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Need Help Identifying This Squier Tele

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by asrj52, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. asrj52

    asrj52 TDPRI Member

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    I'm considering this Squier Tele but at some stage in its past the headstock decal was replaced with a Fender one. This has now been removed but the replacement Squier decal is not original so doesn't give any indication as to the true origin of the guitar. There is no serial number or country of origin mark.

    What I can see is as follows -

    The body looks full thickness.
    It has trapezoidal tuners (Korean?).
    The truss rod access hole is bare wood.
    There is no skunk stripe.
    It has a six saddle dual load bridge.
    It has string-thru holes and ferrules.
    It also has what I presume to be a non original brass nut.
    I am told the guitar is late nineties.

    I was hoping that it might be a Standard but the evidence says no to that.

    So what is it? Has anyone come across this unusual spec before?
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  2. asrj52

    asrj52 TDPRI Member

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    Oh yeah, and the neck plate is blank.
     
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  3. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I was thinking Standard, but I'm not so sure now. It would take someone with better knowledge than myself.
     
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    I don't think it is even a Squire! String Ferrules are too off, even for a Squire?
     
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  5. scottser

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    It doesn't look like a squier at all tbh.
     
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    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Welcome aboard!

    I am not convinced it is a Squier.

    The tuner spacing seems to be too far apart.

    Most Squiers had plastic truss-rod plugs.

    No skunk stripe?

    Crooked ferrules.

    Full-thickness body? For what - a Fender or a Squier?
     
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  7. DougM

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    Standards were 22 frets and had better tuners. If it's a Squier at all, it looks like an older Bullet to me, judging by the full thickness body and trap tuners. But, I'm not as familiar with older Squiers as I am with more recent ones. Try here-
    https://www.squierwiki.com
    You should also try asking over on the Squier Talk forum. Those guys know every detail of every Squier ever made, going back to the beginning.
     
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  8. scottser

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    Yep, and the bridge saddles aren't squier either. The brass nut looks almost factory done and original to the guitar, def not squier.
     
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    I think this is a 1998 (ish) Affinity Tele with some changes. I don't think the decals on the head are original the switch tip isn't original and the nut has been changed for a brass one.
    I bought my first Squier Tele in 1998 and it has a lot of similarities. My one is identical in almost every respect to the Yako (Taiwan) guitars (with the YN serial numbers on the neck plate) but doesn't have any distinguishing marks (i.e. serial number, either stamped or as a decal). It has a full thickness string through body and had trapezoidal tuners (now replaced).
    Here are some photos of a Squier Tele from that era I found on a Reverb website:

    SqTele1.PNG

    This one has wonky ferrules too!

    SqTele2.PNG
    SqTele3.PNG

    I also have a Yako ('96 50th Anniversay) Squier Strat that is a very good guitar
     
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    Well, it appears you are right. Even the same ferrule is outta line!! No plastic in the plug, no skunk stripe, and the odd shift (neckward) in tuner spacing. I wonder why the decals would have been replaced with Squier decals? Why do you feel they have been replaced?
     
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    It's difficult to see but the 'Squier' decal looks like one with a gold outline..... perhaps not unusual but certainly not going with an Affinity model, and also the 'TELECASTER' looks like a separate decal - it's not in line with the 'Squier' and just looks bad the way it has been positioned.

    Also, the head of the neck appears to have a glossy finish - the original would have been matt/or at best semi-gloss.

    I've no explanation as to why it would have been replaced other than as part of a refinishing of the neck.
     
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    Oh, yeah - that one was obvious. I misunderstood you. I thought you meant the picture YOU posted of the Affinity had a replaced decal as well. My bad.
     
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    Thanks for the input everybody - especially CustFan. In the end I decided there was too much uncertainty for me to proceed. The guitar eventually went for £84 ($115).
     
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    Well, it isn't the last Squier out there.
     
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    That's really not a bad deal for whatever it was.
     
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