The Tele® Custom is an affordable hybrid of two popular Telecaster® designs. Fusing a '72 Tele® Custom with a Tele® Deluxe, this guitar features a bolt-on maple neck with a maple Fingerboard, two high-output humbucking pickups with independent volume and tone controls and a three-way pickup selector switch.
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I've had this guitar for over two years, and I've been very happy with it. I originally got it because I liked the '72 Telecaster Deluxe concept but did not like some of its specs. This guitar met my needs, with a very playable neck (I have smallish hands) and a slightly undersized body, which does not weigh me down and improves my playing more than more expensive, standard-sized instruments. Granted, it doesn't have the best pickups and it's not made of the greatest materials, but you are getting a lot of value for your money when you buy this guitar! And, of course, the pickups, hardware, and electronics can all be replaced, but what you get out of the box is actually pretty decent for the money. Something about this guitar just works--it's no wonder it's been in the Squier lineup for years.
jagoonga owns this item
This guitar is killer! I use it on clean when I'm playing jazz, and the tone is super beautiful! Then, if I'm playing rock stuff, a distortion pedal with the bridge pickup will knock you over! This is one of best guitars I've ever played, even out of vintage strats and les pauls! You get so many options with this guitar, it's incredible! This guitar is great for all players, including beginners looking for a first real electric, or a seasoned veteran player looking for a humbucking sound without a les paul price tag. I recommend this guitar for, pretty much everybody! It's just an amazingly well crafted instrument. The lead guitar player in my band likes it so much, he prefers it over his own Fender strat! Seriously, if you're looking for a guitar, GET THIS!!! :D
maxs. owns this item
I have been aware of this model for about 18 months and owned mine for about 12. I like playing rock rhythm and lead, and finger-picking for folk. I have been playing guitar for decades. This guitar allows both. The neck is slightly chunky which encourages digging in with the pick with an overdriven sound. On clean sounds there is plenty of warm tone. The action is perfect and consistent up and across the neck. The pickups are nice and usable in all three positions. The tone is warm without losing bite. No mushy tones (unless you roll off the tones pots too much). Build quality is close to perfect. A marvellous combination of Tele and humbuckers in an affordable package.
11000038 owns this item
I've had this one for about a year. Bought it second hand. This is one of 3 Squier teles I own. It came to me with Railhammer Vintage pickups in it. The sound is off the page!!!
The design and finish are great. The neck is a little chunkier than my Custom II with the P90s which I also own. A little different feel, but by no means a dealbreaker. I replaced the cheap mini-pots with full-size just liears just because, and now this thing screams. Squier has come a long way from the early days. I also have a Squier classic vibe '52 reissue blonde tele with the pine body and a SD Lil' 59 in the bridge, and would put any of these 3 teles up against ANY mexi-made, and a lot of American-made. The playability on all 3 of these is phenomenal.
JPower5641 owns this item
Been playing for just over a year now, and in that time I have had a Squier acoustic, a Squier Affinity Strat and this guitar, and I am in love with it. Everything about this guitar is great. It is great for several different genres (although I mainly play music like Green Day and Blink 182) and is fun to play. When I pick it up it is hard to put it back down again. In the time I have had this guitar I have switched out the knobs for Gibson styled speed knobs, but that is just because of my personal preference. The pickups are great also and at this time I have no intentions to swap them out. This guitar looks great, plays great and best of all is very cheap for what it is ( I picked mine up for around £260 ). I highly recommend this for people like myself who have only been playing for a short time and even those guitarist of a higher ability who are looking for a cheap but awesome guitar.
My luthier advised me to buy this guitar as a beginner instrument but it´s more than this, I have it five years ago and nowadays I can confirm that it´s the perfect instrument for an amateur player. I usually play other guitars in my teacher´s studio, including gibson, schecter or fender, and with the same amp the diference is much lower than the diference of price between them. Good guitar, good sound, good price. The cons: the big weight ( as a bass) and the influence of temperature into the guitar affination.
novs owns this item
I've bought and sold guitars in my store, over the past 13 years and the best moving "affordable" is beyond any doubt, the Fender Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom Guitar. It is a perfect guitar for beginners and intermediate players, although some local professionals I have seen, do use them on stage. A great Guitar, with an excellent price. I tell my customers "Why pay more for a USA Tele, when you can upgrade the pickups and controls on this Tele?" Go ahead, slap a USA neck on it, if it will make your ego feel better ! But for the average person, the Squier tele meets all your expectations. Best part is, for the most part, no one in the audience can honestly distinguish between the sound of a Squier Vintage Modified and a Fender USA. I have a collection of USA's, MIM's and Squiers... My wall hanger is a USA, and I treasure my MIM 92-Reissue Thin Line, but honestly, my daily player is the Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom, or my Squier Tele MIM. I guarantee you'll say its a great guitar for the money! "Go Ahead, Go Buy One, .....We'll wait for you! "
theinfideldog owns this item
Truth be told, this is my first electric guitar, since I'm mainly into bass. I went over every single piece and every single store I knew before picking this one, and I believe I'll never get another. This one is much more than what an average guitarist needs. The sound is second to none. The playability makes it easy for a baby to move around the notes. The design and hardware are absolutely brilliant. The bottom line is, I'm in love with it.
Zorbavsky owns this item
I've owned my Telecaster Custom for 5 years now, and have never been anything but happy with it. This particular Telecaster design is really Fender's and Squier's answer to a track-proven design originally featured by Gibson and Epiphone. It uses 2 dual-coil Humbucker type pickups (vs single coil) but also features separate volume and tone controls for each pickup, a la Les Paul, SG, 335, etc.. You can choose either pickup exclusively, or you can select BOTH pickups, and "blend" the two pickups, favoring one pickup over the other. The tone combinations are endless. A few other things that set it apart even from Gibsons and Epiphones: 1, It has a maple fretboard, vs rosewood or ebony; a departure from what one normally finds in that area. 2, It's string-through body design means that it still has a LOT more brightness or treble than any Gibson or Epiphone. You still have a ton of "Twang" on tap, should you desire that. I use mine through either an Egnater 15-watt Tweaker head with some pedals, connected though either a single 12" cab or 2-12" cab, and also use it through a Fender 2-12" Hot Rod Deville (aka Ampzilla!). This guitar does NOT disappoint. I would highly recommend that anyone considering getting a Telecaster, check one of these out FIRST. Of the three Telecasters that I personally own and love, this one is definitely my favorite. This is without question, one of the best "bang-for-the-buck" guitars out there. It's a permanent fixture in MY guitar collection, for sure. Two thumbs up!
bandguy58 owns this item
This was my first electric guitar. I ordered it through Musician's Friend and had it professionally set up. Initially, I loved the way the guitar played but thought the pick ups were a little muddy when I sat in with some friends during their rehearsal. After talking to them they recommended that I get a couple of upgrades which I did. I had a set of Seymour Duncan SH-2 in the neck and SH-4 in the bridge. I had the tuners replaced with a set of Hipshot locking tuners. Cosmetically, I do not like the witches hat style knobs so I replaced them with Strat knobs. That definitely did the trick. The guitar stays in tune very well and sounds great. I would say this is a great beginner guitar but with a couple of modifications, it is a great guitar period.
JaimeATC owns this item
I have owned mine for around 5-6 months now of this review. You can find these at great prices from major musical instrument stores online & offline !!
I can't say how it compares to the deluxe tele it's kinda modeled after ... BUT I do believe the pickups in this model do provide a very similar tone as to the wides in the deluxe. What you don't get in low bass you gain in mid to high bass & midrange out of them.
As far as the guitar itself ..... quality is almost perfect accept mine that I purchased has some kinda stain/resin spot on the 1st fret section of the fretboard. Otherwise, guitar is VERY accessable/playable .... in fact had a guy who owns an american standard tele say it felt & almost played better then his $2000 tele!
I've been able to play anything from jazzy kinda les paul stuff all the way thru to metal on this guitar thru my peavey vypyr 30 .... especialy nails early zeppelin & hendrix kinda stuff.
And lastly, these further become a great deal/value for those whom like modding there guitars ..... change a pickguard out, knobs or swap in some coil tappable humbuckers to get more tele tones out of it. The possibilties are endless with this guitar !!
The ONLY shame about this model is its black only ... this in white would also be very stunning, or maybe even a matching painted headstock. Otherwise .... its a must purchase weither your a beginner or professional guitar player!!
terrybear1 owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Tele® Custom, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Engraved|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Standard Humbucking|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Die-Cast|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Dot Inlays|
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