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Squier Tele Special
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This Tele offers a little more edge and attitude. It features a rosewood fingerboard, a single-coil Strat pickup in the neck position, and a humbucki...Click To Read More About This Product
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Value priced and humbucker equipped.
This Tele offers a little more edge and attitude. It features a rosewood fingerboard, a single-coil Strat pickup in the neck position, and a humbucking bridge pickup. It also has a string-thru bridge for increased sustain. The pickguard has been dispensed with for a cleaner, meaner look. Alder body. Medium jumbo frets.
25-1/2" scale length
Maple neck/rosewood fingerboard
Medium jumbo frets
Strat alnico neck pickup
Ceramic humbucking bridge pickup
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I bought the walnut satin tele a while back to take as a beater to college. The humbucker lacks that classic tele twang but holds distortion better. I would make sure you test play the guitar more than I did before purchasing as there are differences in the action and string alignment. Near the nut the action is nice and low which makes it easy to play but up at the top there is still fret buzz even after tweaking the truss rod. I would probably go for the twin humbucker version next time because the neck pickup comes off as kind of weak. Overall the guitar looks great and does most all I want it to.
I picked one up to be a parts donor for a guitar project I was building... set it up the way I like it, played it, and it moved to the top of my guitar harem. Unbelievable value for the money... I choose it now over a more expensive guitar for recording... BUY IT!
Solid agathis body of three to six pieces, walnut stain but can appear as rosewood, everything is present to make a good basic player, but with the replacement of the tuners, nut and saddles, you can have a mighty fine instrument indeed. Has asian size body mount strat pickup in the neck, conventional untapped humbucker in the above bridge rout. This rout is 3/8ths inch North of where a Tele pup rout would usually be, so this is not an easy pat conversion to a replica of an Am Se of MIM Fender Telecaster, could make a perfect G & L ASAT copy, tho. Body is shaped right, and unlike most Squier Tele bodies, its edges are chamfered like a Fender and don't cut into your chest or arm. Pickups are not bad, nor are the contents of the slightly oversized control panel. Every thing works fine, and can be upgraded easily for a really sound instrument at a fraction of the cost of an American Series Tele or a Classic or Deluxe MIM Tele. I've bought six at this May 07 price, they're all keepers easy.
Great guitar at a great price. Tele quality, authentic "Fender" sound. I love it.
I just bought the Squier Tele Special. I have wanted a Tele for a long time, but was never crazy about the pickup placement on most models. A few months ago I played the Squire special and fell in love. I could get bluesy, go metal, get warm surf sounds, twang out some country or just plain strum rythm and it kept up with me. My number one guitar went number two and after much begging and pleading, I talked my wife into letting me buy the Tele Special. I don't regret the perchase at all. The action is a little high, but that's easy to take care of. My new number one axe is now the Tele. If you're just starting out or are looking for a back-up axe...This is the one for you.
I bought one of these about a while to start out on. I'm about sell it and buy a Jazzmaster, which better suits my style. The pickups are pretty verstatile, you can get about any sound you want out of it. I prefer to use the single coil in the neck, which is alnico and has a good warm tone to it. Action, intonation, etc. is good but not great - typical for Squier. Great quality for the money.
Got it for Father's Day. I've spent a few hours playing it, and it seems to be fairly well constructed. I got the walnut finish (UGLY), Way too dark for my tastes.After some truss rod adjustments, and sanding down the ends of the frets a bit, The neck is nice and fast. The tuning pegs are absolutely horrible, but at this price, you can expect a shortage in hardware:)Tonally, it's not my favorite... The alder body does produce a bright twangy feel, but the electronics are really lacking.I do feel that this guitar is an extreme value.Great for beginners, or those who would like a good foundation for a "custom" Tele.I plan on making this a project. I'll be installing some Sperzels, New Pups, New Bridge/Saddles, the works.
When I first got this guitar I was surprised in the quality of the pickups. They never rattled and it was great at how you could switch them around so easliy. I usually have to tune it alot though mainly because I'm always bending the strings on blues riffs. If you are just starting out with this guitar then I sugest a Fender Frontman 15R amp to go with it. The amp creates more sound than you expect. This guitar overall is great.
I have fallen in love with this thing. I originally bought 'cuz it was cheap, I wanted to add a Tele to my collection and the pickup configuration intrigued me. I have to say the set up out of the box was pedestrian at best. After some patient tweaking with the truss rod and the bridge adjusters, it plays as good as any Fender I've ever played. Another point to raise here is the tendancy that all the Squiers I've played seem to have is a distinct "unfinished" feel to the frets. Plan on some careful finish filing to take the edges off as they are rought to dsy the least. I purchased it with the satin walnut finish which gives it a "classic", somewhat aged, Tele look. (In fact, I've thought it's too clean and a few well place nicks and dents and you'd think it was one out of the 60's) As for the pick up layout, it has a tone that lands between an SG and a Tele with the humbucker alone with decent drive. With the switch in the middle position it has a unique Fender single coil tonality with a bit of humbucker fullness. In the neck position, it becomes pure Fender. Terrific for arppegio chording and rythm playing and not bad for a subdued, "quiet" emotion lead playing. If there is a weakness in the electronics it would be in the substantial gain drop off when you employ the middle or neck switch positions. If you're like me and use a fair amount of signal processing (an ample pedal board) this can be used to your advantage in displaying "mood swings" in your playing. Overall, I'd have to say that you'd be hard pressed to beat it for the bucks. I jam with it, record with it, and gig with it and chuckle a bit when I think how bloody cheap it was to own.
This is a great guitar! I just bought it and I am in love with it. I have owned plenty of guitars and this is the best one yet. This is an amazing instrument. Well worth the money.
This guitar rocks. Just like many guitars that come to you, adjustments come nauturally. The way you play, the way you like the guitar to feel in your hands is a matter of choice and playablity. If you are a first time player I reccomend against this guitar. But if you are a seasoned guitarist as I, then buy it. It take a little setting up. It comes to you with a very high action and a little bit of a 'Bowed neck" setup. After adjusting the truss rod and bridge intonation this guitar rules over my Gibson les paul custom. I pick it pick it over my other 5 guitars because it has the balls to play with the best. Honestly if you can't adjust things then you better look elsewhere for a beginner guitar. By the way...the humbucker in this b*tch screams....
Well this was my first attempt at playing a guitar and I think it it on the head. I took back a few just because they felt really really cheap. I was shocked to find this for the price at my local guitar center (the staff at the San Marcos, CA store are amazing!) I took it home and began to mess around. I couldn't ask for a better quality guitar. Unfortunately I found a few problems with it :( the first is the output coming out, its not a bad problem just a dumb design error, its not screwed into the body so the whole plug can pop out, you can just pop it back in pretty tight though. My on big warning for anyone thinking about this is to check the side strap holder, mine was stripped straight through the body and the screw came out..... no more strap... I checked at the store and the two on display were also stripped so BE CAREFUL if you want a strap (and who wouldn't ) overall amazing sound though!
A good affordable guitar!
Just got this guitar. Very happy with it. It certainly has the sound you would expect from a tele. Great buy for the money. I recommend it if you are looking for a good guitar on a budget.
I bought a Walnut Satin at a local store. In a room filled with at least 200 guitars this one caught my eye. It is a beauty! I plugged into an Orange Crush and dialed up a sweet warm fuzz with the humbucker. Then I tried the Strat bridge pickup on a Blues Junior. Got a great TX Bluesy tone. Very versatile pickup combo. Still getting used to the two pickups together, not very Tele sounding! I can say the quality is way better than the Squier Standard Tele I bought in 2000. The action and intonation are great with the 9's that it came with and the frets are smooth. I have to say it's the sweetest guitar I've ever played from this price range.
I've been picking for over fourty years now with Ernie Ball as my first teacher and consequently have owned and play a few axes. This little guiar is the best thing for the money ever - hands-down. The action is smooth and the pickups responsive too. The hardware is great, looks good and the sound is about as good as my American Tele was too. An excellent starter guitar for anyone interested in electric country and western for sure. Still don't know how they can sell it so cheap, but a real steal of a deal!
I just picked one of these up yesterday and I'm pretty impressed by it. The walnut finish shows the grain of the wood, which is nice, but I'd prefer something lighter. The guitar plays and sounds great, and I haven't even adjusted the action, intonation, etc. yet--maybe after the super bowl tomorrow. The sound selection is pretty versatile, but I still feel like the bite is missing from the 'tele twang' that you'd expect. The neck feels great, and the bridge seems pretty solid, too. In fact, I was delighted when I found out that the strings are 'though-body' mounted instead of run through the end of the bridge. The only other thing that I noticed is that this guitar seems to weigh a ton compared to my old Samick tele copy. I guess I'll just need to start going to the gym to build more stamina. All in all, though, I felt that the Mexican Fenders have nothing over this guitar, and would recommend it to others.
When I first got this guitar on my birthday, I was dissapinted, I was a beggining guitarist, I had next to no experience on electric guitars, and I had wanted something black, with 3 humbuckers, and very expensive.I played it anyways, on a small epiphone amp, and loved how I could change my tone so much just by switching pickups. Though I still lusted after a gibson Les Paul Black Beauty, I quite liked my Squire Tele.Eventually, I started playing more and more guitars, I started hanging out with the "band kids" and got to mess around with much more expensive guitars, on much nicer amps. I was thourghly dissapointed with my freinds Jackson, plugged into his Crate half stack, because you couldn't get a huge variety of sounds, it was either clean, or distorted.So, with new faith in my guitar, I bought a small, Fender practice amp, a Fender Frontman 25R, to be exact, and spent 50 dollars to take my guitar to a luthier and have the tuning problems fixed (The low E string and the A string wouldn't stay in tune for more than an hour).I am now in love, I can get any kind of sound I want out of this guitar, with its strat single coil and ceramic humbucker. It looks quite unique, with its walnut satin finish and lack of pickgaurd. It plays like a dream, and the neck feels great.If you're looking for a great guitar, at a low price, for learning how to play guitar, or if you're just low on cash, this is an amazing guitar.
Great value for the money. I bought my special used. I like tele's but wasn't really looking for one till i saw this one- man these look like workhorses. I wasm't sure about the pickup arrangement (not classic tele setup) until i heard that alnico neck pickup- I love this guitar. Its now my number 1. GREAT VALUE.(ps if you are looking for that drop "d" thick tele sound like tom morello- this is a pretty cheap way)
Have had this instrument for about a month and so far so good. The action was set a little too high for my taste,easy to ajust. Input jack was loose but that also was easy to repair. The finish on mine was flawless(Black.) Comes with cheapass strings (change them.) Bridge pickup is pretty decent sounding while the neck pup is a little weak but has that familiar tele twang. This guitar would make a good candidate for hot rodding.Or with a little tweaking here and there you have a decent guitar right outa the box for the price.