NGD - Squier Standard Telecaster

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by Robbmonster, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Robbmonster

    Robbmonster Squier-holic

    No pics as yet. I'm too tired and lazy.

    Today I received my 2019 Squier Standard Telecaster. Vintage Blonde. For some reason I thought the finish would be a solid cream, but nope, translucent, it is.

    The guitar is 'used', but pristine. Got it from ebay, and the seller even shipped it in the OG box (for free!). I bought the guitar for AUD$350. They usually retail for AUD$500-ish brand new. Yup, we overpay massively here.

    First impressions...

    Well, the guitar is in pristine condition. Doesn't seem to have had a pro setup. A but of buzz and scratchy frets here and there. The Indian Laurel fretboard seems dry. I assume it's ok to oil them...?

    The pickups need to be lowered. The guitar at this stage is a bit loud and bit breaky for my liking. My amp had gain up for quiet humbuckers so I adjusted that down and was still getting breakup. Lower the pickups and raise the sweetness.

    Already thinking mods. One day might get a black pickguard and a more 'vintage-style' bridge. Pickups seem ok, but when did Tele pickups lose their muddiness? Kinda miss it.

    After the first hour, I think I have a keeper, and a bargain, to boot. Pics tomorrow
     
  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    Sounds like your happy. Can’t wait to see it!
     
  3. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

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    I really like the pickups on the standards, they sound like a well broken-in set of ‘70’s Fenders to my ear.
     
  4. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

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    Congrats! Too lazy for pics? But the pics are everything here :D
     
  5. Mr Bones

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  6. kjmac

    kjmac Squier-holic

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    I have a 2017 Std, Tele and I really like it. Plays good, sounds good and was at a good price. I've kept it for 3 years and will probably keep it a while longer. :)
     
  7. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

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    HNTD!!

    Those are great guitars!

    You are not going to have an easy time swapping out that bridge for a vintage style bridge - its not going to "drop in". I ended up swapping out the entire body on my standard Tele when I wanted a Vintage 3-saddle bridge
     
  8. Brocephus

    Brocephus Squier-Nut

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    I don't believe (standard PU configuration) teles have ever been known for "muddiness", they're typically more on the thin/clear/bright side, which is largely why they became the go-to guitar for country music, decades ago.
     
  9. El cheapo

    El cheapo Squier Talker

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    No real need to mod anything on these guitars. Get it set up right and play the snot out of it!
     
  10. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    Yup. I recently bought an '09 standard, assuming that it would need some upgrades. Nope. After a set-up it's fine as-is. And the pickups sound great. ;)

    OP, will we get to see some pics?

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  11. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

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    A vintage bridge won't work on it unless you don't mind exposing the holes below it. Even then I think it throws the intonation off. Guy here in town I know tried to do the same thing and ended up just putting the modern bridge back on it, if I'm remembering correctly.
     
  12. Robbmonster

    Robbmonster Squier-holic

    Here she is. Ignore the discoloured patch. Little bit of dust on the camera lens.

    Shame about the bridge replacement, but no big deal. I just prefer the old style ones.

    I am having a bit of trouble setting the pickup heights, I like to set them flush with the body then work up, but the screws seem to be too short. I'll keep tinkering.

    Love the neck. I have owned a couple of Standards in the past and remember the necks being chunky, kinda uncomfortable. This one is a great shape, and reminds me of my beloved Affinity Strat.

    Still digging this thing, just need to dial in the sound...
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  13. Looks great. :) What year is that one?
    I'd loosen the necks screws a smidge and move that neck towards the left (Low E side) and retighten. That should re-align the near cliff hanger high E string.
    You could take some tension off the strings before hand.




    Cheers, Barrie.
     
  14. Robbmonster

    Robbmonster Squier-holic

    Thanks for the advice, Barrie! It seems the neck has been loosened at some point (screw sharpness), and I was thinking a new nut might be in order. But if a simple neck adjustment will do the job...

    Still trying to dial in a sound, but the bridge pickup isn't cooperating. There are also buzz issues, so I might raise the action until such a time as I can get a proper setup done.

    edit: By the way, this is a 2019 version. Indian Laurel fretboard isn't as disastrous as I feared, but it will get an oil first chance I get
     
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  15. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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  16. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

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    That's a beauty!
     
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  17. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    Great color! I noticed that the neck pickup is mounted on the pickguard. Mine is mounted on the body, like most Teles, requiring removing the pickguard to make adjustments. I wonder if yours came that way or if someone modified it.
     
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  18. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-holic

    Happy NGD! You have the younger version of mine!

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  19. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    What year is yours TimTheViking? I see your neck p'up is pickguard mounted too.
     
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  20. GEECEE

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    That's a beauty!
     
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