Nice Score this weekend :)

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by mflores, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. mflores

    mflores TDPRI Member

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    Picked up this Squier Affinity Series Tele for $75. It also came with a Fender Champion 20 at no extra cost. Good little starter for my son. :) I'll likely change the pickups; hell maybe even convert it to an esquire.
     

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  2. hippychip

    hippychip Tele-Meister

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    Unless there is a specific problem with the pickups leave them alone. I picked mine up for $100, and planned to swap out everything---It didn't even need a setup.

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  3. nicod98

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    Nice find. Try it out stock first, you might grow to like it.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    Great Deal!
     
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    Do a good setup and the pickups will be fine. Over time you may want to swap the pots for CTS and the Jack for Switchcraft. Do that when you decide to add an Oak-Grigsby 4-way switch and get the series option for a stealth les paul machine -- always nice to get a second guitar for $10.

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    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on leaving the PUs..on paper they don’t look good but they work well in this setting.. all the examples I have played have a bridge PU that sounds the business. Perhaps adjust heights and experiment W/ strings to fine tune the sound. I would look for a metal jack plate if not so equipped,the plastic one Fender specs is a weak point.
     
  8. haggardfan1

    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    Agreed. I have two Affinitys (Affinities?) and both of mine are bone stock. I like the pickups just fine. One of the guitars I never bonded with at first, and considered trading it off, but I had a tech do a setup on it-- and now it plays just as well as the other.
     
  9. nicod98

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    There is however a big difference in Affinity pickups... I immediately liked the string through Indonesian pack tele pickups. Then I got a Chinese 2013 top load. It sounded like sh*t. And it took a long time, and two other top load Affinity guitars (see how I evade the Affinities/Affinity's/Affinitys problem;)) to learn that I might have gotten the one guitar with bad pickups. The others: a 2010 Chinese and 2018 Indonesian top load, which I got less than a month apart. Both sounded great completely stock. So my 2013 must have been the proverbial "lemon" concerning pickups. The rest was great.

    In the meantime I got three more string through pack teles that will get different pickups, just to differentiate them all from each other (I got them as vehicles for pickup testing). I'll open all of them and see if any has a routing big enough for a neck P90. I've seen routing for Affinity teles changed a few times over the years. I'll do all that whenever I find the time to do so... (I hope to live for about 35-40 more years, so I don't know yet when I'll do this).

    But I stick to my original story: keep the original pickups. I know some people tend to dismiss them because they're ceramics, but I don't see what would be wrong with ceramic pickups. If you don't like them after a few months, you could still change them.
     
  10. mflores

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    Well I'm biased. I've been using Dragonfire Texas Blues a while and love them. Inexpensive upgrade that I think my son would love lol. However he's currently messing around with it as is; may just leave it alone.
     
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