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Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar

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An incredible blend of warmth and clarity.

Squiers all-new Vintage Modified Telecaster Special puts a special spin on the model with truly modded and hot-rodded features including a full-sounding Jazzmaster neck pickup and a vintage-tint maple Jazzmaster neck.

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • 25.5" Scale Jazzmaster maple neck and fretboard, 9.5" radius, 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Duncan Designed TE-101B bridge pickup
  • Duncan Designed JM-101N single-coil Jazzmaster pickup with Alnico 5 magnets
  • Master volume and tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Vintage style 3-barrel string-thru bridge

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SquierVintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)

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(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Value, Pro level instrument!

By shaun coburn

from Gas City

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

If you are in the market for a Fender you have to try this guitar. I played the other vintage modified Strats that were there and they were equally impressive.
Build this Vintage Modified Tele in Mexico and slap a Fender decal on the headstock and it is now a more expensive guitar. Save yourself the time and buy 2!! I will be using this guitar in the studio and onstage for sure.
Call it a Jazzmaster neck if you want, it's a fat "c" shape Strat neck with a Tele radius with perfectly manicured frets. The Jazzmaster pickup oozes vibe for days, this was what drew me to this guitar in the first place, but the bridge pickup is no slouch either. It has twang and growl, I wouldn't change either of them, great single coil sound. The vintage style brass barrel bridge is a great plus and transfers the string vibration well. A ton of upgraded features that work well!
This is where I was really blown away and what sold me on this Tele. I kept hearing that Squier was doing great things with the Classic Vibe series but honestly I have been a traditional guitar snob. I own a dozen pro level Gretsch guitars and have had several custom shop Tele's in the past. I just happened to stop by my local music store as they were hanging this on the shelf for the first time. It caught my eye and I had to take a look at it. The fit and finish are every bit as good as the Baja Tele on the shelf next to it!! The frets are perfect, the neck pocket is tight, the pole pieces are lined up perfectly with the strings, the guitar is balanced and feels great. The super thick poly finish actually feels pretty good and the blonde ash finish was spectacular.
Come on.....it should be illegal to offer this much guitar for the price.....I just ordered a second in butterscotch

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I think we have a winner!

By JuanOfMany

from Hamtramck, MI

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

I've got to say I'm pretty impressed! The pickups are great, nice twangy bridge pup, chimey yet full neck pickup, very clean fretwork, lightweight body, surprisingly thick neck (it's no Nocaster, but it'll do), and the neck pocket is nice and tight. I play everything from country to rockabilly, to punk rock and blues, and this guitar seems to be able to take whatever I throw at it. Even sounds good with high gain, though I suppose it might be a little noisy for modern metal on the bridge position. I know the switch can be a problem with Squiers, so that's something to look out for, but so far, so good on mine.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squire did it again!

By JSTJEAN

from Greenwood, DE

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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 Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    Well after 50 years of playing bass and guitar. I am finally convinced that Squire makes a great product for a fantastic price. 2 years ago I wouldn't have given you a nickle for the Squire brand but after purchasing a couple modified vintage squire basses and guitars, I am a happy owner and like what I see and hear. Quality construction and good workmanship right out of the box. This guitar the Modified Vintage Telecaster with the old 70s Strat-Style (large) headstock is a keeper for sure. I also love the butterscotch look.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big bang for the buck

    By guitarman

    from Burns Oregon

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Love The Sound
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I chose this axe over the vintage vibe for the set up.The 3 brass saddle bridge is perfect. The neck is very smooth.The pups are bright and clear. The tuners hold tune and look correct. I normally have to do a set up,but this was factory perfect.This is real vintage sound at a fraction of the price. I love the butterscotch blonde and tinted neck.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Is A Keeper

    By Old School Still Rules

    from Harrisburg, IL

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. As a Telehead, I was always skeptical about Squiers. I took a chance on this guitar based on the Jazzed design and above all the price. The only complaint out of the box was the standard 9's set up.. That's an easy fix. Within two days of receiving this guitar I was using it on stage. In fact, although I take an arsenal, this is the only one I have been using live. I did make three modifications, but these were personal choice and not things that needed to be "fixed". I did replace the bridge with a brass compensated for intonation purposes. In addition I replaced the three way switch with a standard Fender and put a SD Hot Jazzmaster pickup in just to get a bit more depth. The stock parts were fine. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. It sounds as good as my other higher priced and extensively modified Teles. I am very happy. Fit and finish are great.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Special guitar, great price.

    By Deli_Llama

    from Edmond, OK

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Fit and Finish
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Budget Guitar
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Came With 9s
    • Would Prefer Fullsize Pot

    Best Uses

    • Anything
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I have been very pleased with this guitar. It actually came set up pretty nicely, but unfortunately, it was laced with 9's from the factory, which seriously impair its tonal quality. The pickups seem to be well balanced between each other and sound great. I like the Jazzmaster pickup in the neck for that fat single coil, surfy sound, and the Tele bridge pickup does what it should, poors on the spank. The electronics, although mini pots work well, and have a good feel. The switch seems solid. No complaints thus far.

    This is loads better than my prior affinity tele and will soon become one of my main players, second only to my Sorento. If you are looking for a funky guitar that adds something special to the classic tele configuration, this is it. I like to think of it as an Esquire with a Jazzmaster pickup drop in.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT GUITAR FOR BEGINNER OR EXPERIENCED

    By The Man

    from Hong Kong China

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    Pros

    • Fine Price
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great look
    • Great Lool
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Its From Squier Just Fyi
    • Not Sharp Tele

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I never really liked the Squier series since I thought it took away the real meaning of getting an electric guitar (for a good sound quality and durability)
    But this guitar proved me wrong. This baby sounds like any tele that might cost double its price. The only bad thing is that it doesn't have that sharp tone you might want from a tele. But overall this is a great guitar for its price. Keep it up Squier :D

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My new favorite next to my 1982 G&L SC-1

    By Me

    from Biloxi

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    Pros

    • Affordable Fun
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Minor Finish Flaws

    Best Uses

    • After Work Stress Relief
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I'm in my 50s and have been playing since my early 20s. In the 80s, I had to have the tricked out floating bridge guitars, but now prefer a fixed bridge. Love they way this looks, plays and sounds. I can bend strings all day and stay in tune. A couple of minor dust flaws in the finish on the back side of the body. Sounds great through my vintage Rickenbacker amp, my Fender Mustang 2 and my Peavy Backstage 110. For the price, this is solid and sweet. Played great right out of the box.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Crazy Good Bargain and Quality

    By JackAssin

    from Southern Illinois

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

    Mine was manufactured February 2014 in Indonesia. I got it at MusciansFriend eBay store for two hundred ninety-nine and 99 cents. I got the white ("Blond") one. It came super fortress packed, and amazingly "setup" right out of the box.

    Sure I wish it had the Tele head-stock,and yeah the thick shiny clear coat all over the neck and fingerboard is a turnoff, but what the heck at this price I can't complain.

    As another reviewer said, I agree that it comes strung with slinky 9s.
    If you're poor folk like me, just get an RP-70 DigiTech to run this guitar through, and you'll be amazed at what you can get out of the Jazzmaster pickup on the '65 Fender Twin Reverb amp model.

    Unless you simply MUST have a standard Tele pickup set, then steer clear of the Mex Tele. Or buy this and swap pick guards and drop in a Dimarizo replica neck pickup.

    Oh, and I'll say hat the strings are fine, unlike other China and Indonesia guitars I've bought with fake rusty D`Addaroi strings.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A lot of BANG for your Buck!!!

    By Da Bald 1

    from Manhattan Beach, CA.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

      * (Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar)
      I was looking to add a telecaster to my collection, but didn't really want to send a lot of money (but also didn't want to waste my money on a guitar that didn't sound or play well!)BIG PROPS to the people at Fender for putting so much into this awesome and affordable electric.

      I was so surprised when I first got this guitar in my hands. I had a Mexico built Tele a few years ago and couldn't really tell the difference in quality and function. First off I loved the mods they made like the awesome "Jazzmaster" neck which plays like a dream! The Duncan pickups (especially the one in the neck position) where a very nice addition as well and adds so much. They didn't cheap out any where and you get a lot of the money you dish out. Can set up right out of the box perfectly, no adjustments were needed.. The only thing I will change is the strings once the org factory ones wear out. (Great service at MF as well!!)

      Super stoked with this guitar and I know almost everyone that picks it up will quickly feel the same way!!! Love it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love My New Telecaster

      By Butters

      from Jax, FL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • All Around Great Ax
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Jammin Guitar
      • Holds String Tuning Well
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I haven't owned a guitar in 25 years and have only played for a few months in that time. This January (2015) I decided to "have a guitar PICK ME OUT"! After months of stopping in various stores and playing what little guitar I remember, the modified blonde butterscotch Squire Telecaster did just that in a matter of minutes. I have barely been able to put it down since bringing it home 4 days ago! I've been relearning chords and running up and down scales on this wonderful ax! I highly recommend it for the price and the craftsmanship. Great job Squire!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          an absolute must for any guitar player

          By Pugsly

          from Avery, North Carolina

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

            played great right out of the box! No modifications needed,the quality is as good or better than a guitar for twice the price! Great value for a great guitar.
            solid construction and well built. Great service from Musicians Friend!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This VM Tele Special is great.

            By Dave Herman

            from Santa Fe, NM

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

              This guitar plays great. Sounds great. Good sustain. The frets are well dressed. The Duncan Design pickups seem to have a little more grunt than the Alnico 3s and 5s. This one weighs 7.6 lbs vs 8.8 lbs for the CV 50s Tele. This color and Jazzmaster neck adds subtle cool. The butterscotch tint is transparent, showing a pleasing bit of darker grain in the basswood. The only change I made was to add an ashtray just for pics. I know the street price, but this guitar is worth the MSRP.

               
              5.0

              Good guitar, great price

              By n/a

              from Frederick, MD

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Had Tele 3 Wks Like It
              • It Is Really Comfortable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Guitar Is For Home Use
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                Guitar felt comfortable to play right out of the box. Tones were excellent.

                String adjusters are not the best but do their job. Each adjuster is for 2 strings. POSSIBLY might replace them but no need to really. This is not a big knock on the guitar, just an observation.

                This is a lot better guitar than others I have bought.

                Shipping was good, MF (Fender?) could REALLY put more packing material in the box. Fender packs the guitar very well. When the outer box was opened there were 2 sheets of paper outside of the Fender packaging.

                SO BOTTOM LINE, love it and like playing it.

                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Squier Does Not Disappoint

                By Caleb Rose

                from North Carolina

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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 Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                  I was lucky enough to get a job at a local hardware store in these last few months. The pay was enough that I was able to make enough to buy a nice guitar. I walked into my local music store with a budget, and low and behold I found this beauty. I have had my eye on the Jim Root Squier for a while, but it was just out of my price range, and this was hanging on the wall in front of me. I jumped at it. The fist amp, other than the one I plugged it into at the store was an old Gibson tube amp. I was shocked. The Ducan pickups made this tele scream! I then started running it through my Fender Frontman 25 and my effects board and it makes the tone scream. I love the tone from the bridge pup, and the Jazzmaster pickup in the neck made the dark tone a tele normally has a lot more manageable. The only thing I can complain about is the neck, but I switched it with a Strat neck I had on a Strat (the jazzmaster on a strat is perfect btw). That made it perfect, and I like it better with a Rosewood fredboard. over all, absolutely perfect, would not change a thing.

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  What a guitar

                  By deuce 1968

                  from iowa

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                    I love this guitar!Great tone with the P-90 tele combo.Awesome neck.Squire has really stepped up the quality.Cant say enough good about this guitar.Cant be beat for the price.Thanks Squire!! And Musicians Friend

                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    What a great guitar!!

                    By mac

                    from santa rosa ca

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                        really enjoying this guitar. I am playing thru a small tube traynor really sounds good and a blast to play, fit and finish are excellent

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Groovy!

                        By Santeria96

                        from Long Beach

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                          Just got this today, and man is it righteous. Been jamming on it all day having a blast!

                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great guitar

                          By Foxie

                          from Sunsites, Arizona

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Pots Are Somewhat Limited

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special Electric Guitar:

                          Love this guitar. I'm a novice, but I can get such a variety of great tones. Beats my Ibanez 55 hands down. What is limited by the pots can easily be made up by my amp.

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