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Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster SSH Electric Guitar

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The Squier Vintage Modified Tele SSH has a gloss finished maple neck, gloss-chrome knurled knobs, Duncan Designed Mini Humbucker, Tele Stack and Stra...Click To Read More About This Product

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A chop-shop hot rod with a unique pickup configuration.

The Squier Vintage Modified Tele SSH has a gloss finished maple neck, gloss-chrome knurled knobs, Duncan Designed Mini Humbucker, Tele Stack and Strat Stack pickups for hum canceling, reverse control plate, vintage six-saddle bridge, and five-way switching. 9.5" radius allows for easy string bending.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Indian Red Cedar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome, black chrome
  • Machine Heads: Die-cast
  • Bridge: Vintage 6-saddle
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply
  • Pickups: Duncan Design TE-103B Stack, SC-102 Stack, MH-101 Mini Humbucker
  • Pickup Switching: 5-way switching ” Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone (reverse control plate)
  • Strings: 9-42
  • Unique Features: Reverse control plate, black chrome knurled knobs
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4.6

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Very Surprised

Overall this is quite a decent guitar, yes it will probably need a little setup but, after that plug her in let er' rip. As far as the Squire decal on the headstock...Read complete review

Overall this is quite a decent guitar, yes it will probably need a little setup but, after that plug her in let er' rip. As far as the Squire decal on the headstock just look at the Tele shape and feel of the neck and, you won't mind at all. The sounds and, playability of this instrument are the real things that matter and, if you're a true musician you'll make er' smoke.
I was looking for something new and different and, came across this guitar. All of the Fenders that I own are made in the USA so I was a little sceptical of this instrument but, the price and, the features kept me interested. So after a lot of reading of reviews and, a lot of other info about this guitar I just had to give it a try.

I do own some import guitars and, truthfully I have to admit they are pretty darned good. This one here is no exception. The fit, finish, and workmanship that goes into this instrument is way better than I expected. The Duncan Designed PUP's in this guitar are way better and, I would have to say a very strong selling point on this instrument.
After I received this instrument I did a very small truss rod tweak, new set of Dadario 9-42's, lowered the action,and, checked the intonation which was dead on. I then put her through my amp and, after several tuneups because with new strings you must stretch them at least 3 times before they quit stretching and, then they will remain at pitch. I gave this instrument about a 2hr. workout going through all the pickup positions and, clean, overdrive, and heavy distortion settings on the amp and, not only did it stay in tune but the the sounds were powerful and, had just the edge that I was looking for.
For an inexpensive import guitar I was very Impressed.
To get an instrument of this quality with all the features it has to offer It's hard to believe what it sells for, It's almost a gift. I still can't believe it, It's like a treasure hunt. If you haven't tried a Squier I would say grab one and, see for yourself.

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intonation problems

Maybe I just got a bad guitar. I have had this guitar gone through 3 times by a very good guitar tech. I can't get this thing intonated any better than barely acceptable....Read complete review

Maybe I just got a bad guitar. I have had this guitar gone through 3 times by a very good guitar tech. I can't get this thing intonated any better than barely acceptable. I am an active musician, and had money not been an issue when I bought this, I wouldn't say this guitar is a good instrument to use for gigs. It's a cheap guitar that isn't bad for a beginner to play. The pickups don't sound bad,the mini humbucker is muddy I rarely use it, but the single coils sound nice. It will be the last squier I buy, but there are worse guitars out there. In my opinoin this sounds like a cheapo you could buy at hastings.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Surprised

Overall this is quite a decent guitar, yes it will probably need a little setup but, after that plug her in let er' rip. As far as the Squire decal on the headstock just look at the Tele shape and feel of the neck and, you won't mind at all. The sounds and, playability of this instrument are the real things that matter and, if you're a true musician you'll make er' smoke.
I was looking for something new and different and, came across this guitar. All of the Fenders that I own are made in the USA so I was a little sceptical of this instrument but, the price and, the features kept me interested. So after a lot of reading of reviews and, a lot of other info about this guitar I just had to give it a try.

I do own some import guitars and, truthfully I have to admit they are pretty darned good. This one here is no exception. The fit, finish, and workmanship that goes into this instrument is way better than I expected. The Duncan Designed PUP's in this guitar are way better and, I would have to say a very strong selling point on this instrument.
After I received this instrument I did a very small truss rod tweak, new set of Dadario 9-42's, lowered the action,and, checked the intonation which was dead on. I then put her through my amp and, after several tuneups because with new strings you must stretch them at least 3 times before they quit stretching and, then they will remain at pitch. I gave this instrument about a 2hr. workout going through all the pickup positions and, clean, overdrive, and heavy distortion settings on the amp and, not only did it stay in tune but the the sounds were powerful and, had just the edge that I was looking for.
For an inexpensive import guitar I was very Impressed.
To get an instrument of this quality with all the features it has to offer It's hard to believe what it sells for, It's almost a gift. I still can't believe it, It's like a treasure hunt. If you haven't tried a Squier I would say grab one and, see for yourself.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"The Mighty Telecaster: The "Polygraph" of Electric Guitars"

By Bernardo Gui

from Arlington, Virginia 22204

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KILLER GUITAR.
HUGE BANG FOR THE BUCK !
My wife bought this guitar for me for Xmas 2011. I had been "looking" at this guitar for a few months.....reading reviews & such. Well I got one for Xmas. Gotta say for the most part I'm impressed. As a former employee of a "famous" luthier based out of Stevensville, MD., I have a "keen" eye for guitars. THIS IS A HUGE BANG FOR THE BUCK ! Sure this guitar has some "issues": sharp edges of the frets & some "marginal" hardware. Having said that: this guitar stayed in tune and performed marvelous after I changed the stock strings, dropped the action & "tweaked" the neck. This guitar surpassed my expectations. THIS IS A GOOD GUITAR ! Of course I'm gonna "mod" this guitar: PLEK the neck, MOP pickguard, locking Fender machines, bone nut, chrome Tele knobs. Interestingly enough the pickups sound pretty darn good. I was "pleasantly" surprised. Because on "budget" guitars most pick-ups sound bad. These sound good. Real good. I ALWAYS swap out pick-ups on my guitars. Don't think I'll have to on this one. This guitar is basically a "Poor Man's" Brent Mason Guitar. It has the "Nashville: set up. ALL the pick-ups sound good. The mini humbucker in the neck is KILLER ! The outta phase sounds are top notch. Gotta give it to Fender on this one: for what this guitar is & right outta the box.....IT'S A HOME RUN !!!!
Sharp fret edges.
Some marginal hardware.
Marginal pot on the volume control.
A NO BRAINER HOME RUN !!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Damn Good

By Tele Savalas

from Denver, CO

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I have Arctic White one made in India and I'm wondering if they didn't make some elsewhere, based on some of these reviews. Also I think mine was made in 2006-7 so maybe someone can figure that out. Well first, I received it with a fair setup but I took some relief out of the neck and that put the string height about right for me, about .0010 mid neck fret. Action was not ridiculously high though to start. Intonation check was near spot on and very slight adjustment on one or two saddles nailed it. It had what I call fair strings but I replaced them after a few weeks. It stays in tune for weeks or very near so and if it goes out, all strings stay in tune just flatten slightly and evenly so somethings right here. Also this guitars finish is nearly perfection--all of it! I did find one pinhead sized dimple like imperfection, nearly unseeable, frets wires had perfect finish tops and ends very smooth. The sounds and tone are there and have many selectable voices. I play some classic rock, blues, country and have those paletes right here and I can get some heavy metal and grunge sounds, but I don't do that actually. I've had a couple of Affinitys. Good lil guitars, but after smoothing fret wire and putting on a nice 3-ply pickguard and maybe a couple of pickups I actually had less guitar with that than this one. At $300 plus (back then) you may swollow hard, but I know now it beats the "go cheap" and then mod route. By the way, I think there is variability in these pickups manufacture too because mine sound as good as USA and Mex at GC. I've played and listend. I heard no where near $1000 or more difference. I do use a tube amp and can't comment beyond that as my music store comps were also on tube equipment. I was about to throw down $800+ on another guitar until I played this, and settled on this. The only draw back is that it 10 pounds of guitar and my back is pretty bad. But rewally nothing like it at the stores I went to. Try one and if it isn't like this description, somethings changed in the manf. vendor contract I guess. When I open the case, some jawdropping and compliments usually follow--stunning guitar. If someone stole this one, I would consider killing that thief! Well, maybe not.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Multi-instrumentalist

By DayGlo

from Churvul, NC

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I bought this thing used; the pick up configuration got my attention. There are a lot of sound options here. I'm partial to the neck/middle pick selection. This thing is very warm and crunchy. Playing it through a Fender Blues Deluxe with a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive and a Boss Blues Driver to add a little dirt.

Quality: Is this seriously just a Squire? I don't have an American Fender Tele, but I've played several and own a few mid-high end offerings from other manufactures. I really don't have any complaints about this Tele and the play-ability or finish and quality-wise, is better than my MIM Strat.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Out F--- standing!

By Bucky Duster-.W3TL

from Baltimore, MD (Music City MD)

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I ordered one of these on speculation since I enjoy the little Squier 51 I got last year.The Squier SSH Telecaster is in an entirely different category. This is a very well made and well appointed instrument. The unit I got (OK, I had to wait for it due to back-order) has far surpassed my expectations, especially considering the price tag.I almost always modify Telecasters (Franken-Tele), but I find nothing that NEEDS to be done to this one. In fact, it's a much "tighter" guitar than my very first (pre-CBS) Tele.I would recommend this guitar to anyone, for just about any music style.I find the neck mini-humbucker to really excel at either a Chicago blues sound or (back off the gain a bit) even a parlor JAZZ tone. The Bridge pickup is Classic Telecaster edge. The Strat pickup is bright, crisp and "dry" enough not to lose that character when used in combination with the other two pickups.There's just nothing to complain about.Bravo Squier for making such a high quality instrument at such a low price.Bravo for offering this guitar at a price that no one else can touch.This is a keeper for sure!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WHOAAAA BUBBA !!! Worth the wait.....!

By Teletwanger-yAnJh

from The Republic of Texas

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I ordered this guitar in Oct 2010 and it was backordered, I recieved it the first week of Febuary 2011.......it was worth waiting for!!!!!! I own 3 other Squier guitars (CV'50 VB, BSB & CVC) that I am very pleased with. This is another great guitar from Squier. The Duncan Designed pups are absolutely terrific!! Right out of the box it required minimum setup, the "worst issue" was the fret ends(I had read this in earlier reviews). I simply cleaned them up a little and put a little "roll" along the length of the fretboard(about 45 mins)..........the VM features the "reversed" control plate, very nice touch. The only bad news is this particular model has been "discontinued" I'm assuming in the Olympic White........surely they won't quit making this guitar!!!
Fret ends a little sharp
Outstanding overall fit & finish
Great guitar for the money

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ForeverAtLast

By ForeverAtLast-HM1Hf

from Brazil, IN

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Overall, it's a great guitar. But, dont expect to keep the original neck. Order an actual Fender neck and enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed.
Pretty decent for the money. The pickups sound excelent for what they are. However, i did take out the bridge pickup and replace it with a Dimarzio Tone Zone T. Now it sounds the way it should.
Ok, honestly the body of the guitar is very nice. The hardware, also very nice. Tuners are great, bridge is great, pots are very great, so on. The neck, well, dont get me started.... Nothing but trouble...
It'd be worth this price if the neck wasn't literally a piece of balsa wood with some frets thrown on it. What a disappointment... Even a proffesional luthier couldn't do anything with it... But, the body, electronics and paint are fantastic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good but with a few minor issues

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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I would give this a 9 but for the fret ends and setup out of the box.
Nice pickup combo - especially the mini-humbucker in the neck. Comes with a 5-way switch with the same pup combinations like a Strat. The Duncan Designed are nice - designed by Seymour Duncan but built over seas to save on costs. Still - nice feature for this price range.
A few quality issues. Setup from the factory isn't that good and the fret edges are a bit sharp so it will need to be re-setup and have the fret edges smoothed a bit. If you are not adept at doing this you will need to pay (usually about $25 for a setup and maybe another $25 to smooth the fret ends).
Great value for the money. You get a nicely finished Tele with a great pickup comination with better than stock pups - so i would call this a great value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Opinion of an old pro

By InKrimminator

from Lexington, KY

This is an awesome product! I have traded many good guitars over the years, but this is the best deal I have ever seen. With the bridge pickup I can growl with the country Teles, with the two back pickups I can mimick the Strats, and with the front pickup I can even flirt with the Gibsons. I adjusted the middle pickup for better balance and then added a brass nut and Bigsby vibrato just for grins. With this combination I can create more diverse sounds with just one guitar than with any other configuration in existence. For my hands, a Telecaster neck is far superior to the Strat's, and so I see this as the ultimate guitar for party and club work. And it easily fits a working musicians budget!

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just Not Good Enough

By Jon Grindstaff

from Lexington, KY

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I almost purchased this guitar because it put me in the mind of Ben Gibbards G&L guitars. I was obviously not thinking clearly when I took it from the shelf. The pickups are acceptable, but I run through a valvetronixs and I can really get any sound I want out of most guitars. The part that shut this guitar down for me was the fret work. Some one wished death upon the poor soul purchasing this instrument. They were literally so sharp you could give yourself a good gash if you were doing a slide. I tried it out for a bit longer and was still disappointed in all aspects of this instrument. The Classic Vibe Tele with the binding is much better.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Let me tell ya...

By PSONeal

from Bellbrook, OH

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...I wrote back in 2009 about this guitar saying how much I loved it after getting a bone nut added and the fret edges filed a bit...well, it's 2011 and I gotta tell ya...this is a guitar I am keeping forever. I love it. The only other mod i did was to add a Dimarzio bridge pick up and remove the middle pick up ( just don't need it)...also i now have a 3-way switch...so I guess i would've been happy with the SH model...ANYWAY...this is still my favorite guitar...sure I'd like to get a "real" Tele someday, but I'm just not financially able...Let me tell ya, though: this is all the Tele I need! Fantastic tone, sweet playablility, it's just perfect...Through my Fender Blues Jr. it is just phenominal...So yes, you'll probably want to do some mods, but with all the money I've put into my Tele, it's still less tht a Highway One, and I love it more that any of those tht I've tried at music stores. I would give my Tele all 5's...the lower ratings were based on how it was when purchased...hope this helps!

 
4.0

wow, i'm impressed

By zepman62

from Custer, Mi

I picked this thing up, and i'll tell ya, I won't have a problem playing a squire ever again. You have a combonation of the grunge of a les paul and the coils on a strat. It's amazing. The price also blew me away. Best deal for the money I've spent. Wouldn't change a thing.

 
5.0

I love this guitar.

By Pedroyyz

from Dayton, Ohio

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After I had the intonation set and a bone nut put on (replacing the plastic one), I have been absolutely amazed by this guitar. I was a bit worried at first about how well it was going to stay in tune, but after have that little bit of work done, it not only tunes perfectly, but it stays in tune for days and days on end. I'll pull the thing out of the case at a practice or gig and it's still in tune (or maybe needs just a few slight tweaks). I also had to have the edges of the frets file a bit...they we very rough. OK...enough about what was very slightly wrong. Bottom line: I LOVE THIS GUITAR. I made the comment to several people now that, I feel almost guilty...it's like I got a thousand dollar tele, it just says "Squier" instead of "Fender" and, yes, it was made on the other side of the planet (India), but....WOW. I just couldn't be happier. It plays like a dream, the tone is FANTASTIC, the pick-ups are OK (perhaps I'll replace them someday, but there's no rush, they're pretty good), and it feels and looks BEAUTIFUL.

 
5.0

AWESOME AXE!

By Kris K.

from Redding, CA

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WOW, what a great guitar! I bought this instrument thinking it would be a "beater" that sat in the corner but once I received it, I was blown away by the quality. I am a typical Ibanez player (Jems, RBMs, S-Series, etc) and have always preferred the flat Wizard style necks and thought that it was a gamble buying a Telecaster, no less a Squier Telecaster. This guitar has shattered all preconceived ideas about buying "cheap" guitars. The pickup configuration is what sold me on this. Great tone, especially for soloing. The guitar is perfect now, having replaced the stock tuing machines. I upgraded to Schaller/Fender locking machines and all is well. If you want a great playing and sounding guitar for very little money; this it your axe.

 
5.0

6 string psycho

By 6 string psycho

from brooks, KY

For the money-you cant beat this tele !! the bridge pickup could stand to be a little more powerful ( like a seymour duncan five two tele bridge) and the other 2 pickups get the job done. i have a 58 tele, also a 68 tele and a baja tele. this tele dont sound as good as them but it does remind you of the old tele"s. it even has the string through body indtead of the through the bridge which i didnt expect. but over all i was floored by how good it played and sounded. of course you have to set it up at first ( took me about 10 minutes ) i plan on getting the white one next and changing the bridge pickup. again -for the money , you just cant beat it !! if your low on cash and want a good sounding and good quality tele. this is for you--buy it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not my bag...

By Peter Buck's Student

from Georgia

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Well made, interesting idea with the pickups, but I find this Tele very unlike other Teles. I guess if you like a heavy, thuddy sounding humbucker, this guitar is for you, but this isn't my thing. It's mostly all about the humbucker, because the other sounds, like the two single coils together, aren't too nice.

 
5.0

Wait,,,, Squier?

By YSquierman?

from Massachusetts

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I'm a lefty, so I didn't actually get to play it. But someone did, and I got to see it, and hear it in person. And I could not believe that this thing was a Squier. I was a Squier hater from the beginning of my guitar hobby, to the day a saw this masterpiece in the store. (I also wasn't a big Tele fan either). This guitar has got the works! It does not deserve to bear that stain that says "Squier" on the headstock. To me, Squier says amiture. But if you just put Fender on the headstock, you could easily fool anyone! Great design, and idea by the guys at Fender.

 
5.0

It's really nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played this guitar at my local guitar store and it was nicer than I though it would be. The humbucker in the neck is so thick and warm sounding it just sounds amazing clean. The bridge pickup is very nice dirty and clean. The only problem I had with it is that the strat pickup seemed a little useless and it was too weak for me. Over all it was a good guitar.

 
4.0

Squier TelaCrasher

By Mike-6yzbA

from Ohio

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The Squier Vintage Modified telacrasher is a nice guitar Crafted in India. I was Impressed with its playability and sound. The pick ups allow for various tonal qualities. The neck action is good. The strings are not set too high.I like the reversed selector switch. It almost has the aura of a sitar. This guitar is made from indian red cedar, and it feels dense and exotic like a tiger in the indian jungle. I would like to see a orange and black tiger stripped model or just the natural cedar with orange or green tint. The price is a little high right now, but this is a guitar for the international asian market. And India is going to make it rock better than the Karma Sutra!

 
5.0

Tele review

By Teleguy2009

from Brewster, NY

This is the biggest bang for your buck ever! I have played many different guitars including Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, PRS, Peavey, and others. This guitar is better than most Squiers, and many Fenders. I play a Crate RFX200S, and an Ampeg Rocket 2, this guitar sounds Sweeeet! The pickups are amazing, and offer many different sounds due to the mini humbucker and pickup selection combinations. The only problem is that the edges of the frets are really sharp(easy fix with a file). I use to dislike Squier due to poor quality control. This guitar is made in India and the quality is very good. If you want an awesome and different Telecaster, than this is for you!!!

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