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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.
Reviewed by 20 customers
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.