Squier Affinity Tele Lake Pl. Blue


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Poplar
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Pearloid Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale length: 648 mm (25.51")
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.49")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 21 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickup: 2 ceramic single coils
  • Master volume and master tone controls
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3-Ply white pickguard
  • 6-Saddle bridge with string guide through the body
  • Sealed DieCast tuners with split shafts
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: NPS .009 - .042
  • Colour: Lake Placid Blue
Available since June 2021
Item number 516659
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Blue
Pickups SS
Fretboard Laurel
Tremolo None
Body Poplar
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster Lake Placid Blue review - UPDATED
Affordano 02.07.2021
First off, let me say I have been a loyal Thomann customer for years, having bought six or so guitars and a plethora of music stuff from them along the way, always been happy. Something must have changed though... I pulled trigger on this beautifully looking blue Squier telly, it looked simply irresistible. Delivery was super fast – advised to arrive presumably on Thursday or Friday, it actually reached my doorstep as early as on Wednesday. After the usual unboxing chore, I set off to inspect the actual object of desire. At 222 EUR, I was not expecting miracles, yet I do and did have a couple of Squiers in my life and there was an expected standard level in my mind. Sadly, what I looked at and touched this time failed to meet this standard by leaps.
I thought I would send the instrument back right away. I finally decided otherwise and embraced the challenge, considering it yet another deep DIY remake bench project. Minor gripes aside, such as that both the steel control knobs fell off the pot shafts at the moment I turned the guitar upside down, there were more worrying flaws to tackle, the most critical one being that the strings ran totally off axis, almost popping off the fretboard at the highest neck positions. The neck seems to be sitting in the pocket nice and tough, the problem is obviously on the bridge plate side, which had been installed some 3mm off the central axis. How could this have slipped Fender’s QC attention is a mystery to me.
Another huge annoyance is the neck itself – advertised as satin back, it is actually a rough-cut, unfinished something I would not dare touching without previous fine sanding and oiling. Same goes with the fretboard – it has not seen any lube in its life, is totally parched, almost as if coated by mould and already suffering from minor cracks. The neck also feels chubbier than the proclaimed modern C that I have on my other guitars, the frets are rather on the jumbo side, unfinished and uncrowned, there are visible rough machine tool scratches on their tops, no levelling or polishing has obviously taken place. Frets are also unevenly high, making the sound die totally at certain positions when the strings are bent. To my surprise, the fret edges could have been worse, they seem to be reasonably smooth, as if somebody took special care to address this very issue and left all the others unanswered.
To sum up – I will keep the guitar, because the blue finish is rare and awesome, I do like it. Plenty of work will have to be put in though – unmount the bridge plate, seal the five screw holes, re-drill them in the right positions and reinstall the bridge assembly, fine-sand the back of the neck and wax it, level the frets, polish them and set up the action, lube the fingerboard, restring for something reasonable, the stock strings are total rubbish, tune up, plug, play and see what happens. There is promise in the dry sound of the guitar, so will see, perhaps she will be a winner after all this hassle...
• body finish – very nice colour and fabrication
• strings through the body
• solid unplugged sound coming straight from the tonal woods
• octaves in tune
• smoothed fret edges
• strings not aligned with the neck
• bridge plate mounted off axis, in need of complete reinstall
• back of the neck is rasp, almost scaled-like
• frets unlevelled and unfinished
• fingerboard dry, already displaying minor cracks
• neck feels chubbier/clumsier than advertised
• pot control knobs do not hold in place
• as received, the guitar is unplayable and overall feels unfinished
• does not inspire musically as is
• contrary to the manufacturer’s claim, definitely not recommended to beginners or someone who cannot perform relatively substantial repairs and adjustments on their own
Here comes my verdict – it is okay to make “cheap” instruments (even if I have seen many cheaper ones that were executed better), it is not okay to make them with elementary construction flaws and sell them in an unplayable state.

UPDATE of 30/9/2021
Here comes my brief progress report on the blue Telecaster project. Over the couple of months I have owned this guitar (as you can see, I still have it, which is a good sign), I have gradually removed or fixed the flaws identified above. I started with the bridge readjustment, where I had to unmount the bridge assembly first, seal the original five holes, drill new ones and reinstall the plate in line with the neck. While at that, I have replaced the bridge pickup, which sounded okay but nothing special and a bit on the weak side, with DiMarzio Chopper T – a whole world of improvement. The electronics as such have been replaced using a prewired harness with full size pots and cap and a five-way Fender switch, allowing for the neck pickup to be also swapped for a spare nineties Yamaha double-coil splittable PU that produces a massive thick sound and offers two additional sound options. I intended to rescue the original Affinity neck, too, so I sanded it to thin its profile a bit, oiled it, polished and crowned the frets, reinstalled – just to find out it was still not quite to my liking, perhaps a bit too wide, so I have ended up putting in a nice Classic Vibe telecaster neck I got cheap from ebay – a fantastic, MIJ-like player! I am really happy with the guitar now, it can do stormy blues/rock stuff and country chirping more than adequately and feels real solid at the same time. So a happy ending at the end of the day - thank you Thomann as usual, now it is five stars no doubt, only the investment has been a lot higher than originally thought it would be. Keep rocking guys!


Amazing guitar but QC could've been better.
KyleHD 21.02.2022
Pickups don't feel cheap but there's a noticeable difference in output. QC could've been better, but it's nothing you can't fix by yourself. Good platform to further mod with better parts.


Squier Affinity Tele Lake Pl. Blue
TrueSpace 24.08.2022
The new series with new pickups began to sound pretty good. The only thing was that due to the long transportation, it was necessary to tighten the bolts to rebuild the neck and whistle of the strings. As a guitar for the house is very good


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Diese Gitarre ist mehr wert als sie kostet
Tom Bellee 03.07.2021
Zuerst vorweg: wir reden hier über eine Gitarre, die nur 220,-EUR kostet. Sie macht alles, wie eine richtige Telecaster: aussehen, klingen, anfühlen - nur eben nicht perfekt und das liegt allein nur am Preis.
Was fällt positiv auf?
- im Prinzip aus dem Karton spielbar: passabel eingestellt.
- 6-Reiter-Bridge, die Saiten gehen durch den Korpus, Bierbauchfräsung hinten. Das ist mehr als Standard!
- Schöne Metallicfarbe, recht anständig verarbeitet.
- Recht gute Mechaniken, sauber gefeilter Sattel.
- Lässt sich sauber intonieren und die Elektrik-Bauteile sind schon ganz okay.

Gibt es (preisbedingte) Nachteile?
- der Korpus ist etwa 5 mm dünner als das Original
- der Korpus ist aus Pappel (!)
- der Halstonabnehmer klingt matt und belegt
- die Bünde muss man selbst noch polieren
- die Gitarre ist eine Diva und reagiert sehr empfindlich auf Temperatur und Luftfeuchtigkeit. Das heißt, die Saitenlage ändert sich ganz oft im fühlbaren Bereich. Hoffentlich stabilisiert sich dass, wenn die Hölzer irgendwann getrocknet sind.

Das ist eine coole und preiswerte Gitarre! Besser, als man glaubt, aber keinesfalls frei von Problemen. Als Zweitinstrument oder als Bastelobjekt zum Tunen durchaus zum empfehlen! Mir gefällt sie, weil ich akzeptiere, dass diese Tele kein Profi-Instrument ist.


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