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Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar Black 

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John 5 takes the Telecaster places no one else has gone before, and the Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar is a double-bound beauty based on the fr...Read More

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A signature model designed by a bonafide Tele freak!

John 5 takes the Telecaster places no one else has gone before, and the Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar is a double-bound beauty based on the frequently modified workhorse of a Telecaster guitar pieced together for him by the folks at the Fender Custom Shop. The Squire J5 guitar has John 5's distinctive black and chrome look—an alder body finished in gloss black, 22-fret maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and black painted headstock, a striking polished stainless steel pickguard, and chrome hardware. The guitar's custom-designed humbucking pickups are operated via a unique dual volume set up with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup in the back position. John 5 prefers this setup as he spends a majority of time giving the bridge pickup a workout. Using rapid movement of the 3-way toggle between positions, you can get that signature "kill" effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.

FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: 1-piece maple, '60s C-shaped (gloss polyester finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12" radius (305 mm)
  • Number of frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.65" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Die-cast
  • Bridge: Tele 6-saddle for humbucking pickup saddles
  • Pickguard: Polished stainless steel
  • Pickups: Custom Alnico II humbucking (neck), Custom ceramic magnet humbucking (bridge)
  • Controls: Volume, Volume
  • Pickup switching: 3-position toggle:
  • Position 1. Bridge pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and neck pickups
  • Position 3. Neck pickup
  • Strings: Fender Super 250l, Nickel Plated Steel (.009 To .042
  • Unique features:
  • Matching black painted headstock
  • Bound top and back
  • Toggle switch mounted on upper bout
  • Stainless steel pickguard
  • Chrome switch tip
  • No jack flat spot on body perimeter
  • Dot Position Inlays
  • Silver Squier Logo
  • Synthetic bone nut

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SquierJ5 Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing bargain for the price!

    I may be a bit biased as I'm a fan of John 5 but could only wish to afford the Fender John 5 signature guitars. When I heard this was coming out I was...Read complete review

    I may be a bit biased as I'm a fan of John 5 but could only wish to afford the Fender John 5 signature guitars. When I heard this was coming out I was psyched but was skeptical about how good of a guitar I could get for the price. When I finally got my hands on one I was blown away! It far exceeded my expectations as far as the appearance and playability. It gets more compliments than any of my other guitars, even the ones that are more expensive. Everyone who has played it is impressed that I was able to get this sweet of a guitar for such a great price!

    I have to give it top marks for looks, quality and playability. The only thing I will ever do with this is maybe upgrade the pickups. But otherwise there's not a thing I'd change. Nice tone and works for all the styles I like to play.
    This is an impressive looking guitar, it looks and feels like a much more expensive instrument!
    Fit and finish are great! Humbuckers are pretty decent for stock.
    You'd be hard pressed to find a better looking or playing guitar for this price!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Squire j5

    I purchased that after reading the reviews on line here.Out of the box I was very impressed heavy (needed a set up so very badly) nice neck feel action was clean (no buzz)...Read complete review

    I purchased that after reading the reviews on line here.Out of the box I was very impressed heavy (needed a set up so very badly) nice neck feel action was clean (no buzz) when lowered to a reasonable height so the frets were reasonably level. A quick polish also helped.Plugged in I was dissapointed right away. The bridge pickup howeled like crazy with any gain. Also the pickups are miss wired and the schematic from the squire site also shows them soldered in wrong so they can not be turned off to do the kill effect. I moved the hot to pole one and hot to jack to the middle sweper position allowing the sweeper to ground correctly and the controls work perfectly now. I replaced the pickup to find the hum was not the pickup but the bridge plate did not sit against the bidy and vibrated causing feedback. There are only screws at the end allowing it to freely vibrate. I backed it with a slim rubber shim to stop this and installed the stock pickup (good pickup like a super Distortion) stock pickups were very nice.So with a litte more effort this would be the steal of the century !! The body double binding is fantastic and the neck feel is a dream. I contacted Fender/Squire over a week ago about the schematic and wiring mistake on these and they never returned my inquiry.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome take on the Tele

    By Will94

    from Columbia, MO

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've spent the last couple of years collecting Telecasters. I just love the sleek body style and the huge amount of variety out there. I've got teles with single coil pickups of varying output/power, and I've got a really cool G&L ASAT (tele) with HUGE single coil pickups that look like P90s (but aren't).

      I bought this guitar because I wanted a tele with two humbuckers that was alder instead of mahogany. Mahogany is too heavy for my tastes, and those teles tend to have huge neck radiuses (I have small hands). It came down to this guitar versus a MiM Fender Blacktop. That guitar has a 9.5" neck radius, but this guitar just looked cooler. The 12" neck feels great, BTW. Almost exactly like the 'slim taper' neck on my Epiphone Les Paul. I never thought that I would play a Squire that felt this good!

      The lack of a tone knob is turning out to be somewhat maddening for me. The bridge pickup is nice except that it has too much treble, increasingly so as you go up in tone. The neck pickup is mud when I play chords but my leads sound better on this pickup because of the excess treble on the other one. Both pickups have a lot of gain and the bridge pickup would be quite usable with a tone knob. I will probably eventually replace them with something from Seymour Duncan (SH-4 [bridge] and '59 [neck], maybe?).

      The setup looks great out of the box, BTW. I am still going to take it to get setup and ask the guy if he can arrange the knobs in the typical Telecaster setup... This is one of five teles that I own, and my amp settings work well with the other four.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wasn't let down

      By f13metal

      from searcy ,ar

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I've played the j5 squire new and used and either way it's one of the best guitars I've ever played. Great sound ,and very comfortable neck. Really surprised at how many styles you can play with this guitar. Rock ,Metal ,Country it doesn't matter. Great for practice and concerts.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar rocks!

        By Rockon

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Novice

        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 J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          After two years of playing this guitar every day, I can say that I still love playing it and it still looks great. The pups really rock with a good amp. Played thru Marshall stack and Line 6 amps at times.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Couldn't have asked for anything better!

          By Community User

          from Minnesota

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I couldn't have asked for anything better as a guitar. Telecasters have always been a good guitar for any type of music, but the J5 version just makes it that much more well rounded.
          Features are exactly what you need for a guitar, The medium jumbo frets make sliding fret to fret glide like nothing is there. It stays in tune and really does what ever you ask for it.
          Best guitar I've ever played, and that's no joke.
          For this price you're crazy not to buy it.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing bargain for the price!

          By Steven Nelson

          from East Central, IL

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I may be a bit biased as I'm a fan of John 5 but could only wish to afford the Fender John 5 signature guitars. When I heard this was coming out I was psyched but was skeptical about how good of a guitar I could get for the price. When I finally got my hands on one I was blown away! It far exceeded my expectations as far as the appearance and playability. It gets more compliments than any of my other guitars, even the ones that are more expensive. Everyone who has played it is impressed that I was able to get this sweet of a guitar for such a great price!

          I have to give it top marks for looks, quality and playability. The only thing I will ever do with this is maybe upgrade the pickups. But otherwise there's not a thing I'd change. Nice tone and works for all the styles I like to play.
          This is an impressive looking guitar, it looks and feels like a much more expensive instrument!
          Fit and finish are great! Humbuckers are pretty decent for stock.
          You'd be hard pressed to find a better looking or playing guitar for this price!

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Best Squier Ever

          By macdad159-zzzwM

          from Afghanistan

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I have several Fender Telecasters and for a Squier this is up there with some of the Mexican Fenders that are coming out. Best Squier that money can buy and best Squier they have ever made! I am a deployed Soldier so you know I am not going to lug my good teles around so I bought the John 5 Squier from musiciansfriend and didn't have any expectations that it was going to be a good guitar. I just wanted something to play. When I recieved the guitar I was blown away buy the overall looks, sound, how it feels. The fret board is absolutely amazing even though that there are some rough frets here and there I can work with that for the price. The pick ups are not to shabby though I do like tone controls this suits me just fine. This is by far the best Squier they have ever made. I hope Squier starts getting better with their craftsmanship like Epiphone has over the years because this John 5 tele is worth more than what they are selling it for.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good bang for the Buck

          By Skaklepants333

          from Kansas City

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I just got my J5 tele today. Straight out of the box, once i tuned it, it played great. The set up is pretty much dead on. It's a solid guitar from what i can tell so far. Heavier than i expected,but that's a good thing for me.Only thing,the plastic they used to cover the pups during shipping left a waxy residue. other than that, great so far.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Feel & Tone

          By Rockon

          from Massachusetts

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          As a relatively new guitar player, I didn't want to invest in an expensive instrument, but still wanted something descent. I purchased the J5 because I liked the features (especially the toggle placement). The beauty of this instrument is a knockout. I was very pleased with the playability and tone. It also stays in tune very well.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Not an exact replica of my Fender J5 Telecaster, but plays pretty damn close to the real deal. Fender made a spot on replica of the real J5! I have 8 Fenders and I find myself playing the Squire J5 more often than not. Out of the box, no adjustments to date. Would buy again and recommend to best friends!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review

          By wyldeatheart

          from Niobrara NE

          Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Ive recently played this J5 model yesterday in a Guitar store somewhere out here in the middle of nowhere, Ive been looking at this model for quite sometime now and Id have to say its well worth its price. Everything is built solid, the body is very heavy, I guess its what you would compare the weight of a Les Paul??? I wouldnt know I dont own one but I have owned a Tele and this is everything I would have wanted a tele to be! The looks and the Black and Chrome just make this beast even look more wicked. Plus the 2 humbucker pickups and the toggle switch with two volume controls to get the killswitch effect. I would like to play the other models in Fender to compare all three, but this Squier plays and feels top of the line!

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