Added a squire affinity.

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mjgodin

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Been working my butt off in the summer heat and felt I owed myself something, so even though I'm more of an acoustic player, I decided to add this horse to the stable.

Yeah it's a Squire, and I told myself I didn't want another "Beginner" guitar. I just couldn't justify the cost of a real Fender though the MIM versions were a close consideration. Maybe later, who knows.

For now I've always loved the simplistic look of the Telecaster and of course that signature twang and for the money you can't beat it. Once I got it tuned properly and buffed out all the past fingerprints off of it, it took a while to get the amp settings right, but once I did she sounded pretty good playing along with Caren Anderson's "Proud Mary" version. Yes CCR and Doobie Brothers was kinda what I had in mind when I bought it.

Maybe later on I'll upgrade the amp, but for right now my $60 Acoustic AV15 works fine. I think having a variety of instruments and styles to play is what keeps this hobby fun. As well as playing of course.uploaded image

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Been working my butt off in the summer heat and felt I owed myself something, so even though I'm more of an acoustic player, I decided to add this horse to the stable.

Yeah it's a Squire, and I told myself I didn't want another "Beginner" guitar. I just couldn't justify the cost of a real Fender though the MIM versions were a close consideration. Maybe later, who knows.

For now I've always loved the simplistic look of the Telecaster and of course that signature twang and for the money you can't beat it. Once I got it tuned properly and buffed out all the past fingerprints off of it, it took a while to get the amp settings right, but once I did she sounded pretty good playing along with Caren Anderson's "Proud Mary" version. Yes CCR and Doobie Brothers was kinda what I had in mind when I bought it.

Maybe later on I'll upgrade the amp, but for right now my $60 Acoustic AV15 works fine. I think having a variety of instruments and styles to play is what keeps this hobby fun. As well as playing of course.uploaded image

manXcat

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Nice! Everyone should add at least one Tele to their arsenal somewhere along the road.

Admitttedly I'm biased. I love the Tele.

Squier Affinity Tele lacks little except prestige. Setup properly, they play very nicely IMPE and that of others. Feel wise, I prefer them to the Classic Vibe. The tuner mechs are about my only gripe. Teles aren't very demanding on tuners for stability, so they work, but ... Affinity's pickups are respectable at the price point, and easily and inexpensively changed to something else if desired.

Affinity Teles feature a lot of positives IMV. Slimmer body for less weight => greater comfort, six saddle bridge for proper intonation, which if desired for that proper Tele twang can easily and inexpensively be swapped back to three double brass barrels, narrower nut and slimmer neck profile with a 12" fingerboard radius.

Very nice pickup. Congratulations Moe.

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Nice! Everyone should add at least one Tele to their arsenal somewhere along the road.

Admitttedly I'm biased. I love the Tele.

Squier Affinity Tele lacks little except prestige. Setup properly, they play very nicely IMPE and that of others. Feel wise, I prefer them to the Classic Vibe. The tuner mechs are about my only gripe. Teles aren't very demanding on tuners for stability, so they work, but ... Affinity's pickups are respectable at the price point, and easily and inexpensively changed to something else if desired.

Affinity Teles feature a lot of positives IMV. Slimmer body for less weight => greater comfort, six saddle bridge for proper intonation, which if desired for that proper Tele twang can easily and inexpensively be swapped back to three double brass barrels, narrower nut and slimmer neck profile with a 12" fingerboard radius.

Very nice pickup. Congratulations Moe.

♪A little better all the time♫

William MG

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That is one fine looking tele Moe. Have fun!

Trying to give you a pic of my Squire but the site doesn't appear to like Android.

You will have lots of fun with it.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

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That is one fine looking tele Moe. Have fun!

Trying to give you a pic of my Squire but the site doesn't appear to like Android.

You will have lots of fun with it.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

mjgodin

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Thanks guys. Happy player here.

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Thanks guys. Happy player here.

manXcat

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Saw this some time ago Moe and meant to post it for your enjoyment, overlooked by perpetual distraction in the moment until today.Thought it might be of interest to you with your new Tele?

Guitar and song both motivate me, might you? Learning the latter is intended as 'first cab off the rank' in my 'songs to learn' project for 2021.

Love the elegant Sunburst aesthetic with gloss Maple neck look and pickup tone of that Fender Vintera '50s Telecaster. Unfortunately, along with the good, it comes with a chunky '50s "U" neck and 7½" radius fretboard I'm less fond of (understatement). Fender do do a modern take on it with their Fender Vintera '50s Telecaster Modified with hotter pickups with a soft "V" neck and 9½" radius which would be a better personal fit, but not in that Sunburst.

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Saw this some time ago Moe and meant to post it for your enjoyment, overlooked by perpetual distraction in the moment until today.Thought it might be of interest to you with your new Tele?

Guitar and song both motivate me, might you? Learning the latter is intended as 'first cab off the rank' in my 'songs to learn' project for 2021.

Love the elegant Sunburst aesthetic with gloss Maple neck look and pickup tone of that Fender Vintera '50s Telecaster. Unfortunately, along with the good, it comes with a chunky '50s "U" neck and 7½" radius fretboard I'm less fond of (understatement). Fender do do a modern take on it with their Fender Vintera '50s Telecaster Modified with hotter pickups with a soft "V" neck and 9½" radius which would be a better personal fit, but not in that Sunburst.

♪A little better all the time♫

mjgodin

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Thanks Manxcat,

That girls got chops. She can play. Unfortunately, I can't make mine do that yet, but it's still a keeper.

Funny thing, I had a sunburst Squire about 4 months ago that I bought to replace my broken acoustic at the time. This would have been my only guitar, but once I brought it home while I couldn't stop staring at it's beauty I realized just wasn't far enough in my guitar skills to really make good sounds out if it and I mourned for the sounds of the acoustic so I returned it and thats when I bought my Breedlove Discovery. Pic is in my photo.

So I told myself there would be plenty of time to pick up another electric when the time felt right and of course a Tele sunburst was on my watch list, but believe it or not with 3 music stores within a 10 mile radius of me nobody had one except for Guitar Center, but that was a MIM Fender and it was out of my price range and I'm the kind of guy that when I set out to buy something I want it in my hands then, not later, so I didn't choose to order one.

However, the natural tone wood with black pick guard always screams Telecaster and they had one at another music store for a very affordable price so I went for it. It's the quintessential Country twanger IMHO. To quote a luthier I watched on Youtube restore a vintage 50's model "Now It looks like it's been in a few bar fights". Now that's a Tele. Anders plays one in the country music style section and I love the looks and sounds of it.

Thanks for the post,

Moe

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Thanks Manxcat,

That girls got chops. She can play. Unfortunately, I can't make mine do that yet, but it's still a keeper.

Funny thing, I had a sunburst Squire about 4 months ago that I bought to replace my broken acoustic at the time. This would have been my only guitar, but once I brought it home while I couldn't stop staring at it's beauty I realized just wasn't far enough in my guitar skills to really make good sounds out if it and I mourned for the sounds of the acoustic so I returned it and thats when I bought my Breedlove Discovery. Pic is in my photo.

So I told myself there would be plenty of time to pick up another electric when the time felt right and of course a Tele sunburst was on my watch list, but believe it or not with 3 music stores within a 10 mile radius of me nobody had one except for Guitar Center, but that was a MIM Fender and it was out of my price range and I'm the kind of guy that when I set out to buy something I want it in my hands then, not later, so I didn't choose to order one.

However, the natural tone wood with black pick guard always screams Telecaster and they had one at another music store for a very affordable price so I went for it. It's the quintessential Country twanger IMHO. To quote a luthier I watched on Youtube restore a vintage 50's model "Now It looks like it's been in a few bar fights". Now that's a Tele. Anders plays one in the country music style section and I love the looks and sounds of it.

Thanks for the post,

Moe

Sasha-B

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congratulations on your new telecaster! I'm a huge fan and love mine (an old MIJ fender from the mid-1990s) and a parts-caster thinline.

I love that I can cover many genres with the tele-including jazz and, of course, blues.

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congratulations on your new telecaster! I'm a huge fan and love mine (an old MIJ fender from the mid-1990s) and a parts-caster thinline.

I love that I can cover many genres with the tele-including jazz and, of course, blues.

mjgodin

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Thanks Sasha. When you get a chance throw a pic up so we can all see your guitar.

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Thanks Sasha. When you get a chance throw a pic up so we can all see your guitar.

Sasha-B

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manXcat

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Interesting Tele config. When you want a HT Strat with a Tele body! String through six saddle flat plate too. And and obverse selector switch location. Did it come fitted like that in that model, or did someone reverse the switchplate?

Traditional Burst always looks nice. Timeless elegance.

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Interesting Tele config. When you want a HT Strat with a Tele body! String through six saddle flat plate too. And and obverse selector switch location. Did it come fitted like that in that model, or did someone reverse the switchplate?

Traditional Burst always looks nice. Timeless elegance.

♪A little better all the time♫