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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
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4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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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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Just Not Good Enough

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...Read complete review

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Multi-instrumentalist

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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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier Tele SSH

By moJo

from northeast Tennessee

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Great design for the price. The pickups and the 5 way switch offer a variety of awesome tones! Yes I did do a little work on it, set the intonation, B string nut was a little high in the back and buzzed a little (easy to notch with a serrated knife). Now it sounds and plays great. I like the high polish neck and I think the frets are finished good enough, a little playing always seem to smooth the edges. This is my 5th Squier, like the Strats too.

(1 of 1 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

(6 of 6 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 !!!!

(7 of 7 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.

(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 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 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.

(1 of 3 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.

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