The Squier Tele Custom II Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups is a super-affordable temple of tone. And it comes with some tasty Tele tweaks that include a pair of blistering Duncan Designed P-90s with ... Read More
The Squier Tele Custom II Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups is a super-affordable temple of tone. And it comes with some tasty Tele tweaks that include a pair of blistering Duncan Designed P-90s with indepedendent tone and volume controls. The agathis body snugs up to an all-maple neck/fretboard with dot inlays, medium-jumbo frets, and a 25-1/2" scale.
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Reviewed by 17 customers
Another great $200 guitar w/ unique vintage Keith Richards tone. P-90s have zero hum and that elusive wet sound especially the neck. Out of the box the agathis body feels light and cheap but the pups come to life when plugged in. The neck is great with no buzz. Wouldn't have bought a Squier 10 years ago, but these aren't knock off. Assuming the average layman guitarist out there has the HBs, the EMG 81s, and the single coil set up in their arsenal, this is a definite addition.
Definitely a nice guitar for the price. I'e only had a few issue with the guitar since I bought it a year and a half ago. One: the bridge saddles. The saddles on the bridge for the guitar just weren't built well and needed to be replaced.They would slip through the hole under the tension of the strings which I tough to be quite peculiar. Not a hard thing to do, but still had to be done nonetheless. Second: the jack. The "bucket" jack has caused a slight bit of an issue since I've had it, mostly just being loose or shaky from regular playing but I have also noticed it cutting the signal in and out a few times which is to say that it's not always reliable to play on stage. Again, not a difficult fix, but it's just one more thing. Third: the switch. It's got a nice pickup switch allowing for a VERY good variety in tone that you can tweak to your liking, however, after a few months of playing, the top most position would completely mute the guitar which is not how it should be. Fourth: the finish. Originally I though this guitar to be pretty heavy because of the wood (it's heavier than my five string bass). However, I later found out that the wood is first covered by this disgustingly thick, near plastic-like substance and then the paint. It's not really an issue as far as the weight goes once you have a heftier strap, but the extra layer underneath the paint leaves the guitar feeling a little bit cheaper. The shape of the guitar is also very rigid with straight cut lines all along the body, no body contours or cuts for your belly. With all that being said, the guitar is a great one for the price with just a few minor details that are easily replaceable/fixable. The neck is great, the frets aren't too bad and the action is nice right out of the box. The Duncans do a great job clean and really cut through with overdrive or a little distortion. The neck is a little thicker than most but it just perfect for me, giving the guitar a nice solid feel. Not to mention its cool looks and great playability, and even more attractive price, this Squire is a fantastic buy for anyone looking for a guitar for the advanced-beginner to amateur player.
I was opting for strat with hot rails and this.First of all, I got this blonde on a subpar quality, its not that im nitpicky or anythng,besides i could just return it to the store for a replacement but i did not as i am truly satisfied with this guitar nonetheless, here are the things wrong wat i have, chip about 3mm deep underneath the screw where the bridge is, dirty sawdust under the pickup cover, one or few dings on body and scratches on the pickup and some areas of the plastic pickguard and paint inconsistencies along the sides of the guitar and the knobs are randomly placed. so my advise is be keen with your purchase. only this and the epiphones which are slightly pricier makes reasonable p90s for this price range and which, in my opinion, fender/squier has the fuller tone as ive tested.so far, i love how flexible this thing goes through any amp and it is not noisy at all. it also feels and sounds upscale and cuts through the mix very well. the honk/bark/slight twang may not be liked by most but its very signature-ish. if you want unique and felxible sound with looks that stand out, this is the best pick
I've had this guitar for about 4 months now and I've had a pretty good time so far. I got the blonde and it looks pretty good, a few spots look like they haven't got enough coats, but nothing major. The weight is another issue. The guitar actually weighs more than my 5 string bass and is a little uncomfortable at times, but its not a big deal as long as you've got a good strap and can carry a few pouds. The pickups are pretty nice. You can get a real good clean sound as well as a nice dirtortion and bite to them at times too. The pickup switch provides a countless amount of tones, but I also end up hitting it while I play sometimes (just another thing to get used to). The action seems to be the only real problem I've had with the guitar. I can't ever get the action or the tension of my strings just right. They always seem a little too loose and bendy. I also had a problem with the slot for the low E on the brigde: the screws that hold it in, slip so that the right side of the slot is held up but the left has hit the body. I also found the frets to be a little too high. When I get too close the the end of the neck, the strings will hit the frets and it will make the nastiest buzzing untill the notes are unrecognizable. But other than these small and fixable flaws the guitar is pretty great all around and certainly exceeded my expectations for a $250 guitar.
Surprisingly, this is a really nice little Teley. Depite what one reviewer claimed, the neck DOES HAVE a finish. It is a Satin Polyurethane Finish. The neck is NOT raw unfinished wood. The Satin finish can feel like there's no finish at all, because it has such a smooth, more natural feel to it. I love the neck on this Teley. The fingerboard is nice and I really dig the 7.25" radius. The frets require a little attention, but overall the playing action is very nice. I suggest auditioning/playing two or three of these and finding the one that is best. Sometimes inconsistency will arise with these Squier guitars.
not a guitar player for a major touring band, but do like to play while i watch tv, opened box pluged it in happy with what i got, the tone is great, like the neck! and if it warps like some of these folks are saying, will replace with birds-eye maple, then i will have a good guitar with an awesome neck!
The versatility of sound produced by the P90's is really sweet. Its hard to believe that this guitar is priced so low. The one I received was really heavy and had everyone at the store curious as to whether it was really an agitha body, and the honey color gets a compliment everywhere I go. The action was perfect right out of the box and the neck has a nice feel, although I did add a few layers of laquer to give it more of a glassy touch. I would highly recommend this guitar..my beloved strat is now resting quietly in the corner.
Ok... Bought this Tele Cuz It feels awesome in the hand, better than the low end Fender Branded Tele. The Agithyst Body has awesome sound with the P-90's stuffed in it. Out of the box this thing plays great... Bang for the buck is off the charts... But I am not an out of the box type guy, so I had my tech work on the frets which did not need much work. Tune the action which again did not need much adjustment. We took out the stock pickups and replaced them with DiMarzio Super Dist in the bridge and Virtual 90 in the neck. Scooped out all the pots and switch, put in high end 500k and coil tapped them. Then to top it off installed a Bigsby Trem with a custom bridge plate. Sounds extreem to rebuild this guitar which was awesome out of the box........ Well, for the $550 total invested in it I have a P-90 Tele that will peal the paint off the Fender Classic Player Telecaster Deluxe Black Dove Electric Guitar at $799.00! And Blow the Pickguard right off the Fender Artist Series Jim Root Telecaster Electric Guitar at $1200.00!!! Awesome as is! Killer with a lil work and a few $$$$ well spent!!! After my tech completed the work, he had it in his shop and a well known guitarist popped in to have some work done on his player, pick this up plugged it in and was so blown away that he ordered an exact copy for himself. Dont be surprised if you see a Squire as the "TOOL" used up on stage next time you hit the sold out show.....
I am an admitted guitar snob. I buy high-end instruments because I love quality builds and great tone. I don't play as well as I collect guitars, but I get by. I picked up this Tele today and plugged it into a Fender Princeton and WOW - those P-90s are not "knock-offs" they are the real deal. That guitar sounds every bit as good as some high end telecasters that are hanging on my wall or sitting in my guitar rack. I never thought I would purchase a Squire unless it was a vintage collector's model, but this guitar blew me away with its sound, action, and looks. The feel of the neck is fabulous, although I tend to like the tinted polyurethane necks that you see on many models. Still, the neck is a wonderful beefy C-shaped neck that only adds to the fabulous tone that this guitar produces. Also, I don't agree that this guitar is heavy - it is certainly heavier than the semi-hollow bodied builds, but it isn't nearly as heavy as some other solid body tele's that I own. I think that this would be a guitar that I could comfortably gig with in terms of sound, weight, and playability. In any event, I am a PROUD owner of this guitar and will never apologize for playing a Squire that sounds as great as this one does. At this price, scoop it up and enjoy! Lastly, it might very well be one of Squires better quitars, and quite possibly a collector's item some day.
I picked up this guitar used and was impressed with it considering the price range. The frets are smooth and not hand shredders like so many cheaper line guitars. The fit is better than i expected it to be for a squire and the p-90 knockoffs actually sound good clean or with distortion. Rock and metal actually sound great threw the stock pickups. The neck has a great smooth feel for faster playing. I did buy some after market chrome plastic covers which did cancal out some of the hum from the single coil pickups. I never thought i would play a telecaster for metal music,but hey it sounds great.
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