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    Squier Affinity Telecaster Special Electric Guitar, with Maple Fretboard

    Web Item #SQU0310203

    New, Butterscotch Blonde
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    Overall User Ratings

    Overall:
    *********.* 9.4 out of 10
    Quality:
    *********.* 9.3 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    ********** 9.8 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    ********** 10 out of 10
    Features:
    ********** 8.5 out of 10
    Value:
    ********** 9.9 out of 10
    Sound:
    *********.* 9.1 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    *********.* 9.2 out of 10

     

    User Reviews for Squier Affinity Telecaster Special (Maple Fingerboard)


    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********10 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

    90% of users found this reviews helpful (10 votes).

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    By a customer from highstream.net

    Submitted: 2/11/2006

    Style of Music: Rock

    Experience: Hobbyist

    "DON'T PASS THIS UP."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Excellent clear, telecaster tones, comes with Fender strings too. Almost plays itself, good action and sustain. Pickups are A-OK given the price range.
    Feature:
    Good quality tuners, nice pickguard, typical telecaster knobs and other appointments. Very lightweight, easy to play. Heard some negative things about Squier, took a chancce, and was very pleased with this guitar.
    Quality:
    Butterscotch finish was perfect, no dings or scratches anywhere, no loose parts, strings just needed a few turns to get tuned. Played in 5 minutes right out of the box. Appears to be sturdy and very lightweight.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Received by mail from on-line retailer, packed very well, no damage.
    Value:
    For the price, the sound, appearance, and features are excellent.
    The Wow Factor:
    Butterscotch finish is very attractive, style is eye-catching.
    Overall:
    Will keep this one a long time, plays and sounds real good! They say Squier is not so good, but their Affinity series is the exception - this Affinity axe proves it !
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********7 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********8 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********7 out of 10

    89% of users found this reviews helpful (9 votes).

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    By a customer from comcast.net

    Submitted: 9/19/2008

    Style of Music: Jazz & Blues

    Experience: Hobbyist / Active Musician

    "Ultimate BANG for the buck!!!!"

    Sound:
    Neck pick up sounds great....nice & mellow. Bridge has that Tele twang....biting tone. Middle position is nice & "chimey". I was very surprised at how good these pick ups sounded. Clean or distorted!
    Feature:
    Standard Tele features. Just a good bare bones guitar. Very versatile. Another thing that surprised me: The volume & tone knobs both have a steady roll off! No sudden JUMPS in volume or tone.
    Ease of Use:
    Very easy to play. I love this guitar...
    Quality:
    Again....shocked at how you can get such a quality guitar for the price!!! I've been playing for close to 30 years & I've owned Gibson, Fender, Ibanez, etc....
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't dealt with them....
    Value:
    Very happy with the Affinity tele.
    The Wow Factor:
    Get it!
    Overall:
    Again.....GET IT!
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********10 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

    80% of users found this reviews helpful (5 votes).

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    By a customer from lullie.com

    Submitted: 1/16/2005

    Style of Music: Rock

    Experience: Hobbyist

    "Absolutely more than I paid for!"

    Sound:
    Sound is simply awesome! I guess you could characterize it by saying it has a very rich sound when amped. With an effects panel, it's killer as well. Basically, this guitar is great for any style of music from Jazz to Metal! VERY Happy with this guitar!
    Feature:
    For the price, I can't complain. Everything's there. The pickups are high quality and the butterscotch finish is beautiful!
    Quality:
    Only complaint is that one of the tiny screws on the bridge was missing when it shipped to me. It must have come loose during shipping and (luckily) ended up stuck to a piece of tape in the package. Finding that tiny screw in that big package was shear luck but SDM was going to ship me a brand new replacement if the screw didn't turn up. Pretty cool!
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't had to deal with support yet but Fender is supposed to be top notch.
    Value:
    I've seen and played around with a lot of "good deals" but you'd be hard-pressed to beat this guitar in quality for the price. Would have easily paid double for this guitar!
    The Wow Factor:
    It's definately a "WOW" guitar in looks and sound quality. Already had several "Wows" since I bought it a week ago.
    Overall:
    I think I'll be keeping this one for a long time.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********7 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********8 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

    100% of users found this reviews helpful (4 votes).

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    By a customer from hotmail.com

    Submitted: 5/22/2010

    Style of Music: Classic and original rock

    Experience: Hobbyist--25 years

    "Squire?! Hell yes, Squire! They did it!"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Three-way selector switch gives fatter and sharper tones passably, the sharp being by far the best. Plays very well through a Marshall in clear or distorted settings. Surprisingly bright sounds through distortion with its single coils. While real Fender strats have better tone range and superior fat, clean tones, this Tele Affinity doesn't drop the ball piercing the distortion and delivering an articulate sound, comparable to any good strat I've played. Volume and single tone knob nothing to pay attention to anyway, though the tone knob has some limited effect. Mess with new pickups if you want to get wild, but the body is well-crafted enough to make it worthwhile. In the final analysis, one gets the ringing Tele sound, and I am not disappointed when I plug in and turn it up.
    Feature:
    "Features" is always a tricky category. With this Affinity Telecaster, set the tone knob to full, click the selector switch down to bright, let the amp and pedals do the work, and just play. Locking tremolo set-ups and whammy bars are enticing, and I have them on some of my guitars, but few people truly need them, and fewer people know how to effectively employ them, and I'm no great exception. Buy a cheap guitar, you'll get a cheap tremolo--keep it in mind, no matter how cool it looks. My friend of 20 years is a professional pianist and guitarist of virtuoso ability. He plays the classical composers for fun, and can play rock from Zappa to King Crimson in his sleep. I've never seen him use a whammy bar. A string through body and a static bridge gets you farther in my opinion.
    Ease of Use:
    Piece of cake to play however you're positioned. Light enough for younger players but not child-sized. All-important low action on the strings, quick neck, holds its tune--a great rhythm guitar, however you're forming or picking the chords/notes, particularly for the player starting out or for the intermediate player. An old hat like me, 25 years of playing and composing daily, finds this model nothing but fun. Plug it into a decent amp, which you should be able to afford given the Affinity's low price.
    Quality:
    The maple neck is not glossed, but I've found just how wonderfully refreshing that is, the natural wood feel, that nonetheless slides perfectly smoothly. Equally, the maple fretboard feels and operates nicely as a modestly polished wood. No junk fret placement or tuning pegs, and solidly assigned neck and silver hardware to the body, which is lighter than a standard telecaster but not insubstantial to hold, and the whole thing is set off by a brilliant butterscotch gloss, revealing an alder wood grain underneath, complimented by an understated black pick guard, well attached. Attentively made all around!
    Manufacturer Support:
    I have not had to contact Same Day Music on the condition of any instrument I ordered from them, and I've ordered quite a few (all arrived in excellent shape). I once had to cancel an on-line order, and the customer service representative was extremely helpful. I re-ordered my instrument on-line the next week and got it in two days. So, based on my past experience, good work, Same Day Music. They always deliver spot on.
    Value:
    Had you offered me an instrument by Squire for free last week, I wouldn't have bothered. Squire has traditionally been the low end of the low end of Fender products. I won't now try to convince anyone Squires match up with high end American strats, Gibsons, or the like. But when I was a kid, any guitar under $200 had strings three inches off the fret board and strayed to a tuning that defied the laws governing sonic principle. Not so with the Squire Affinity Telecaster model. A light bodied guitar, well constructed, and should remain solid over time. It is minimalist, but not trash. Has anyone picked up one of the $1200 Rickenbacker's lately? Feels like a piece of K-Mart plastic. I swear, I'd take the Tele Affinity for $179. They aren't Lennon's Ricks anymore.
    The Wow Factor:
    The guitar is quite pleasing to look at and this model's aesthetic scheme has quickly endeared itself to me. I have always thought Telecasters were the most butt-ugly design ever come up with. As a professional illustrator, it offended every sense of line, proportion, and use of space I've held to. But the silver hardware and black guard set against the immaculate butterscotch and natural wood work in concert to make the design pop. It overcomes itself and draws you to play it. It's a sharp little machine that will catch some eyes. The instrument looks like something snatched out of Keith Richards' hands.
    Overall:
    I own guitars and bases by Charvel, Fender, ESP, BC Rich, Ovation, Jackson, Epiphone, Hofner, and Takamine. I stumbled into a music store and for fun played 3 Telecaster models: The low-end Tele Affinity, the $500 Tele, and the high end Tele model. You can feel the quality difference in the higher grade instruments--and yet, I was drawn back to the Tele Affinity by Squire. Fooling around with it for a while, I fell for it in a way the other models, no doubt a cut above, did not engender. Don't expect this guitar model to be in Eddie Van Halen's closet, and don't imagine it will make you Mr. Van Halen. But it's a steal for its price range, and an enjoyable addition to any collection, one I wouldn't feel self-conscious to play, or feel limited by what it offers. Take a chance. A disbeliever is glad he did.
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