Who has an Affinity Tele and loves it?

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by roba03, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    You can always pick up another!
     
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  2. nicod98

    nicod98 Squier-Nut

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    Jul 9, 2014
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    I have several Affinity teles. Some are better than others, but I like them. They do need a little work sometimes...
    The Pack Affinity is my favourite...
     
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  3. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    Dec 10, 2014
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    Is there a difference between the "starter pack" and the stand alone affinity?
     
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  4. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Would love to know that as well. Don’t think I’ve ever heard of an SE Tele.
     
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  5. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    All this Tele needs is a little setup and the fret ends smoothed out. A real rocker!
     
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  6. platefire

    platefire Squier-Nut

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    Yelp, count me in. I actually value this affinity as much or more than my USA Hwy 1 tele. However it has been upgraded with a Stu Mac Golden Age Alnico 7K neck pickup, the bridge PU that came in it , don't know what it is but sounds awesome--no desire to change it. It also has a Stu Mac shielding kit installed and wiring kit. One sweet Tele. Platefire
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  7. jamndad

    jamndad Squier-holic

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    I just haven't stumbled onto one that feels as nice and, honestly, I have more guitars than I really need...........well, not honestly. :D
     
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  8. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Hi Platefire looking good! Did you tint the neck on that one. Looks real nice and vintagey.
     
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  9. platefire

    platefire Squier-Nut

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    Hey roba03

    The neck was like that when I got it from a personal friend. I think what happened is he did a fret smoothing job on it and failed to mask the fingerboard and that was the results. I grown to like it because it looks like those old vintage hard played maple board teles. BTW he did a great job on the frets because it plays smooth a butter.

    The guy I got it from is a whole other story. He's pretty well known in the Gospel Music Community by the name of Randy Miller. He got his start playing lead guitar and harp for the Kingsman out of Ashville NC. He now has his own full time music ministry with his wife Sherri. The crazy thing about him is he can play a right handed strung guitar normally and flip it over upside down and play it left handed. Never seen nobody do that before. I'm happy to have one of Randy's guitars. Platefire

     
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  10. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Looks cool and you’re friends got some great tone going on.
     
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  11. Old Crow

    Old Crow Squier Talker

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    What makes a good guitar - The name on the headstock? The price? The vintage originality? Or something that sounds, feels and plays so well that you can express yourself on it and really enjoy playing. These Affinity teles are really good guitars - and not just for students and beginners. Though I have other Teles I just love playing my Affinities because they are so..slick! With the six-saddle bridge you can set up the intonation and string heights exactly and the fretting is so good that you can get a really fine action. The die-cast tuners on mine are perfectly adequate and the top loading stringing produces a nice tight feel, even with the supplied 9's.
    The fit and finish are fine and the construction is easily the equal of anything else I have. The only thing that needed attention was a few fret ends, easily tackled with one of those sanding sponges. The pickups impress me. No! They aren't Custom Shop quality but they do seem to have been thought out better than most of their kind. They are ceramics with one magnet and steel poles but they are a decent vintage wind and do sound in the ball park. I have to say I don't like the kind of pickups that have a low wind and try two powerful ceramic magnets to beef up - sound muddy to me but these are quite clear and I'll keep the white one stock.
    I like the small neck and narrower nut width and vintage frets where you can still feel the board and the incredibly slick feeling neck.
    Mods I'll be doing to the butterscotch one - Wilkinson Broadcaster pickup set and tint the very pale neck.
    I think If I were to recommend a good quality general purpose guitar for a very affordable price I'd suggest one of these.

    They are tough too! This lady has survived encounters at outdoor gigs with a brick wall and a concrete floor; still plays great - see lower bout
    Affinity 00.jpg

    My two get played regularly in semi-pro settings - they work just fine.
    affinity 01.jpg
     
  12. marklk

    marklk Squier Talker

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    May 10, 2018
    KC
    The player pack is often if not always string through. The stand alone is a top loader.
     
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  13. marklk

    marklk Squier Talker

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    May 10, 2018
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    I love mine. Easy tele to add a hipshot b bender to being a top loader. 20191009_222431.jpg
     
  14. Amir Khalid

    Amir Khalid Squier Talker

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    I've heard that a toploader Tele doesn't sustain as long as a traditional through-body strung one, and I've also heard the opposite. Which, if either, is true? Also, I'm thinking of getting a second Squier Tele, either an Affinity like my first (which I love) or a Standard. The plan is to have one in standard tuning and one in Keef tuning. Is the Standard worth the extra over the Affinity? If I get the Standard, which of the two should I have in Keef tuning?
     
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  15. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    There was a test comparison on You Tube (maybe Darrell Braun?) for sustain between top load and string thru. I believe the results showed no real difference. The Standard is worth the extra $50 if you're buying new. The body is a full 1 3/4" thickness, pickups are alnico5, and the neck rout is for a humbucker, which is a great option, especially for Stones tunes. On the Keef setup, if played less than standard tuning, use your back-up guitar.
    Here's a couple of Standards, the burst is a'99, 1 9/16" thick, top load, HB up top w/a push-pull pot splitting the pickup from HB to single. The vintage white is a yr old, 1 3/4", string thru, w/a huge single coil Supro gold foil. DSCN3464.JPG
     
  16. Best1989

    Best1989 Squier-Nut

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    Apr 25, 2019
    Arequipa
    That's an interesting gold foil! I have never seen one of those.
     
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  17. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

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    Sep 11, 2015
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    I am torn between the standard or affinity. Money is no problem but I am leaning towards the standard but love the affinity color of butterscotch.
     
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  18. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    If you can play one of each before you decide. Outside of the 3 way switch on my Affinity I have no real upgrade plans. Just a solid little Tele all around.
     
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  19. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

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    Yes I am going tomorrow to play both of them and a CV. I love my squier standard and actually like playing it better than my 2 MIM's. I am mostly going to check out the feel of the smaller neck on the affinity. My standard feels so much more comfortable to me than the MIM"s
     
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  20. roba03

    roba03 Squier-holic

    Oct 25, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Good call! Let us know what you find.
     
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