I recently bough a Race Red Squier Affinitiy Series Telecaster. Quality may vary, but if you get a good one, they are well worth the money!! I went in originally to buy a cheap Chinese guitar combo and came out buying this one (for the price of the combo) and had to shell out more for an amp. But the real clincher was listening to Jack Pearson play one live totally stock apparently. If you're looking for a good beginner guitar, you will find that Epiphone, for instance, offers much, much better quality for the same price. The Affinity is a full scale guitar (25.5″) in the shape of a Telecaster. Best advice - get the best one you can currently afford and just play, goof off and "suck" at guitar playing.... and get one you dig so you will want to pick it up and love it. I've been playing 12 years and I just started a new hunt for a 2nd hand one. In my case, I've already poured an equal amount of money into upgrades as the guitar cost, but currently I'm still $200+ less than a new Player's Series Tele. There is nothing wrong with Squier by Fender guitars, as long as you understand what they are. I purchased a Squier Affinity combo pack for my daughter. Yes, please. Once I adjusted the truss rod and saddles, the intonation was spot on. In my case, modding was always the plan and half the fun. While the Squier doesn’t sound as nice as a Strat or any other guitar of its caliber, I find the sound to not be abhorrently far off. But they are alternatives priced somewhere between the Squier and high-end Fender. Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe are truly amazing instruments for the $. The buyer will not pay any extra fees when purchasing through this site. The tuners on this Affinity are quite decent. Made in China, typical configuration of the Telecaster, the body is Agathis, key in rosewood, two microphones simple easel … While Squier and Fender are not the same, they are brands within the same company. I can play a fair amount of songs but I’m essentially a beginner. Most professional musicians would not depend on Squier to meet their needs, but if you are a beginner they are about as close as you're going to get to a real Fender guitar without shelling out big money. All I play with is Squire. Maybe not, but if you take good care of yours it certainly could. I believe there are high emd squires and are of excellent quality. Unfortunately, quality control is something to watch out for with any guitar in this price range, and this means it's important to buy from a retailer, either online or locally, with a good return policy. Can't recommend them enough to Tele players not looking to go over the ~£400 mark. Squier fills a big need and provides an intro to playing guitar for many players. For the money, Squier guitars sound just fine. It is a level up from the basic version but below the ‘Vintage’ versions. Ever since, Squier has been the more affordable cousin of Fender guitars, being produced in China, Indonesia, India, Korea, Mexico, and Japan with cheaper materials and lower labor costs. I am totally sold on the Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe lines as they are the best bang for the buck I have seen. I play a Squier Affinity I bought used. (I did add 2 springs and blocked the trem because my daughter doesnt need a trem). I'm seriously considering buying her another guitar and upgrading the electronics in this one and keeping it for myself. Thanks God I no longer have any ego left, lol. Seriously. The best Squier guitars are in the Contemporary, Classic Vibe, and Artists Series. But I'd have to have an incentive to take out the vintage Fender pickups first. They're worth a look for a veteran player who wants to expand his collection, a beginner with a few extra dollars in his pocket, or a player looking to make the jump from a less expensive Squier. Classic 50’s Design If you appreciate classically designed guitars with historical significance, you can’t go wrong with the Fender Squier Classic Vibe 50’s Telecaster . And, it goes without saying that it has the classic Tele shape! And because my buddy purchased an expensive model it was more than adequate. More about pricing later. I am playing 40+ years acoustic and electrics, Own high quality(Martin, Taylor and Lowden) Acoustics and own MIJ Squier Strat, MIM Fender Strat and USA Strat. It sort of depends upon what you are looking for and what type of music and guitar style you like (assuming you want affordable). Fender's marketing has become more sophisticated. Overall I find this guitar to phenomenal for the money. For new musicians, this has to be pretty confusing. The only thing I've done to improve on it is to clean up the fret ends and polish the frets. The thinner neck and lighter body took some getting used to but its quite comfortable. I had to bring it home. There are a bunch of Squier guitars that, when put together with a small-wattage practice amp, make in an inexpensive first rig for a beginning guitarist for around $300. Choose your guitar wisely. I will also say, I have played many American and Mexican Strats, etc. You don't have to hunt down each individual piece of gear - everything comes in one box. I myself started off with a squire. I had 4 American Strats - while not the same quality, it was a fun guitar to play and sounded like a Strat. It packs a solid poplar body, too. I'm a longtime player who has played for something like 50 years. I ordered it from Sweetwater, the only time I had ever ordered a guitar without playing it. The Squier Affinity Telecaster is a good guitar and with a price tag that screams come and get me. Guitar Gopher (author) on November 15, 2013: Thanks for your thoughts, Deiter. These are some of the top electric guitars for intermediate players. The Squier sound is similar to the Fender sound with a few differences veteran guitar players may pick up on. I bought a Classic Vibe Tele 5 years ago and my biggest GAS regret was selling it 2 years later; now they're ~£100 more expensive new. The Classic Vibe Squiers are good looking, good sounding and great playing guitars! Great guitars and would definitely recommend them!! While the points above are sometimes true of the Bullet, Affinity and Standard lines, it’s tough to find a better guitar out there for the price. The Squier reputation varies, and people seem to either love them or hate them. Not really. But you know what i made this guitar sound like a damn good Squire. Body sizes and styles will vary slightly, not only between Squier and Fender, but also between Fender instruments from different eras. Is the Affinity Tele comparable to a USA Tele? Squier is a brand owned by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Good article. Regarding build quality, I certainly cannot speak for all Squiers but mine has no errors significant enough for me to notice. That is a little expensive for a Squier. You should do this on any guitar you purchase, but inexpensive guitars, in particular, can exhibit minor issues. I have some guitars that I don't want to touch or experiment on because they are too nice to slam around or bring to a rowdy gig. If you are a clean to blues, jazz, country or rock player then probably Fender. Another reason Squier guitars are so popular is the Fender name. There are also other specialized models with a price range higher than the Standard Model. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Squier Standard Telecaster review. I imagine I will buy other PUPs by Fender, Seymour Duncan or other to turn it into a chameleon.