Squier Affinity Series guitars are the best value in electric guitar design. The Affinity Series Telecaster is a solid Squier player, and new for 2013 are a two-color headstock logo, three-ply white/black/white pickguard, and eye-catching Lake Placid Blue, Metallic Red, Brown Sunburst and Gun Metal Gray finishes. Other features include two single-coil pickups with three-way switching, smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, and six-saddle top-load bridge.
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I've had a Bullet Strat for years and I just picked up a metallic red/maple Affinity Tele a few days ago, and I love her. The sheer playability of this guitar inspires me to create with it. It's a no nonsense workhorse and quite possibly my favorite guitar ever. I say this having previously owned a '59 Les Paul, a '52 Kay, 2 Honer acoustic guitars (the model names I can't remember), and currently owning a Bullet Strat with aftermarket single coil humbuckers and the Affinity Tele. Nothing has made me want to play as much as the Tele. And for the sake of quality and comfort I can say without reservation that I will never purchase anything other than a Squier or Fender guitar again. Hope the review is helpful.
DJ_Underminer owns this item
This is a good guitar, not just for the money, but in general.
After longing for a tele for a while, I bought a new Affinity Telecaster two months ago, and I was very impressed.
Overall, it's pretty well built and feels solid. My only complaint was the plastic jack plate, which didn't take long to show stress, so I replaced it with a more traditional metal jack cup. A fairly minor job.
The bridge pickup is very good sounding and powerful enough. Definitely can get the classic twang and bite, but also has good bottom end response. The neck pickup is a bit soft by comparison, so there is some volume disparity switching between the two. If not for that, I would have given a higher tone rating. Overall, it's still pretty good.
The two-tone logo and three ply pickguard are nice touches that add a little more class, as compared to my 2008 Affinity Stratocaster, which had a solid black logo and single ply guard.
I did upgrade the pots and switch, as well as drop in a TBX tone control, but if you are a beginner or even a more experienced player on a budget, who is not inclined to mess around with things, this guitar is perfectly playable and enjoyable as is.
If you are just starting out or on a budget, but want to give a Telecaster a try, I have no trouble recommending the Affinity Telecaster.
bchaffin72 owns this item
This is an update to my previous post. While everything I said previously is accurate and true, I found out that the neck pickup in my new Butterscotch Affinity Tele doesn't work. It would, provided both the hot and ground wires were soldered to the pickup, but this is not the case. The ground lead broke right at the solder point on the pickup itself. As this was a new purchase, that is to say that it was sent out faulty from the factory. Luckily, I know how to solder so it's a quick fix. If this is the only issue I come across than I'll still be more than happy with the purchase. I still say go buy this guitar and it doesn't deter me from going after the Affinity Strat next
fearuvthedark owns this item
I bought it from Sam Ash after sitting and playing it while waiting for my Firebird to be set-up. I played it for about an hour and loved the tone n twang I got out if it. The pups are a little rough but if you roll the tone back to about 5 or 6 the natural Tele sound pours out. I can't believe it was so inexpensive so I bought it on the spot. The only thing I had done was I replaced the pups with vintage Alnico 5 pups now I can play anything all night long.
I bought the butterscotch blonde color as it looks more vintage...
sgtb2000 owns this item
I actually picked this guitar up in a pawn shop for $25 dollars. I must say that it plays and sounds like a guitar worth hundreds of times that price. I have added it to my two Stratocasters and end up playing it as often as I do them. What an incredible bargain. I was actually planning on purchasing the blonde Telecaster for $179 dollars at Guitar Center when a bandmate alerted me to my pawn shop find. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned vet, you can't go wrong with this guitar.
RDrisk515042 owns this item
It's an excellent guitar if you play just rhythm and/or thumb-over like I do. The only flaw with this guitar is the bridge, particularly on the e string (highest-pitched string). If you play just straight rock 'n' roll, this is the guitar for you.
Spirit_Albarn owns this item
This guitar is my first guitar and I am happy with it. It definitely sounds like a real Fender Telecaster, although, without pedals or a really good (expensive) amp, this guitar finds it hard to reach tones higher than a weak overdrive, but for clean sounds it's great. Quite a downside is that the bridge saddles, over time, move out of place, making strings touch the pickup. But this is easily fixed with an allen key. Also, as it is Squier, its parts are cheap, therefore I broke the jack plate when accidentally bumping the guitar onto my amp. Thew guitar has nice warm tones at the neck pickup; the middle selection is also nice and twangy, and the bridge pickup is very good.
But overall this guitar is brilliant for guitarists just starting out, but experienced players should be looking at Fender models higher up the range.
Nathan Thomas owns this item
I didn't have a single-coil instrument, so I decided to re-built one of my instruments (i.c. a PRS custom) with a push-pull circuit to obtain more or less a single coil sound.
But, the effort and price can't cope with selling a complete new Squier Telecaster from the cheap range.
So I have a "new kid on the block" that joined the rest of the family..............
It's a beautifully made instrument, two tone sunburst, maple neck. It plays like hell after some minor adjustments in neck and bridge settings.
My advice: buy one if you need an "alt" next to your "main" instruments.
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I bought this as a project guitar. I planned to gut it out and use it as a shell for upgraded hardware. But I love the sound so much, I can't bring myself to change anything on it. The only things I foresee myself changing, is probably getting a new neck since the wood on the neck tends to twist and the nut is plastic instead of brass. But other than that, I love this guitar. I have a Gretsch 6120 and a 1980 Gibson ES 335, and this guitar is right on par with them in my opinion. It fills the need for a bluesy, twangy solid body guitar in my collection.
ehegger owns this item
I have a mim strat that I've thrown a lot of cash at, ...babics trem, sperzel lockers, American standard loaded pick guard, and a bone nut. It sounds and plays great but I picked up this 20th anniversary Squier affinity ..crafted in china model for my grandson....anyway...he hasn't received it yet..it a 25.5 scale and It fits me....my playing skills have improved 10 fold...have always had Fenders....just ever cared for the looks of other makes....wish Fender would make some 25.5 special runs or something....I put my mim strat stock tuners on it....and this thing stays in tune better than any of my guitars....would love to have 1 that is a fender
thumper606 owns this item
This is my 2nd Squier Tele, I have a Black HH already that sounds awesome but I wanted a traditional sc setup. I had been eyeing one of these for a long time. For the value this Tele sounds and plays as well as pricier Fenders, I've played tons of guitars this one sounds and feels just as good for very little $$ . I want to swap out the bridge and pots, but haven't yet since it sounds fine! No hum and great action! This is like my 6th guitar and its one of my favorites! These do seem to be popular and I see why! This will make a great mod platform or a great relic project or just play it fine out of the box. Beautiful finish and love the maple neck.
rbanyaga owns this item
Great guitar for performing on stage and practicing at home. I play it through a Fender mustang and like it has a good clean sound and a great dirty sound but I don't like the hum from the pickups. Out of 10 I rate it a 9 great job Fender
TelePunk9 owns this item
I picked up one of these at Guitar Center for 153.00 due to the fact it had a small ding on it and was missing the knob on the toggle switch. I played a bunch of them, and finally picked out one that seemed to play well. It became a main guitar for about 2 years until I got my Blackmore Strat.
The factory setup was okay, the nut was low enough, but the strings that came on it were hopelessly light. So I put on a heavier set. I still need to cut the screw on the low E so I can lengthen that string a little more, as in the completely back position it is still a little sharp on the 12th fret.This is a noisy little guitar, but I expected that with the single coils. The pickups are pretty loud, and they noise cancel fairly well when you run both in the middle position.
To rectify the dreaded 60 cycle hum, I replaced the pickups with Seymour Duncan Vintage Tele Stack. That quieted the guitar considerably yet kept a good tele tone.
The finish on this one is butterscotch, and it is with nary a flaw and has a nice glossy finish. The neck is a satin finish, which contrasts a little with the body. This finish is durable and I think the preferable one, as I have heard reports of paint flaking off of the other finishes.
By the time I was done modifying it, it's a good little guitar. I don't have to worry about banging it around, and it stays in tune pretty well to the point I don't have to constantly re-tune it. I've played shows with it and it has held up well.
If you are wanting to get into a tele but really don't want to spend a lot of money, this is a good option. I love this guitar, but it took some work to get it where I wanted to, but worth the effort.
Dennis Stephens owns this item
I really like this guitar. I got it originally in the guitar in Butterscotch Blonde, but now it is loaded with stickers. I really recommend it.
Guitarpro22 owns this item
Well i took a trip to reidys music store in blackburn today and returned home the proud owner of a lovely new guitar.
i have named her katy and she is a butterscotch blond affinity telecaster.
i had read a load of reviews about this guitar the vast majority of which said great things about it.
let me tell you none of them did it justice in my view.
this guitar looks, plays and sounds amazing. the satin neck is very smooth and fast an absolute joy.
the set up was great and all i needed to do was sort out a slight buzz on the D string and it was perfect.
the guitar has great sustain and tone and there arent many sounds that you cant get.
i play it through a mustang 1 v2.
the finish on the body looks good enough to eat finished off with a classic black scratch plate giving it a vintage 52 look.
all in all i am over the moon with my purchase and at £164 they are practically giving them away. ( id have paid much more for a guitar like this)
in short if i stood on top of the empire state building i could not praise this axe highly enough.
jamesstreetelite owns this item
I would have given this item a 5 star overall even though the chrome hardware is poor quality, the switches are poor quality, the screws are poor quality and all of hardware has a tendency to rust, but I can live with all of that, what I can't live with is the fact that the fret wire is of poor quality, and even the frets on the guitar catch rust, how much neat fret wire cost by the way, not much, but Fender seem to have skimmed even on this count. Please note we as guitar players can replace bridges, keys switches etc, but replacing fret wire is a tough act and this forms the very base of the guitar, hence I think not only Fender but any manufacture who makes any guitar should not skimp on this count. Overall this Guitar would have been a 5 star guitar all round if some decent quality frets were installed. My 10 year old cheap Yamaha Pacifica has better fret wire than this. This Guitar would have been great for upgrades and modding had the fret wire been of good quality, just because of the Fret wire issue I refrain from doing any further upgrades to this guitar, else I would have gone for the Fender Noiseless pickup and installed them along with better switches.
All I can say is wow. For the price, this is the best guitar value EVAH! Mine is black with maple neck. The bridge plate is not ashtray, but solid 10-guage steel with 6 solid adjustable saddles. I actually like the neck pickup, and while the bridge pickup is quite usable, for $15 I am adding an Alnico V vintage overwound 7,5K. The first major mod I did was flip the controls in reverse ala Commander Cody because the volume just seems right that way, and the switch is reverse ala Eddie Van Halen on both counts. Lots of spare wire there makes this easy. I really wanted the tobacco burst but they couldn't break up a learner set, and I was really growing attached to that particular neck. So it matches a couple of my strats now I guess. I have a left handed friend with a tele and strat who always wonders what guitar to get for a spare. This makes that simple, but he's gonna ditch the main guitars I bet.
Princeton_65 owns this item
I just started playing guitar again last week. I bought a used strat from someone on craigslist. I went to go pick up music at a local music store and asked a guy to play a few guitars for me to show me the difference in Squiers, Fenders, Gibson and Epiphones. I wasn't looking to buy a guitar until he pointed the butterscotch blonde one that I just purcashed. I can't really play much but asked him to play it and was blown away. I had him play some songs that I knew well and it was amazing. I have taken it home and played (what I can). I had another seasoned guitarist (Strat American player) I know play it and he was shocked. I bought this one color in particular because my dad built one from the ground up, so it has sentimental value to me. The tele sounds bright and is able to span the spectrum of music and adapts well. I gave it a features rating of 3 due to the Tele's simplistic design, not because there is anything missing just that it is a very simple guitar. I love it and if anything I will potentialy mod it but don't see the reason to replace it for a more expensive one. Best bang for the buck guitar that I know of.
AFENDERBENDER owns this item
I just bought mine this past Tuesday at my local Guitar Center and I could not be happier. I had been playing an Epiphone Les Paul for the better part of a year and I wanted something that was lighter on my back along with a change in sound as well. I was considering a Stratocaster but I saw this on the wall and had heard so much about it, so I decided to give it a try. I plugged it into a Fender FM 25R and was immediately blown away at the quality of it. Mine according to the serial number, was made in January 2013 which pleased me very well. It just goes to show that the quality of Squier and their products have improved immensely since moving production to China. I love the sound of the stock pickups and don't see any reason to swap them out at all. Some folks have complained about the stock 3 way pup switch being flimsy but I haven't had any issues with it at all. The only thing I'm going to change on it, is the bridge. I'm not a fan of the 6 saddle design on the top load bridge, so I have a 3 Barrel saddle topload bridge on order which will make restringing much easier. Other than that, I absolutely love this bad boy and will be using it with my band. Mind you, I'm 54 years old and have been playing for 40 years and this has to be one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played.
Telecaster God owns this item
I have been playing for 41 years and have owned a lot of Vintage Fender and Gibson Guitars. I bought this guitar used at GC for $95 because I liked the neck and the blonde body. I replaced all the hardware, switches, pots, nut, tuners and bridge saddles. First I put Seymour Duncan Antiquity 50s pickups in it and a bone nut. I then replaced the box switch with a real Fender style switch. Then I put in quality pots. I found locking tuners at GFS for $32 and reamed out the tuner holes to 10mm. I had this guitar professionally set up and when the tech finished with it, he was surprised on how well it played, sounded and the neck, which is satin poly. The frets were good and the neck was straight. After playing this guitar next two several Fender Teles I realized that I had a keeper. I could not beat this guitar out of tune and the SD Antiquity pickups were the best I have heard. I had way less into this guitar than I would if I had bought a MIM or American Tele and it was modded to exactly how I wanted my guitar to be. Though it doesn't have a string through body, didn't make a bit of difference to my overall tone or sustain. The bridge mounting holes are pretty much propriety, but that didn't matter. I swapped out the saddles for higher nickel parts and kept the base plate the same. I cannot tell you how much I love this guitar. The down side is that it has very little resale value, but I didn't mod it to sell. I modded it as an experiment that turned out better than I could have expected. The neck is a fairly chunky C shape and the body is Alder. Not much more than I can ask in an inexpensive guitar. If you are willing to swap out parts the body, neck and bridge plate are a great base to start with. This is a very much underrated guitar.... I love it.
So, I've played this guitar for about 2 months i think. It was from a friend. The quality/price ratio is great in fact. For the price, it was a good surprise. The tuners hold the tuning well. The pickups...well i liked a lot the neck one, but the bridge pickup was just too treble for me. But hey, i suppose that is what you should expect from a Tele. I've also played a Fender Classic Player Tele and it was the same thing. The input jack also seems reasonable. The pickup switch is very fragile. But now is when the thing turns interesting... this is a great mod platform! The body is from Alder and it seems as solid as a Fender; the neck and fretboard are so polished and well-crafted that i would believe it was a Fender neck; the metallic red and the butterscotch colors look damn great. You want a Fender Telecaster? This is the wise way, buy this guitar, replace the pickups (in my opinion only the bridge pickup, but that's a question of opinion), electronics, switches, tuners et voilá! You have a Fender Telecaster! Be happy with it.
This is one of my favorite Squiers. In my job as a writer for Guitar-Muse.com, I test guitars all the time. I live near a Fender dealer, so I test lots of Fenders. Since I'm a Fender guy, that poses no real hardship on me! Anyway, this Affinity Tele is a super value you can sometimes find on sale for $125-$135. Even at MSRP, this Tele is a great buy. It plays like a Tele, sounds like Tele, looks like a Tele... it IS a Tele!
That said, I'm not too fond of the "no-finish" neck although I doubt this would be a big deal in most circles. I have an '88 MIA Strat with the high gloss neck finish and I'm used to it so this flat finish feels a little strange to me. It still plays like a dream. They don't stay in the store long, I'll tell you that.
I bought the nocaster pickups before even having a guitar to put the pups on. Well I did have a good experience modifying another affinity guitar (strat with Texas Special pups) so I bought this one. And long story short this guitar ROARS. I did change pots and pickups on it and it's probably my favorite guitar (I'm just kidding, I love'em both equally). I really love the no finish maple neck and while the tuners aren't the best around, I did have some tuning stability, but I fixed it with a string lube.
It's a great guitar to modify, you'll get a great result and for a couple of hundreds, and the butterscotch blonde finish is awesome!
gugusfu owns this item
I purchased this Telecaster and as soon as I got it and plugged it in, I knew I was going to mod it. The pickups are ok but I swapped them for some noiseless pickups. I also swapped the tone pots, switch, and capasitor. After a little setup and these changes this guitar plays and sounds great. This guitar will not accept the Fender neck plate, pick guard, or the Fender bridge because the holes will not line up. This Telecaster is a great buy for someone on a budget.
tonyclark1 owns this item
You can't beat this guitar for the price, reliability, and future resale value.
As soon as you get it, put on new strings, set the pickup heights, and go thru intonation. Ones you play at the store are all gimped up and do not reflect the true sound and feel of this guitar.
BUY IT SOON!!!
hayman3347 owns this item
When I was ready to move from Acoustic to electric guitar I decided that I was primarily interested in purchasing a telecaster. I did some research and found that the Butter Scotch Blonde Squier Affinity Telecaster was well regarded on tdpri.com. Not bad out of the gate as a Squier guitar but very popular among the modders so that any changes I might want to make down the road I could be sure there was plenty of information available. So, I picked one up and played it for about a year. It has a good weight to it and I really like the smooth neck. There were no issues with fit and finish, but I did end out changing out the pots for 250 ohm ones and I put in a heaftier 4-way switch and heavier gauge strings.
MrValve owns this item
I ordered this Tele so I could set it up like Keith Richards' and have "that" sound. I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised at the tone and I absolutely love the butterscotch blonde color. While the fit and finish is not up to Fender's more expensive models, it is very good and the neck feels incredible. Hey, if you're looking for that Tele Twang but don't want to spend a bundle this guitar is the bomb.
sheldon925 owns this item
I picked this up at Guitar Center one day because I had some credit and wanted a new guitar. Soon after bringing it home I realized I had a real gem. These are great guitars and anyone who asks me about a starter guitar gets my "Squier Telecaster" speech. It's got great looks, feel and tone. I own 2 MIM Strats and one Deluxe Blackout Telecaster and this guitar holds it's own with any of them.
The only reason I didn't give it straight 5's was that the jackplug was made of fiberboard and broke within a few weeks and I could not get a replacement. Fender tried and sent me the part number they showed but it wasn't really a fit, it was metal and did not conform. No matter I had a tech at my shop just put on a plastic one, easy peasy.
I highly recommend this guitar for anyone looking to get a Tele on a budget. In fact I recommend Squier in general. They are making some great guitars.
Nnanji owns this item
I've looked at buying a Tele for a while, but had been focused on a MIM line guitar. However, I was trying to get rid of a another guitar that I owned, and after trying this guitar out in the store, I was blown away by the tone of it and traded the other guitar at a fair loss to get this instead. I'm really happy about the size and shape of the neck, which fits my hands perfectly although I know its pretty small for most people's tastes. The finish on my particular guitar is one of the nicest butterscotch blondes I've ever seen. I wish the neck was not unfinished, but that is a small nitpick for the absolute killer tone, looks and value this guitar provides.
philpm owns this item
|Model Name:||Affinity Series™ Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.6” (40.6 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Top-Load Tele|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Die-Cast|
|Control Knobs:||Dome Style|
|Switch Tips:||Top Hat Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Black Plastic Parts, Top Hat Switch Tip, Black Silkscreen Logo, Dot Position Inlays|
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