Back in the early 80s, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came out of Japan. Known for their excellent vintage quality look, feel, sound and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender branded counterparts are now highly sought after collector’s items revered by guitars enthusiasts as examples of “getting it right” while aiming at value conscious players.
This high quality Japanese workmanship carried over into the early 90, and this Tele is a nice example.
This one is a replica of the original classic Blackguard Telecasters of the early 50s. We have no idea why, but at some point someone has attempted to paint this one black. But is was not a very good job, and another someone subsequently has attempted to remove the black, but not altogether successfully on the back and sides. It looks just like a 50s butterscotch Tele from the front, while the back & sides simply look a little dirty.
None of this creative redecoration however, can detract from the fact that this is a damn fine guitar. It is a known fact that the 80s & early 90s Japanese Squiers are great guitars, with a feel and sound as good as anything made by their US counterparts. As such, they are sought after by players seeking a well made, quality sounding instrument at the right price. This is certainly that.
Finish: Poly – Butterscotch Blonde
Body: Solid ash
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Neck Profile: C profile
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
Nut Width: 1-5/8 “
Neck Details: Maple neck with walnut skunk stripe.
Electronics: 2 single coil Tele pickups, 3-way selector switch, volume and tone controls.
Quality components and the wiring is good.
Pickup Measurements: neck: 6.7K ohms / bridge: 6.2 K ohms
Tuners: Vintage Kluson style tuners
Bridge: Brass compensated saddles in standard Tele bridge plate
Weight: 8.7 lbs
Featuring all the usual appointments of an early 50s Tele, this one also has two great sounding pickups, with classic Tele bark and bite from the bridge unit, and lots of woody goodness from the neck position.
It features a set of high quality compensated brass bridge saddles – Wilkinsons we think. This certainly helps with more accurate intonation and some would say, a fatter tone. It appears that everything else on this guitar is original.
But did we tell you about the neck ? Well, that alone is worth the price of admission, as they say in showbiz. It is a great feeling neck which plays smoothly in all positions. 21 vintage profile frets in good condition.
Sure, it’s got some dings, dents, marks and scratches, and the customized colour scheme may not appeal to all tastes, but if it’s tone and playability you’re looking for, here’s a real contender.
Comes in a Fender gig bag in good condition.