NGD: Affinity Pack Sunburst Tele

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by danzigdan, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. danzigdan

    danzigdan Squier-Meister

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    Feb 10, 2014
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    81A3D771-3485-4862-AD9D-621C5D6B57C3.jpeg Always look out for the 22 fret/string-thru Teles from the Affinity Pack and don’t see many. As someone else posted recently other than the 22 frets this feels a lot like the current Bullet FSR’s. Although I think the bridge pickup in this one sounds a tad better than my sparkle.

    And I’m getting a brand new hard case as this one was SUPPOSED to come with one that mysteriously disappeared.
     
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  2. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    love those affinity pack guitars - 22 fret and string through are big improvements to the regular affinity :)

    HNGD!
     
  4. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Looking good !
     
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  5. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY

    Dibbs if you don't like it - we're neighbors ! ! ! Dan shoots - he scores ! ! ! Killer Dude ! ! A Hearty Congrats !
     
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  6. burke

    burke Squier-Meister

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    Apr 26, 2014
    florida
    Didnt know these existed. What colors did they come in?
     
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  7. danzigdan

    danzigdan Squier-Meister

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    Butterscotch blonde and sunburst. There is a FSR Butterscotch in the new Bullet Tele series that is similar, but only 21 frets.
     
  8. Hotrodleroy

    Hotrodleroy Squier-holic

    Dec 7, 2011
    USA
    I had one of the butterscotch blond one's, it was more of a solid color, liked it a lot, but some ding-dong took a flat bladed screw driver to the neck pocket making for a high action. Only fix was to reroute the neck pocket and glue in a spacer, which was more trouble than it was worth for what I had in it.
     
  9. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    the wood match is a little fugly - but I bet it sounds and plays good ! ! !
     
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  10. nicod98

    nicod98 Squier-Nut

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    Jul 9, 2014
    Belgium
    I use these super light Affinity guitars for testing different pickups. They are great and SUPER light!
     
  11. danzigdan

    danzigdan Squier-Meister

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    Feb 10, 2014
    NYS
    I'd say this guitar is a tad lighter than the red sparkle Bullet Tele I have. One of these days I'll get a scale.
     
  12. mikm

    mikm Dr. Squier

    Jun 4, 2012
    NY
    Yeah, I love the maple necks on these and for what it's worth they are pretty much full size at the nut unlike the Affinity Tele not sold in the pack that has the 21 fret neck. Those are a bit more narrow at the nut.
     
  13. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
    Texas
    With the full width nut, 22 frets, and plastic truss rod hole liner, is there any difference between the affinity pack tele neck and a mim fender tele other than the tuners and the label (and the price, of course)?
     
  14. SquireNV

    SquireNV Squier Talker

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    Sep 30, 2018
    Nevada
    Just like mine. Love it.
     
  15. nicod98

    nicod98 Squier-Nut

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    Belgium
    Don't get me wrong: I think the Pack Affinity is GREAT! But it's not in the same league as a MIM. The differences in quality of the hardware go further than just the tuners. Metal is different, chroming exists in many qualities, pickups also have a quality level, as do pots, ... The body is still thinner than a MIM (which might change resonance too). Also the nut quality will differ.

    Does that account for the full price difference? I don't think so, part of that difference is caused by the difference in labour cost, but also by marketing (and the quality of the Fender decal, which is always better than a Squier decal :D).

    Qualitywise differences between a MIM Player and a Classic Vibe are a lot smaller than between a MIM and an Affinity, but so is the price difference.
     
  16. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-Nut

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    HNTD! That's a sharp lil Tele right there, hoss... Lol... And I thought I didn't dig sunburst Teles... So much for that... Lol...
     
  17. mikm

    mikm Dr. Squier

    Jun 4, 2012
    NY
    I believe MIM had a 21 fret neck. The neck on the MIM also had a better feel with more attention paid to the fret ends and as I remember more of a rolled edge with a slightly chunkier feel. I only played the Affinity Pack Tele in the shop when they came out so I'm not sure how they all were in general!
     
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  18. nicod98

    nicod98 Squier-Nut

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    Jul 9, 2014
    Belgium
    The New MIM Player series has 22 frets... and I hope a guitar three times as expensive has better fret work ;) (don't have a Player, but the Standard certainly had a better fret job :cool:)

    But, since they are no longer produced, the pack Affinity is only available on the second hand market. The 21 fret top load Affinity is now produced in Indonesia, and IMHO is now better than the previous incarnations.
     
  19. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
    Texas
    Never mind. ;-)
     
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