To me, less is more. This is exactly what I like to see on my guitars. Simple bliss. Unfortunately, it only has 21 frets, so high flying solos are a little more limited. Not a big problem for me with my playing style, but worth mentioning for the shredders out there.
            Finish is beautiful, and all the parts seem like they'll last a while. No problems in the pots or excess pickup noise to speak of on the unit I bought. Mine was set up and intonated correctly before I purchased it.
            I've bought plenty of guitars in this price range that just are not as good as the Tele. I love this thing. At this price, I own a piece of history. It's not the American Tele, of course not. But it's not supposed to be either. It's price is low, but the quality and tone are excellent for this price range. I play it as much as my PRS! (And we all know how much those go for!)

            (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.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbelievable value

              By Bruneau

              from Borrego Springs

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              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

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You'll be surprised....

                By Strat Guy

                from Winchester, VA

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                  I picked this up on a trade. You're going to laugh - I traded a MIM stratocaster for this Squier telecaster plus a really nice boutique reverb pedal. So yes, I downgraded (theoretically) with the guitar, but I really wanted that reverb pedal. Anyway, the reason I said "theoretically" was because honestly, I did not notice any discernible difference in playability or quality between instruments. I'm sure the hardware on the Squier is cheaper, but think about it - this guitar has metal knobs and strats have plastic. So, whatever. The nut is plastic, and I'll probably replace that. The bridge pickup is pretty decent, although I did notice a slight amount of muddiness on the low notes when using overdrive. The neck pickup is useless, which I understand is normal for telecasters. Dull, weak, with no clarity. Overall, this is a very good instrument that with a few inexpensive upgrades could be made into a great instrument. I'd say that it's very close in quality to the Fender MIM line. The finish is simply awesome! Of course it has the horrible pale maple neck that Fender has been using on these and their MIM guitars, but I can tell you from experience that these awful-looking necks WILL age over time with exposure to sunlight. Nothing about this instrument looks cheap, except for the Squier logo on the headstock. Ugh... hate to sound like a snob, but it's really unsightly. That's ok... I own sandpaper....

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar for the price!

                  By George

                  from North Carolina

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                  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:

                    Just for the record, I've been playing guitar since I was 13. I'm now 61, and I'll keep doing it til I get it right lol!
                    The pictures do not do this guitar justice. It looks beautiful, it sounds beautiful, it plays beautiful. Out of the box (As they say) I knew I had made a good choice. I did a set up, lowered strings and set intonation, and it all came together. The only thing I would complain about is that the frets had slag that had not been cleaned off. Someone in another review said it felt like playing a hack saw. I didn't think it was that bad, but I took a diamond file (Mini file) and cleaned the fret ends myself. It came out great! Feels smooth as silk. Another thing that might bother some people is that the strings are strung through the bridge, not through the body. My overall opinion though is, don't waste your money on the higher priced stuff unless you've got money to waste. This guitar sounds just as good as several Mexican Standards I played at Guitar Center, and at less than half the price!

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