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BEST BUDGET TELECASTER
Squier Affinity Series Telecaster (SS)
GEARANK: 91 out of 100. Incorporating 1650+ ratings and reviews.
Street Price: $200
The Telecaster is the guitar that effectively started the solid-body electric guitar revolution.
During the 1930s and 1940s several companies tried to produce a solid-body electric but none of them were commercially successful. Then Leo Fender released his design in 1950 with a single pickup under the name Esquire, then added a second pickup and sold it under the name Broadcaster but soon had to change it due to a lawsuit from Gretsch who were already selling a drum kit using that name. Thus the “Tele” as we know it today was born.
Its popularity continues and as of today the Squier Affinity Series Telecaster is the highest rated solid-body electric guitar that sells for less than $200.
- Body: Alder
- Finish: Lake Placid Blue / Polyurethane (pictured), also comes in Brown Sunburst, Gun Metal Gray, 2-Color Sunburst, Black and Arctic White
- Bridge: 6-Saddle Top-Load Tele
- Pickups: 2 x Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele
- Neck: Maple
- Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
- Number of Frets: 21
- Nut Width: 1.6” (40.6 mm)
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
It’s hard to overstate how well liked this version of the Tele is by people who have bought and played it – something which is evidenced by its very high Gearank score. Most commendations point to its playability, tone and overall build quality.
For something that’s continues to sell well, there are relatively very few complaints. Most of which are from people who encountered setup and cosmetic issues out of the box.
You can’t go far wrong with the highest rated guitar under $200.