Squier Affinity Series Telecaster (SS) Solidbody 6 String Electric Guitar

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Street Price: 

$230
Squier Affinity Series Telecaster (SS)

The Telecaster is the guitar that effectively started the solid-body electric guitar revolution.

During the 1930s and 1940s several companies tried to produce a solid-body electric but none of them were commercially successful. Then Leo Fender released his design in 1950 with a single pickup under the name Esquire, then added a second pickup and sold it under the name Broadcaster but soon had to change it due to a lawsuit from Gretsch who were already selling a drum kit using that name. Thus the "Tele" as we know it today was born.

Specifications

  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Lake Placid Blue / Polyurethane (pictured), also comes in Brown Sunburst, Gun Metal Gray, 2-Color Sunburst, Black and Arctic White
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Top-Load Tele
  • Pickups: 2 x Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele
  • Neck: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Nut Width: 1.6” (40.6 mm)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup

Pros

It's hard to overstate how well liked this version of the Tele is by people who have bought for under $200. Most commendations point to its playability, tone and overall build quality.

Cons

For something that's continues to sell well, there are relatively very few complaints - most of which are from people who encountered setup and cosmetic issues out of the box.

Overall

This was once the highest rated telecaster style guitar under $200 but the price went up to more than $200 in 2020.

You can see alternatives in our guides to the Highest Rated Electric Guitars Under $200 and Under $500.

Here is a video showing the range of tones you can get from a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster:

And for some extra fun here are the Rolling Stones with Keith Richards playing his Fender Tele:

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