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Offline MPetten

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Affinity telecaster?
« on: August 28, 2017, 06:10:06 pm »
Ok so I have a bit of a pickle. I'm looking for a telecaster to go along with my current guitar, which has humbuckers. Unfortunately I'm also married and enjoy staying that way. I can get a good deal on a Squier Affinity Telecaster which won't cost so much that I'm sleeping on the couch or covering the frying pan indent in my head (I exaggerate of course lol). I've checked online and pawn shops for used telecasters but here in Nova Scotia there is nothing to be had. Should I go with the Affinity and mod it down the road or wait? Anybody have experience with these budget teles? Thanks.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 07:07:48 pm »
If you can wait, then wait but there's nothing wrong with Affinities for their price. Indonesian tend to be better than the Chinese made guitars.

Others will be along shortly tell you different and offer horror stories. :)

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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 07:46:29 pm »
They are not too bad, the worst thing is usually the tuners which tend to be a bit mediocre as regards backlash pots aren't the best and the caps are also poor but nothing too expensive.
Pickups are OK but if you must replace then Trev Wilkinson's are decent and not expensive.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 07:47:23 pm »
I am more in the if you want it now, it won't cause any issues at home and you can upgrade it yourself then why wait camp.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:22 pm »
I think for just a little more $ you could get a Squier Standard Tele, which is generally better quality. Or look for a Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified second hand. The latter 2 should last you a long time without any upgrades.

If shipping costs are prohibitive, the Affinity certainly isn't a bad option as an entry level guitar.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 01:07:23 am »
I checked and no standards are in stock anywhere and I don't like buying sight unseen. And I've looked for used CV or vintage modified. Pawn shops, kijiji, etc. No dice. New would be double the cost as the affinity. Used telecasters are rare here in Nova Scotia.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 10:43:36 am »
I own a Affinity Tele.

What I like about it:

The neck are very smooth and nice. I have normal sized hands and finger length.

The body. Just try to find one that are made out of as few separate pieces of wood as possible. It's easy to see this on the sunburst versions if you look at the back.

Ok. stuff: The tuners. Not as precise as on the Standard and the other higher end Squires. But you can live with them for a while. Still recommend to replace them when possible?

The bridge. Decent, but it won't hurt to have it replaced for a brass one later on. You will get a better sustain with a more solid bridge.

The pickups. The lipstick, neck pu sound better than the bridge one. I'm going to replace the bridge pu later on. Probably going for a cheaper Alnico IV. This is the pu that sits in the Squire Standard guitars. I like the twangy and brighter sound the Alnico have.

On the Affinity's it's also recommended to replace the potentiometers for bigger and 250K ones.

But still, the Affinity Tele is'nt bad at all. As a starting guitar it's ok. And as a base for modding, it's well worth the price tag. This, providing that you do not invest a lot of money in it. Then you can just as well buy yourself a Standard or a Classic Vibe instead.

If you can consider a Stratocaster model? Look at the Yamaha Pacifica 112V too. It's a very nice one for what you pay. Comes with a humbucker at the bridge and 2 single coils.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 07:08:01 pm »
There are far worse things than a Squier Affinity, and provided the guitar itself is in good shape, i don't see why not, though i would suggest you pick it up yourself so you can at least check for major defects.
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 05:41:30 am »
I did just that Dan. Picked up a couple in store and settled on one that felt the best to me. No major defects and the neck was nice and smooth. So far I'm enjoying it and happy with my purchase
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 09:00:40 am »
Congrats on the new Telecaster, they are a great versatile instrument, anything from jazz to rock is possible!
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 09:30:59 am »
HNG day!
I love my Tele, and as Darrell writes it does it all. Well, not so great for pop and Motown, I find it too agressive for that. But that only gave me an excuse to get a Strat ;D
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 01:33:10 pm »
Yeah I'm really liking it. I'm surprised at the pups. Better than I'd think for a budget guitar. Tuners hold tune nicely and overall it plays well.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2017, 11:31:33 am »
Congrats to the new guitar! I'm sure you will be happy with it.
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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2017, 01:49:33 pm »
I really want one of these, they look like great guitars at a very good price. You can always upgrade the pickups at a later date, but really, it's a terrific guitar for less than £200.

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Re: Affinity telecaster?
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 09:46:57 am »
Yeah, the Affinity's are hard to beat for that price tag really. And it's a good starting guitar for the beginner too. If you pair it up with a Blackstar ID Core 20 V2 amp combo you have a great practice kit for a very low cost.
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