We all know that the Fender Squier series is a great start for beginners, but what about intermediate guitar players? Or even professionals? With a price point at $449.99, the Squier by Fender Classic Vibe ’70s Telecaster Custom MN 3TS is a good choice.
When reviewing this guitar, I took the approach of focusing on playability and versatility in a live band situation. I play music full time, and sometimes certain gigs or bands call for different tools, whether it be guitars, amps, or pedals. Ironically, I got called to do a new gig right around the time I received this guitar.
I play a lot of rock. The setlist called for songs with more country, funk, and jazz chord stylings. It was the perfect opportunity to test out what it could do while I learned the songs. This guitar nailed it. It has a wide range of tones giving you that classic Tele twang; then you switch to the humbucker, and you get some nice beefy tones so you can still jam out some heavy rock.
The functionality is impressive. The neck is smooth and fast. It stayed in tune after all the string bending and everything. It is a little heavier than I expected, but it’s sturdy and solid, so it didn’t really bother me much because it feels like a quality build.
Aesthetically, the guitar I reviewed was in a classic sunburst finish with a black pickguard and nickel-plated hardware giving it that “classic” look.
All in all, for the intermediate or professional player who wants versatility, decent tonal quality, and doesn’t want to break the bank while having that vintage look and sound on top, this guitar does the trick!
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