Looking for the best Fender electric guitar deals? Fender offers the consumer a wide range of quality guitars. A regular Stratocaster or telecaster is quite expensive but they have lower cost instrument sin the Affinity Squier lineup.  The Affinity is a good quality instrument for a beginner of for someone who just can’t afford the higher priced guitars. Some of the best Fender guitar deals can be found with these Affinity guitars. This article looks at the Affinity Squire Telecaster model as well as other Fender Telecaster Squier models.

Fender Affinity Squier Telecaster Basics

The basic Affinity Telecaster models have an Alder body with a gloss polyurethane finish. They have a Maple neck with 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard and come with twenty one medium jumbo frets. The Affinity Telecaster has two single-coil pickups and a six Saddle top-load bridge. The guitar features one volume, one tone, and a three position pickup selector switch.  The guitar also features die-cast tuners so the instrument stays in tune easily.   The guitar comes in black, blond, red, white, and other assorted colors. A Basic Affinity Telecaster will run you about $180.00 if you buy it online through a site such as Amazon. 

Squier by Fender Affinity Telecaster Bundles

One nice thing about the Affinity telecaster line by Fender is that they produce guitar bundles. These bundles come with everything a beginner guitar player needs to get started playing. While this extra gear is on the basic side it’s nice to see it included in a package deal. In the basic Affinity Telecaster bundles you get extra strings, a string winder, a pick card, and a polishing cloth. There’s also another bundle that comes with the addition of a strap. You’ll need to buy a small amplifier to go along with your new guitar. It would be nice if they offered a bundle with an amplifier but they don’t at this time.

Other Squier Telecaster Models- Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster

Fender Squier Telecaster Classic 50s VibeCredit: Amazon

The Classic Vibe Telecaster comes with a Pine body, a maple C shape neck with a 9.5 radius. The guitar features 21 jumbo frets and two custom vintage style single-coil Telecaster pickups. The guitar ships with a vintage style strings-thru body Telecaster bridge and three brass barrel Saddles. The instrument also has a master volume and a master tone knob. The Fender Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster will run you about $350.00 when buying online at a retailer.

Squier by Fender Standard Telecaster

The Squier Telecaster Standard guitar features an Agathis body with a gloss polyurethane finish. The Maple neck has a 9.5 in radius rosewood fingerboard and the instrument has 22 medium jumbo frets. This guitar has two Alnico magnet single-coil pickups. The bridge is a six saddle strings-thru-body bridge and the guitar has one volume and one tone control. The pickup selector switch is the standard three positions on the Telecaster. This guitar will run you about $230.00 from online guitar retailers.

Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Tele Custom II 

Fender Squier Telecaster Modified Custom IICredit: Amazon

The Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II features an Agathis body with a gloss polyurethane finish.  It has a Maple C-shape neck with 7.25 in radius, a maple fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. Then guitar features two Duncan Designed P90 pickups with Alnico 5 magnets. The guitar has a six saddle strings-thru-body Telecaster Bridge. The instrument has two volume knobs and two tone controls along with a three position toggle switch. This guitar goes for around $450.00 but you can get one for as low as 250.00 from online retailers when they go on sale.

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline 

The Thinline Telecaster features a lightweight semi-hollow body with an “F” hole and a gloss polyester finish. The one piece maple neck has a 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard and 21 medium jumbo frets. The guitar has two vintage style Tele single-coil pickups with Alnico magnets. The instrument has a vintage style strings-thru-body Telecaster bridge with three chrome barrel saddles. The electronics include a master volume knob, a master tone control and a three position toggle switch. This guitar will run you around $380.00 online.

My Thoughts

The Fender Squier Telecaster lineup is quite varied with many different instruments. They also have signature models such as the Squier by Fender John 5 Telecaster. For the average player just starting out the Affinity Telecaster is a good choice since you can get it in a package deal, although you still need a small amplifier. Fender makes some great cheap beginner amplifiers that would be perfect for this guitar. Their regular standard models are a bit better but cost more. I would go with a Squier Standard Telecaster if you can afford it or a Classic Vibe. The Thinline and Modified Squier Telecasters are nice too so it’s a tough decision to make.

Buying a Squier Telecaster

My advice is to go to a guitar store if you haven’t already and play through a few of the Squier Telecaster models to get a feel for them. You can then narrow down the ones you like and make a final decision. The Squier Telecasters are very nice guitars for the price range and would make an excellent choice for a first guitar.