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Squier Affinity Telecaster – Starter Guitar

squier affinity telecaster

The Squier Affinity Telecaster has a basic simplicity that makes it an eminently playable guitar.

For the beginner looking for a basic entry level guitar the Squier Affinity Telecaster has a lot to recommend it.

The Telecaster, when introduced in 1950, was largely credited as being the first commercially available solid body electric guitar.  For many years guitar manufacturers had experimented with solid body electric guitars but it was Leo Fender that really cracked it.  Initially launched as the Broadcaster and later to became the Telecaster its simple design and basic electrics won it a huge and appreciative audience.  Other models such as the Stratocaster have perhaps eclipsed the reputation of the Telecaster but, for many, this basic little guitar has no competition.

I have to admit at this point that when I first started playing the guitar in the late 80s it was the super strat style guitars with locking tremolos and humbuckers that drew all of my attention.  In fact I openly scoffed at the basic Telecaster with its two single coil pick-ups and fixed bridge, it just was not turbo charged enough for my taste.  However, since trying one out a few years ago I have to say that the Telecaster is a more complex guitar than the simple design suggests.  From scoffing at the Telecaster I have moved to being a major fan.  The Telecaster is just a great guitar to play, rock solid intonation, great versatility in sound quality and a comfortable neck this is a guitar that just screams out to be played.

However, the Fender Telecaster is not a cheap guitar.  For those of us who perhaps cannot stretch to afford a genuine Fender Telecaster the Squier versions are the next best thing.  The Squier Affinity is the entry level range and for the price they look good.

What can you expect from the Squier Affinity Telecaster?

Obviously the body shape needs no introduction, with its simple single venetian style cutaway and minimal contouring this is a basic body which is compact, well balanced and comfortable to both hold and play.  The Squier Affinity Telecaster body is cut from Alder which is a good quality tone-wood used on budget guitars.  The guitar comes in a range of finishes but the 2 tone sunburst is my particular favourite.

The 21 fret bolt on neck is made from maple and has the traditional C shape profile which is comfortable to play and surprisingly quick.  My only gripe is that I am not a big fan of the glossy polyurethane finish on the neck.  It is not a major issue but I tend to find that the polyurethane finish can be a bit “sticky” with my hand not flowing smoothly up and down the neck.  This however might just be a peculiarity of my hand!

In terms of electrics you have the basic Telecaster layout of two single coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions.  The pick-ups are accessed through a 3-way blade selector switch and there are master tone and volume dials.

The fixed bridge is a 6 saddle top load Tele bridge which provides rock solid intonation.  If you hate tuning guitars this is the ideal bridge for you.

What does the Squier Affinity Telecaster sound like?

Plugged in the Squier Affinity Telecaster is a great sounding guitar.  From simple punchy clean tones to chunky rhythm the Telecaster is a versatile instrument.  I would go as far as to say there is no other guitar that sounds quite like the Telecaster.  The only thing this guitar struggles with is extreme distortion.  With the gain turned up high the single coils struggle and start to sound muddy and indistinct.  However, if you are after extreme gain the Telecaster would perhaps not be the guitar of choice.

To sum up the Squier Affinity Telecaster is a great guitar.  Don’t be fooled by its basic design and simple styling.  This is a guitar that is extremely versatile with lots to offer.  If you are looking for an entry level guitar that will be with you throughout your playing life then you should really give this guitar a play. To find out more about this great guitar click on the link below.

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