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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
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Awesome take on the Tele

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...Read complete review

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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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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(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.

(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!

(4 of 4 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.

    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Squire j5

    By MrBrownstone

    from New York

    Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Squier Ever

    By macdad159-zzzwM

    from Afghanistan

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    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb!

    By Rex Harmon

    from KY

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    Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Wow! Thats all I can say after playing this guitar several times. This guitar is truly something extraordinary to hear and play. The construction is top notch and the pickup combination is sublime. The neck and frets are flawless and the satin finish on the back of the neck feels great giving it an organic feel thats very smooth and playable. The frets are very well dressed with no snags and the quality of the rosewood fretboard is very high and has none of the dry brittle feel of rosewood boards on most guitars in this price range (and adds a beautiful warm tonality to the tele sound). The ceramic magnet bridge humbucker blew me away. On a clean setting it has all the snap and twang you expect from a tele except it is extremely articulate with virtually no hum, every nuance comes through with microscopic precision without being so overtly hot as to force any unwanted break-up in your clean tone. The alnico magnet bridge pick-up is very much in proportion to the bridge in volume and tone. The neck pickup in a clean setting is capable of doing anything with ease. Blues and jazz spring forth with amazing clarity and warmth with just the perfect amount of subtle snap that I defy anyone to squeeze out of any gibson guitar in the bridge position. As far a rock tone goes except no substitutes! The bridge pickup can take even the mildest of amplifiers and make it roar like a savage animal. I plugged directly into a fender blues jr. turned up the preamp all the way and this guitar made it roar with marshall like authority! Through a hot rod deluxe this guitar will melt faces, god knows what it would do to a marshall, mesa, or orange! Most importantly, the bridge pickup maintains a ridiculous amount of clarity and definition through even the nastiest of high gain settings. Do not fool yourself into writing this guitar off as a heavy metal guitar because of its endorsement by John 5. Much like the man himself this guitar is capable of dishing out anything. I've never experienced a more truly versatile and infectiously playable guitar in my life. I don't know whats going on with Squier nowadays but their putting out some game changing guitars with this j5 and their top-notch classic vibe series. This guitar puts american/mexican tele's to absolute shame. I am truly shocked something this exceptional could cost well below a grand or two!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By wyldeatheart

    from Niobrara NE

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    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

    By Freakshow Creeper

    from NOR*CAL

    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sonic reducer John 5 tele is a blast!

    By RockerX

    from New York

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    Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This is a great telecaster no matter what the headstock has on it but it sure is not your average squier and it kills my made in mexico standard tele. It lives in a squier world of its own mabey the new squier world its a top shelf tele that is so versatile that you can cover metal,punk, classic rock and get a tele twang out of it. the neck profile is sweet and wider than a standard tele neck fast playing and smooth fretwork. I love that you can split the humbuckers up and play one at a time I also dig that one is alnico and the other creamic best of both worlds and yes the stock pups are great on this guitar no need to swap them out. I love this guitar!Thanks squier and John 5!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    no I own one

    By bud

    from northfield Mass

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        love it ,do agree with a fellow purchaser, there is some bleed through when pick-ups are off, I noted he said to take the green and red leads and resoder them from the first post to middle ,,I may , but feel this should have been done at the factory

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wasn't let down

        By f13metal

        from searcy ,ar

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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

          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This guitar rocks!

          By Rockon

          from Massachusetts

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          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.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Feel & Tone

            By Rockon

            from Massachusetts

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            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.

            (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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Super-Versitile Tele

            By x_bruce-54QW9

            from Chicago, IL

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            Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            The J5 is unlike most Telecasters. Check out John 5's discussion about this particular model and why he chose going with the Squire name.It took a couple of days to tweak to my desires, but my hands are messed up due to m.s. and putting 008-042s might seem a bad choice. It isn't, as the Tele is about as old as you get for solidbody guitars.Differences: Individual string bridge. Similar to a fixed Stratocaster bridge. Excellent for minute adjustments, though I've not needed them even with a string gauge change.Tuners are similar to the original J5. They are probably a good candidate for changeing as they wobble quite a bit. Locking sperzles would be my pick, but Gotoh would be a nice 2nd choice. Meanwhile, the tuners function fine, so there's nothing to worry about.Pickups: the neck p/u is a ceramic and has a great depth of sound, but played loud is where they really shine. Note: don't expect twang on the J5. It has many qualities at various volume and distortion levels, but it is not traditional like single coil pickup models. The neck p/u is nicely rounded with a warm sound, making the middle position (both pickups on) the most depth sonically. The PAF 5 configuration is quite nice for that loud, darker sound. Also, you'll find more traditional Tele sounds, sans twang. The great thing about these p/u's is you don't need to change them. They sound really good, way beyond anything anticipated in this price-range.Build Quality: put a Fender decal and people would spend a lot more money just for the name.That isn't saying there isn't room for improvements, but they can easily be done as you can afford it; another issue John 5 discusses on interviews.The thin-"C" shape neck is super playable. You can play any kind of music on this guitar. I'd probably change pickups, but only because I have certain preferences that this guitar could only exploit, much as it does with the factory spec setup.Conclusion:You get a fine guitar out of the box. It's fun to play and brings new ideas to the Telecaster namesake.The stock pickups have such fine balance and sonic capability that it's seriously something new for the Telecaster.You'll be able to shred, but a notch or two down you'll get a different sound, particularly in crunchy sounding mode. It sounds like a Fender axe throughout which is nice in a sea of me-too humbucker guitars.One suggestion or retrofit I'd appreciate would be a split coil setup for the pickups. Retrofitting them with Duncans or the like would do the trick.

             
            4.0

            Almost Perfect

            By Scott

            from Fargo, ND

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              This is a beautiful guitar and for the price it can't be beat. Just like some other reviews however the selector switch was broke right out of the box. How can you pass qc with a broken switch, unless it broke in shipping. Oh well, you will need to replace it sooner or later anyway. The stock pickups are good but I put in some Dimarzio super distortions and now it rocks. Great for the price, and some room for upgrades can make it almost perfect.

               
              5.0

              More Than Expected

              By HogRydr

              from South Carolina

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • School Bands

              Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Replace the stock pickups with a Phat Cat in the neck and a SH-4 in the bridge and you are well on your way to having a great, affordable guitar.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Don't be fooled by the Squier name

              By Faron

              from Austin, Tx

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              Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Alright, getting to the point, this guitar freaking rocks. Bottom line, buck for buck this is a stage ready take no prisoners guitar. Now, that's off my chest I can tell you why this guitar should be in your arsenal no matter what level guitarist you are. The guitar is built like a tank and oozes tone, even with the over wound bridge pickup. The rosewood neck is very playable. Granted not like my American Deluxe Telecaster but for the price it is amazing. The double bound body is flawless and has lots of tone. My ONLY complaint on the guitar is the bridge pickup. I am changing mine out for a humbucker that will clean up and allow me to punch it when need be. I don't get the Squier connection but I am not going to complain. Ok, here is where I am suppose to say I have every guitar under the sun to prove how good this guitar is. I do have some cherry pieces but what the heck does that mean. Do yourself a favor and check this puppy out. I think you will be extremely surprised how good this guitar is.

               
              5.0

              The best Squire yet

              By triggz

              from MO

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              Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I have recent experiences of Squire guitars before in the mid 90's. The cheaper one's back then were made in Mexico but, with good quality, craftsmanship, materials, & sound which were very close to real Fenders, yet, this is one of them. This beauty is a complete stand out, a tone machine. Despite it's made in China but looks & feels real close to Mexican made.The j5 guitar is very versatile & can play enough fast shreds thanks to the 12" radius neck, it offers smooth action. I have no plans replacing the pickups.. yet, but I noticed it's too hot for my liking, besides this problem is just an easy fix. I thought fender made this one really special. P.S. It is almost as the same concept as my imagined dream guitar. If only this comes in a black flame maple finish with a floyd rose on it! it'll be sick!

               
              5.0

              Very Impressed

              By guitarman-s

              from Texas

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              Comments about Squier J5 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Like a lot of people, my first guitar was a Squier and I was a little skeptical about this guitar because of the brand. It got good reviews, so I gave it a shot. I'm very happy I did, because this guitar is killer!I wanted a double humbucker telecaster, but I wasn't happy with my '72 Deluxe reissue. Personally I think the Squier J5 is a better guitar point-for-point. The neck is great, there are no sharp frets off the bottom of the fretboard, and I like the stock pickups pretty well. And unlike the Telecaster Deluxe, the bridge isn't too wide for the neck, so the high E isn't falling off the neck.I love to shred, but I also play a lot of clean stuff and this guitar handles both very well. If you're wary of the Squier name like I was, I'd encourage you to go for it. I'm very happy I got this guitar and vastly prefer it over the much more expensive Telecaster Deluxe.

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