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The distinctive, hot tones of the original solidbody for a great low price.

Upgraded throughout, the Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar features a fast-action neck profile modeled on a late '60s Tele. A hot single-coil pickup in the bridge position provides all the bite you want for stinging leads. In the neck position, a chrome-covered single-coil provides clear, sweet Tele tone. Agathis body and maple neck with a rosewood fretboard adorn this Squier Standard Telecaster.

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SquierStandard Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 129 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What's not to like?

This is my second Squier Tele. My first one is (still got it) a limited edition "Obey" model with artsy graphics which is why I bought it in the first...Read complete review

This is my second Squier Tele. My first one is (still got it) a limited edition "Obey" model with artsy graphics which is why I bought it in the first place. Turned out to be a real nice acquisition. However, it has a Strat PUP in the neck position and a humbucker at the bridge so it doesn't really have that classic "Tele Twang". My current gig is a band that does a fare amount of classic country and I wanted that "chicken, pickin'" tone. I'm also partial to rosewood fret boards on Fender necks. Based on some of the reviews I read I was expecting to have to replace the pickups, have the frets planed and polished, and any one of a number of any others "repairs" done before I could use the thing. "Surprise, surprise" my amigos. This puppy delivered on every aspect. Classic Tele tone in all positions. Extremely nice finish. (Not typical of other Fenders I've owned) It is precisely what I hoped for and, let's face it, exactly what Leo had in mind when he built the original Tele's (Esquires) in the first place. Cheap, good little guitars. The frets are somewhat sharp edged but that has improved in a short span so I see no reason for that trend to change. It did require some set up out of the box. (Truss rod wasn't under any load and it showed in the slight bow in the neck.) Instantly corrected. The string height was a little on the high side, some set screw spinning took care of that. Now the action is as nice as any of my other guitars. (Gibsons, Epiphones and Fenders.) Overall, I couldn't be more satisfied especially considering we're talking about a guitar that's as affordable as it can get. Looks good, plays good and sounds good. All in all, a real nice buy.

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I tried to like this Tele!

Just ordered one of these in Vintage Blonde, just to have around since I've been without a Telecaster since the 1980's, and these seemed to have a good reputation. First let me...Read complete review

Just ordered one of these in Vintage Blonde, just to have around since I've been without a Telecaster since the 1980's, and these seemed to have a good reputation. First let me say that the color in the pic shown isn't even close, so you should expect the lighter, creamy-yellow (like the old 60's Tele's had). Not a big deal, but just sayin'. Also, I noticed some black soot-like dirt on the neck pickup film, and underneath the Squire sticker which was attached to the pickguard film - - just looked and felt dirty here and there, and it was in it's original UNSEALED factory box - - hmmm??? Strange, indeed.

The most dramatic thing I noticed when unpacking this guitar was it's weight, or should I say lack of it. Light as a feather, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but since I'm used to the basswood body weight of around 7.5 lbs., this thing couldn't have weighed 5 lbs. soaking wet, and to me that really makes it easy to play with a strap and all that, but at the same time the sustain and "solid" tele feel wasn't there, and it actually felt "cheap". The frets also had a very sharp bevel on their edges, not sticking out, but just sharp on the top of the bevel, almost to the point of cutting my fingers. This I could ease with a file and emory cloth, as this is not uncommon but it was still questionable how it got though "inspection" like this.

Oh well, on to the set up. The finish was great, and tuners seemed substantial, so did the electronics and hardware (at first). I proceeded to do a complete setup (which I do to all my guitars automatically)and adjusted the truss rod just a bit. Still, a very slight hump near the body/neck joint, but I felt I could live with that. Then I set the individual string heights at the bridge and then the intonation, as I've done hundreds of times over the years. All was fine until I got to the 6th string, and while I was lowering the height, the bridge saddle piece just fell over sideways. The outer set screw hole was totally stripped, obviously drilled out too big to start with, and how this got out of the factory is beyond me. So, I had to prop up the saddle with a hex nut and it stayed upright enough to get the intonation set, and I figured that I could just replace this saddle piece instead of sending the guitar back for this one defect.

That's where the story gets nasty. Tuned it up and hooked it to my amp (after raising both pickups closer to the strings, just in case) and to say that I was disappointed in the volume and tone is an understatement. Wide open, these pups were anemic at best, not even close to my old Squire '51's stock pups which are pretty darn hot. My 51's are at the same volume at around half way compared to this Standard Tele wide open!
Don't know if I just got a bad cap or weak pups or what, but in the end I relented and sent this guitar back. Too bad, it was a good-looking guitar, but so is my Squire '51, and it was less than half the cost brand new. Just too many things not right here, and I felt it just wasn't worth it, even for this money.

Lots of stuff I'll overlook on new guitars, but I can't recommend this model. Maybe I got a bad one, granted, but it sure doesn't say much for QC at Squire. MF was super nice and handled all my return details, so couldn't be happier with their service on this one. I still think Squire makes one heck of a decent guitar, especially if you plan on modifying one to your own personal tastes, so my search goes on. I've got the Squire Vintage Modified Special Tele in Butterscotch on the way, so we'll update you guys on that one. I really wanted this Standard Tele to work out, but it just was not to be. I think the VM Tele Special is more what I expect a tele to be, and hopefully it will be "right".

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I really like it

By USA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I wish I knew a long time ago about the "Standard" Squire models. solid wood body, alnico pick ups. What's not to like. The one I got had a neck that was perfect, true and straight, the frets were set well (I am aware of the complaints about the frets but I didn't run into that. And surprisingly I like the modern bridge that is on this telecaster model, sounds good, the pickups ring like bells. Over all I really like this Tele standard Squire, Its a steal for the money.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Beginner guitar

    By Bert

    from Evans, Ga

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought this because one reviewer said his weighed 5 Pounds. I doubted that with the agathis body they have and my doubts were justified. It's heavy as hades. Fret board bearly covers the strings and they will slide off the end of the neck. Not wide enough at bottom on the fret board. I like the color? Typical dread naught heavy guitar from Indoneisa. Must weigh 11-12 pounds. It's a guitar for those who don't have one and otherwise would never had one. This is probably the 30th guitar I've bought from MF over the last 30 years so it's no reflection them. There's probably some of these sold that weigh less and play better. Giving it to a relative who'll love it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Setup with Locking Tuners and you're good to go

        By Paint it Blonde

        from VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Is this an American Standard Telecaster? No, but for the money it's an outstanding instrument. I paid for a setup and removed and replaced the tuners with locking tuners and it plays great now and stays in tune considerably better. We did have to drill additional holes to get the locking tuners to fit, but it was not hard to do. Great buy but be prepared to setup the guitar and replace the tuners. Play it through a mic'd super champ at church and it sounds like a Tele. Get the blonde with the rosewoood fretboard. Very cool guitar.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome guitar. Don't need to pay for a name

          By musicguy

          from Springfield Missouri

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I wanted a Telecaster for it's distinct tones. Limited budget so the Classic Vibe was more than I could afford. For some songs I'll use another guitar but for a Tele sound this one is fantastic. A person can always upgrade hardware if wanted but I only replaced the nut with tusq. I like the 22 fret neck. it's small dimension takes some getting used to so those with huge hands may not like it as well, especially first few frets. I think the tones are great and have yet to find any better this style. Mine was a Rolling Rocks beer version so I refinished it.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Back to the future!

            By ivlash62

            from Milan, Italy

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • good neck
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • very light

            Cons

            • the neck pick up, could be a little muddy

            Best Uses

            • blues
            • Jamming
            • Small Venues
            • soul, funky concerts

            Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I have had many tellies, but if you want a cheap, but no non sense one, this is you deal. Easy, fast, and good resonant.
            In my case I don't like in particular the neck p.up, if you close the tone, it plays a bit muddy, and not so clear and jazzy.
            But for the rest, is done better of many American Telecasters, and for a fraction of their prices,
            I don't care anymore, what is written on the top of the neck, I care the sound, the practicity and the playbility. This is a great mule.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Blues rock Hillbilly Beast!

            By Johnny Roxx

            from Ravenna Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

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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
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              This Guitar is for the money is a Rock, Blues, Hillbilly beast!!! Tone is Fantastic for this style of playing! Rock it through a Marshall and you'll see!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for what it is!

              By James E Barr

              from Saint Helena Island, SC

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              For the, this is incredible. I played a tele in the 60-70s among other guitars, mostly Gibson stereos and byrdlands and I had fond memories. Now I play mainly nylon but wanted this record. It is quiet all around. Setup was excellent but that is by chance. Not a true fender but just as fun and useful in a different way. Very good buy but easy to upgrade with lots of options online. I have and use 11 guitars at least once each month play 3-4 times a week solo nylon, all my nylons are handmade luthier guitars. This tele cost a fraction of those, but just as fun to play. FYI I was a NYC studio musician for 16 years.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice guitar overall

              By GTOdaddy73

              from Anchorage

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              Pros

              • Finish
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Poor Set-up
              • Weak Tuners

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I've owned a Black/Chrome Standard for about 2 years now. I play mainly blues, classic rock and old school metal and run all my guitars through a Marshall MG Mini Stack with a Epiphone Valve Junior Head and a Digitech RP 255.

              Bought this Tele as a holiday impulse buy and was happy with the fit and finish but the setup and intonation was off and the tuning keys were loose. After an initial setup it played fine though. I was a little disappointed by the sound at first but decided not to change anything until I got my new amp. That, for me, made a huge improvement in the sound of this guitar.

              After the original strings were done I changed them to my usual EB Power Slinky, this seemed to have a poor effect on the original tuners' ability to stay in tune through a jam as it would go flat after about an hour or so but I added a set of Sperzels and problem solved.

              This guitar overall has been a trooper, the finish stands up to being bumped into, the neck has held up well and had only got faster overtime, and after the initial setup and eventual tuner change (after about a year and the originals had no problems until I changed to thicker strings) I can just pick and play this guitar when ever I want and it seems to be a favorite of my friends to play around with while jamming.

              (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What's not to like?

              By Walshlaird

              from Detroit MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Un-fender Like Hi Gloss F

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Classic Country Pickin
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                This is my second Squier Tele. My first one is (still got it) a limited edition "Obey" model with artsy graphics which is why I bought it in the first place. Turned out to be a real nice acquisition. However, it has a Strat PUP in the neck position and a humbucker at the bridge so it doesn't really have that classic "Tele Twang". My current gig is a band that does a fare amount of classic country and I wanted that "chicken, pickin'" tone. I'm also partial to rosewood fret boards on Fender necks. Based on some of the reviews I read I was expecting to have to replace the pickups, have the frets planed and polished, and any one of a number of any others "repairs" done before I could use the thing. "Surprise, surprise" my amigos. This puppy delivered on every aspect. Classic Tele tone in all positions. Extremely nice finish. (Not typical of other Fenders I've owned) It is precisely what I hoped for and, let's face it, exactly what Leo had in mind when he built the original Tele's (Esquires) in the first place. Cheap, good little guitars. The frets are somewhat sharp edged but that has improved in a short span so I see no reason for that trend to change. It did require some set up out of the box. (Truss rod wasn't under any load and it showed in the slight bow in the neck.) Instantly corrected. The string height was a little on the high side, some set screw spinning took care of that. Now the action is as nice as any of my other guitars. (Gibsons, Epiphones and Fenders.) Overall, I couldn't be more satisfied especially considering we're talking about a guitar that's as affordable as it can get. Looks good, plays good and sounds good. All in all, a real nice buy.

                (18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A very good deal.

                By Musicman

                from Sacramento

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • All venues

                Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                This is a good deal. Despite all of the picky, obsessive details in other reviews, this guitar simply is a good deal. Of course a new guitar requires a setup by a luthier, so what! Even expensive guitars frequently need this work, out of the box. This guitar rocks (or in my case jazzes.) The workmanship is very good, the pickups are alnico (and very good sounding), the action (even out of the box) is decent. I've used this guitar on gigs (restaurants, wineries, clubs, etc.)and it can hold its own against much more expensive (cork sniffer) guitars. Don't listen to the naysayers. These are a good value, and capable of professional level playing. The only thing that I will say about improvements, is that, single coil pickups do buzz, period. If you don't like that characteristic, put in an aftermarket noise cancelling pickup (I did), and you will be satisfied. We need less cork sniffing, and more giging musicians to chime in. Remember, cork sniffing is in lieu of actually gigin'. I'd say, get off your high horse, respect the hard work that is done in Asia, on these guitars, and get to work.

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