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Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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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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Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Squier Telecaster Standard

    Providing that the quality control is on the ball, this is not a guitar to shy away from. Musicians Friend has wonderful customer service and stands behind their products 100%. Even used guitars...Read complete review

    Providing that the quality control is on the ball, this is not a guitar to shy away from. Musicians Friend has wonderful customer service and stands behind their products 100%. Even used guitars have a good return policy accept level 4 wich is as is needs work. Even then, you get them so cheap that you can afford to fix them if you have the know how. Keep in mind that every guitar has it's own personality and voice. This can be adjusted to your taste to some degree. I own 4 Tele's and each one is distinctive in sound. All are unmistakably Fender Tele with a personal twist. If you have $6000.00 for a vintage guitar, play it beside this one and be amased. I'm keeping this one.
    Every thing a Tele should be. Straight grain wood. Tele sound unmistakable.
    Good quality. Finish is even and high gloss. Neck is smooth and satin finish. Plastic cover still on pick guard. Strings are fender, but poor quality. I changed them to .009 and adjusted truss rod and pup hight. Now I would put this guitar up against any Tele out there. The switch and pots are smoothe. The fret ends are a little rough but will break in with use. There was 1 stripped screw in the bridge plate wich is easy to fix with a tooth pick and Elmers woood glue. The tuners hold much better after I re-strung them properly by pulling the string tail up and winding over it. This way , the tighter the string gets, the harder it bites on itself against the peg. It just can't slip, period. The tuners themselves feel smoothe and positive. I get true Fender Tele sound in all positions from neck to bridge once I figured out the cant angle for each pup. This is a matter of playing style and taste. this model Tele has the adjustable neck pup without removing the pick guard.
    I got this from the good people at Musicians Friend on a smokin' deal. It was used in mint condition level 1. It was half the price of a players edition , or a MiM. Tele. I would play this guitar against any USA Tele. I prefer the old school 3 saddle bridge and maple fret board for my twang, but this 6 saddle bridge with rosewood fret board really gets it. I just had to junk the strings and do a set up to get the fret buzz out. I suspect that it was returned to M.F. for that minor reason. That was a perfect oportunity for me to pick up a great guitar at a great price.

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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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    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.

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A very good deal.

      By Musicman

      from Sacramento

      About Me Professional Musician

      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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      2.0

      They need to inspect these better

      By Rocknrandy55

      from Punxsutawney,Pa

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      The guitar was nice but I had to file all of the fret ends because they was sharp and had not been dressed properly.
      I also had to adjust the neck relief because the neck was to flat and the 2nd and 3rd fret was buzzing when I played a note and I also had to set the action a little higher to aid in removing the string buzz.

      However, after all of the setup work was done the guitar play's great and the intonation is spot on.

      I wish that they could either get a hold of the manufacturer and let them know about the failure on the inspection end of the process or check the guitars before shipping them out.

      I am lucky that I know how to work on the guitars but others would have to send them back because they would not be able to do what I have done to mine.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Looks Great, Plays Great , U-All.

      By Kozzie Stetson III

      from El Playno Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Tele-sound

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Needed Major Setup

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Purchased to complete my Fender collection! I love the Looks. This is a great value if you are an experienced Musician. It took alot of time to set it up but now it seems to have been worth it.
      Mixes well with a Line six Spider-3 amp/cab. Chrystal clear tones on my Marshall.A good investment if you are looking for a clear Tele Sound at a VAlue price.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great "project" guitar

      By White Dog

      from Northeast Iowa

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy To Modify
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Needs A Lot Of Set-up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      As far as I'm concerned, this is a "project" guitar for experienced players.
      It would be a great beginner guitar as well---but be prepared to learn how to set it up, or pay someone to do it for you. It is an inexpensive guitar, and seems Quality Control at Squire (Indonisia) is very lacking in doing their jobs (based on reviews here and my own experience).
      Most guitars need SOME set up, because everyone has their own preferences...but this guitar needed EVERYTHING set up just to be playable.
      Now; I got mine in October 2011, and once I set it up properly I couldn't put it down---plays and performs quite beautifully. Love the feel, love the ease, love the speed, and through a decent amp love the sound (if I were to change a pickup, it would be the bridge only, because the neck pickup is buttery and nice).

      I got the Vintage Blonde, and it is gorgeous.
      My modifications have made it even more appealing. I added a Bigsby bridge and tail piece, swapped out the white pick guard for an Orange Pearl one, changed the chrome knobs to black witch hats, and traded the rams-horn string guides for Fender American Standard String Guides. It looks fantastic, and with the Bigsby it now sounds like a Semi-Hollow body or Thinline Telecaster. Sweet!

      I WOULD recommend this guitar, but, as I said, only to experienced players looking for a cool project, or to beginners whom are willing to learn to do a proper set-up, or pay someone that knows.
      For beginners: Unless you get lucky and get that ONE odd guitar ready to play...don't think you will be able to take this thing out of the box and just start playing.
      The quality is there, from looks, sound, materials, etc...but you will absolutely need to bring it all together yourself, because Squire QC didn't care to do it for you.

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      5.0

      Great spanky little Guitar!!!

      By killertone

      from central Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      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 is a very decent guitar for what you pay for. Turn the volume slightly off wide open and this thing will amaze you!!

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        3.0

        Easy Action

        By Decades

        from Up North

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I've played guitars and basses, many makes and models, for 40 years, and have owned this guitar for one year, so have a good feel for it now. Purchased new from different vendor, not MF. Arrived, a little dirty in the box, in need of total setup, truss rod, intonation, nut slot depth, string height. Many new guitars need that. But the fret ends stuck out to point of unplayable until filed down. That is probably due to rosewood not being fully dried before being used on the neck. I did all the above work myself, StewMac tools, good stuff. The overall poly finish and appearance is very nice, candy apple red. Very light, app. 6 pounds. Neck is thin and very fast, as everyone says, very light finish. Great string bends. Nice bridge. Play as hobbyist anymore, mostly through a Line 6 Spyder IV 30. There are many usable and recognizable country and rock tones in this guitar. If still gigging, I would not hesitate to use it as-is for Tele songs. One could upgrade pups, but mostly you can adjust height and your amp to find your sound with these. If you know how to do set ups, and actually know how to play, this guitar will inexpensively cover you for many songs. But Fender/Squire quality control could be better. Recommend for the price, but recognize need for setup and possible touchup.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              I tried to like this Tele!

              By Fiddle&guitarman

              from Mars Hill, NC USA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I hope you guys read this

              By chaz

              from palm springs ca.

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bad Frets

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Alight I got this guitar a few days ago off this website and it had a little fret buzz and the strings were really high. But you can easily fix it. It came with some Alan keys for the truss rod and the saddles of the guitar, the neck of my guitar was doing a banana bend so I tightened the rod and it was fine. just like any guitar you have to adjust it the way you like it. As for the frets they are fine but if you plan on barring down strings with your pinky like in the intro riff of La Grange it hurts xD. When you get it set up the way you like it it is a really nice guitar with a good bluesy tone and don't forget that beautiful finish you will absolutely love the antique bust.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy this guitar! You will love it!

              By drummer1

              from Key West, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Squier Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I am a professional drummer/singer and started playing guitar about a year ago. I started on a Squier Strat and got frustrated because of the location of the volume knob. I kept hitting it and consequently, I didn't enjoy playing, which slowed my progress down. I thought that a Telecaster might be a better way to go.

              With a particular budget in mind, I spent hours researching and comparing new and used Fender, Mexican Fender, Squier Classic Vibe and off brand teles and I kept coming back to the outstanding reviews of the Squier Standard Telecaster.

              I decided to go ahead a buy the Squier Standard and I couln't be more pleased with my purchase. The guitar's finish and neck are flawless. The action and intonation seemed great out of the box. I was correct to go with the Tele over the Strat and I love playing and practicing now. It made a huge difference in my enjoyment of learning the guitar.

              I am always pleased with my purchases at Musician's Friend and the customer servivce is outstanding.

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