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A value-priced version of a classic Tele design.

The limited-run Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar features design elements from one of the most popular Telecasters ever. Agathis body, maple neck with maple fretboard, 25-1/2" scale length, medium-jumbo frets, and 2 humbuckers with independent controls.

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Medium-jumbo frets
  • Dot position markers
  • 2 humbuckers with independent controls

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SquierTele Custom Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 130 reviews)

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    (88)

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    (29)

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HEAVY

It's a good guitar, I can't believe how low the action is, one of my best cheap guitars that actually let you make runs right down the neck.
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It's a good guitar, I can't believe how low the action is, one of my best cheap guitars that actually let you make runs right down the neck.
The Tele Custom is made in Indonesia, and has 2 humbuckers. The strait neck is unfinished with painted fret markers, the pocket has a good fit, and the tuners do their job. The bridge keeps the strings in place even with power chords and rapid stacato picking and extreme bending. The body finish is solid shiny black. This guitar has plenty of weight, and sustain. With Extra super light strings, the action is very low. Lower than many guitars at 5 times the price. The humbucking neck pick up is smooth while the bridge humbucker still has the tele treble tone. With extra light strings this guitar has jazzy buttery tone with a clean tube amp. And there is no hum! The selector switch can be replaced with a more robust toggler. But otherwise this guitar is built like a tank and can play R+B, Funk, Jazz and Rock easily. It is versitile, easy to chord and great for fast hammering and jazzy pull offs. I may have gotten one with an exceptionally low action and straight neck, but this would be great for a sit down studio session. For stand up gigging, I would suggest a lighter tone wood.
Good quality, heavy, low action, even the pick ups work well for jazz, blues and extreme rock.
Excellent value, this is my main tone monster. The unfinished neck plays fast with these strings, and the bridge keeps the strings in place.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't Know If I Had A Bad One, But,,,,,,

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My wife ordered one of these for me, back in 2007 for a X-Mas present ,which I thought was very sweet of her. When I took it out of the...Read complete review

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My wife ordered one of these for me, back in 2007 for a X-Mas present ,which I thought was very sweet of her. When I took it out of the box, I knew I had to do some work on this one. I'm pretty sure that this was probably one that somehow slipped through the QC at the Squier Plant in Indonesia. Mine had fret edges sticking along the top of the neck and the stock bridge saddles were very wobbly, thus making it very difficult to keep it in tune. I ended up filing and resetting the frets and then replacing the bridge saddles with a set of Graph-tech Import Saddles which were quite a major improvement. The imput jack needed just a little bit of tightening along with the stock tuners, and the pickups needed a height adjustment . Once I took care of my slight repairs and did a intonation and setup, this guitar was good to go and to be honest, the stock humbuckers on this guitar are quite good. They can be a bit microphonic but, putting in some foil shielding on the inner body cavity should alleviate that problem. I've had mine for close to 4 years now and have used it at many gigs along with my MIA 2006 60th Strat and my recently acquired, Squier Standard Strat as well. Heck yeah, I'm a confirmed Fender and Squier guy and not ashamed of it.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HEAVY

By Twanger-SV3Ri

from Ohio

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Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

It's a good guitar, I can't believe how low the action is, one of my best cheap guitars that actually let you make runs right down the neck.
The Tele Custom is made in Indonesia, and has 2 humbuckers. The strait neck is unfinished with painted fret markers, the pocket has a good fit, and the tuners do their job. The bridge keeps the strings in place even with power chords and rapid stacato picking and extreme bending. The body finish is solid shiny black. This guitar has plenty of weight, and sustain. With Extra super light strings, the action is very low. Lower than many guitars at 5 times the price. The humbucking neck pick up is smooth while the bridge humbucker still has the tele treble tone. With extra light strings this guitar has jazzy buttery tone with a clean tube amp. And there is no hum! The selector switch can be replaced with a more robust toggler. But otherwise this guitar is built like a tank and can play R+B, Funk, Jazz and Rock easily. It is versitile, easy to chord and great for fast hammering and jazzy pull offs. I may have gotten one with an exceptionally low action and straight neck, but this would be great for a sit down studio session. For stand up gigging, I would suggest a lighter tone wood.
Good quality, heavy, low action, even the pick ups work well for jazz, blues and extreme rock.
Excellent value, this is my main tone monster. The unfinished neck plays fast with these strings, and the bridge keeps the strings in place.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar and affordable

By Cody Tichelkamp

from Undisclosed

Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for 6 months and it's one of the greatest instrument purchases I made. Only problem I've experienced is the input jack gets loose (happens on my strat as well) but it's now a force of habit to tighten all of the input jacks on all of my guitars before I either play a live show or just a random session at my house. Pickups sound amazing, better than what I had expected with it being a Squier. Stays in tune fantastically, especially for the drop tuning I use it for. I like the dual volume/tone controls because I have the bridge pickup at 10 and the neck pickup at 0 to act as a killswitch for some Rage Against the Machine stuff. It's got that crunch that I've been looking for for years. I was originally going for an Epi SG but this guitar caught my eye the minute I walked into my local guitar store. I don't plan on getting rid of this guitar anytime soon

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't Know If I Had A Bad One, But,,,,,,

By Jeffo

from Woonsocket, R.I.

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Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

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My wife ordered one of these for me, back in 2007 for a X-Mas present ,which I thought was very sweet of her. When I took it out of the box, I knew I had to do some work on this one. I'm pretty sure that this was probably one that somehow slipped through the QC at the Squier Plant in Indonesia. Mine had fret edges sticking along the top of the neck and the stock bridge saddles were very wobbly, thus making it very difficult to keep it in tune. I ended up filing and resetting the frets and then replacing the bridge saddles with a set of Graph-tech Import Saddles which were quite a major improvement. The imput jack needed just a little bit of tightening along with the stock tuners, and the pickups needed a height adjustment . Once I took care of my slight repairs and did a intonation and setup, this guitar was good to go and to be honest, the stock humbuckers on this guitar are quite good. They can be a bit microphonic but, putting in some foil shielding on the inner body cavity should alleviate that problem. I've had mine for close to 4 years now and have used it at many gigs along with my MIA 2006 60th Strat and my recently acquired, Squier Standard Strat as well. Heck yeah, I'm a confirmed Fender and Squier guy and not ashamed of it.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar!

By Jorge

from Guayaquil, Ecuador

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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 Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar 3 years ago; when I saw it at the local shop, I was curious about its unusual appearance, when I started to test it; I was sold... I don't own really expensive guitars...but I own MIM Fenders and Electromatic Gretsch. And this Squier is as good as any of them, only different. What I like most of it is the neck, really playable. I will never sell this guitar.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT-SOUNDING TELE VARIATION

    By chosenfool

    from Philadelphia, PA

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    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    didnt really plan on buying this axe, but it came at a deep-discounted price, and with a coupon i sprang for it. Didnt expect much out of it - 2 humbuckers, it wont sound like a tele at all. Man, was i surprised - this thing is chimey! The pickups sound clean, obviously not overwound like most generic pickups- theyre definitely NOT hot, which lends to a delicate-sounding guitar, very close to what a single coil sounds like. Weak? not so! Its a tele, for cryin out loud, you dont play metal with this. If you do, then swap out those pickups, better yet swap out the guitar. But on its own, it gives a traditional guitarist a great-sounding guitar for a great price. Yep its surprisingly good!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    72 Clone

    By BigT-7XnfG

    from NJ

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I had a real 72 Telecaster and find this Squire to be very close once set up. Great action and sound, frets were sharp but are better after many hours of playing. Great value. I have been playing for 44 years, not a typo, and love this guitar and I am tired of seeing review from newbies that don't have a clue.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A bombshell of a guitar

    By TexanGuitarGod

    from San Antonio, TX

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    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is ideal (for the price, of course) for playing jazz and rock. Especially jazz, as the neck pickup sound is smooth, dreamy, thick, and warm (especially when played thru a clean tube amp). The fretboard is also insanely smooth and allows you to maneuver with ease. This is a steal for any jazz/rock musician on a tight budget.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Review

    By J.Thomas

    from Texas

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    Bought one of these as a replacement guitar about 5 years ago. Still use it to this day. The intonation had to be reset about 2 years ago, but other than that, I've had no problems with this very reliable instrument. Excellent tonal quality, wonderful fret action, durable electronics. Love the independent tone and volume knobs, and for having cheapo tuners, it stays in tune rather well. I have found it to be suitable for all styles, from country to metal. Definitely a great guitar for the price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar... Amazing Value

    By Mike Knicely

    from Chattanooga, TN

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    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar used from this website. It arrived very well packed and in beautiful condition. Aside from a tiny dent in the fretboard at the 13th fret, the guitar is in perfect cosmetic condition. I changed the stock strings to a set of 48-11's and threw on a set of straplocks and it's perfect. I gave the guitar five stars from features for the dual humbuckers and Les Paul type controls. The pickups are great. Not to hot but by no means thin. They have a nice thick vintage sound great for blues and hard rock. Neck feels nice and fast and the tuners are rock solid. The guitar has a good bit of heft to it thanks to the agathis body. I love this Guitar and the price can't be beaten. Buy this guitar!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    After all

    By MM-Febni

    from San Salvador, El Salvador

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    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    i bought this guitar because it looked good in the pictures and i took my risk by basing me on the reviews only. when i 1st opened it looked great, i just adjusted the action and it seemed i was ready to rock on. when i first plugged it in my amp it sounded and felt great until i turned the volume up on my amp. a squealing sound began and it only happened when the volume was half up. it took me a while to find out wat the problem was. it was the pickups. it seemed they were not properly waxed. the solution was to heat the pickups and let the was fill every single corner on the pickup. i dont why both pickups were like that but anyways i can now play with high volume and ive not had a problem since that tinny episode. i would highly recommend this guitar to any starter or intermediate guitar player. the pickups sound great and the neck is smooth and it stays perfectly in tune. the separate volume and tone controls for each pick up is a great feature for this telecaster. if this guitar was stolen from me i would definetely buy the same because you cant beat this guitar for the very low price it has.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    nice ax for cheap

    By mrguitar2u

    from ohio

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    This tele is a great guitar for the money. Agathis body and the bridge pup gives you a fat strat sound without sounding thin and both pups give you great lead tones. only thing is the original 1972 deluxe had a strat like headstock. I am planning on replacing the neck with the original 72 style.the squier necks are not that great. other than replacing the neck only thng i may do is replace the neck pick up with a PAF with phase in/out. BUY this guitar

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Poorly set up, but well worth the $$$

    By TelecasterGuy-JEhUZ

    from Kentucky

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    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for over a year now. When I got it, it had a few loose screws (literally), and the pickup selector wasn't completely attached. That's nothing a few commonly found tools can't fix. After I threw on new strings (10s) and adjusted the action, it was perfect. I usually save this guitar for when I want some distortion. The clean tones aren't that great, but I have a Fender tele for those. If you play any rock style and need a cheap axe, get this.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For metal guitarist....

    By Aaron

    from Burnet, Texas

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar in july of 2010and i did my research before i bought it.A lot of reviews for metal say that the pickups are too weak and there is too much feed back.I got it (although musicians friend sent me the wrong guitar at first) and it sounded great.it plays really well in drop C with 10's and hardly any feed back. If you need a back up guitar, this is the one for you.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great if you're not shredding metal !

    By S.L.Robinson

    from Pasadena,Ca. USA

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    Teles are the only guitar I play. I felt it was time to broaden my tonal ability, so I began to consider other guitars. I initially tried every pretty guitar in town. Then narrowed down to Fender/Squier by Fender products. I've never liked other guitar brands. The Strat just wasn't quite it either. I came across this guitar on the Squier web-site and was intrigued. After an exhaustive hunt I finally found one in the L.A. area. The store also had an actual Fender version of this exact guitar. After A/B-ing them against each other, I walked out of the store with the Squier.In 72' it was clearly an attempt to lure Gibson players over to the other side. I think it mimics an SG most of all. In some of these reviews people complain about a "big neck". It is roughly the standard size neck for teles prior to the 1969 fast action neck. And the buzz is about half of the average single coil tele. It stays in tune very well too. I recommend getting one still in the box, if it's been on the show room floor, there's no telling what it has gone through. This is a good guitar and it covers a lot of range that a Standard Tele doesn't. One seems to pick up where the other leaves off. I know these are a limited run type of thing, I just donn't know how limited. All I know is they are about the most difficult Squier product to find. I think In years to come this era of Squier (2002-2004) will be very collectible as well. They have one upped all the Fender copies out there for sure. As with most Teles, it's not going to suit every musicians need on every song. It's a great guitar to add to a collection, and the value vs. quality is un-beatable. I really love this thing though!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone

    By BetterThanYou100%

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I got this Tele Custom at Guitar Center couple of days ago, and I have to tell you that I like this guitar better than my Gibson Les Paul Jr. For example the Tele have better control over the tone, than my Les Paul Jr. All I have to say that buy this guitar, and experience it for your self.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Hairy Tele

    By Derek-54TQr

    from Newport News, VA

    Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

    I've owned this guitar for a couple of years and it's still going strong. The quality of the fit and finish is as good as the MIM Standard Tele I owned. The neck is pretty stout (baseball bat thick). Frets edges were a little sharp, but quickly wore down with normal playing. Pickups are okay sounding, not stellar but useable tones can be had. I've heard that upgrading the pots does wonders. The body is routed to accept either Humbuckers or P-90's, so you could have some mod fun with it. I'd recommend this guitar to Tele players that want a thicker humbucker tone but still want to retain the feel of a Tele and the clarity of the 25.5 scale length. Cork sniffers may not be able to look past the Squier label and consider this a guitar only suitable for novice players, but this guitar will hold it's own against guitars costing twice as much.

    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A kid's toy

    By Bluey

    from Texas

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Needs A Lot Of Work
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

        Don't buy this guitar if you are looking for quality sound and action.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Purchase

        By Mike G

        from Summersville WV

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pickup Selector switch

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

        This was a gift for my son and he is extremely pleased with the guitar. He loves the neck and overall playability. The seperate controls for each pickup give him a lot of versatility with tone. He said the pickup selector switch was over tightened, cracked the switch and would not move. He loosened it a bit and fixed the issue. Five stars if not for the switch issue.

         
        5.0

        Believe me!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is incredible, it looks nice, it is comfortable and sounds awesome!!! This guitar rocks!

         
        3.0

        Not the greatest but a good price

        By Thomas

        from Texas

        Comments about Squier Tele Custom Electric Guitar:

        I've played an american strat for 5 years. I had to sell it because I needed the money. I bought this one for a temp. fix and was never happy with it. Maybe the one I recieved was assembled poorly. It would not stay in tune for more than 2 songs and I had to adjust the intonation on it all the time. I played it through a fender 410 deville and got insane, uncontrollable feedback. This guitar is good for an at home practice guitar but not for someone who plays often. If you are gonna "go cheap" try an Ibanez for around the same price, I've had better luck with those and they play better.

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