So I was thinking about getting a Telecaster that I can beat up on and not worry if it got stolen. Basically, I was wondering if the $150 range Squire telecasters are worth it? Is there a high variation in quality? Or are they all going to be the same?
I would definitely advise trying before you buy, because there can be considerable variation. I've played some really awful Squiers, but I use my Squier Strat as a backup and it's not bad.
the affinity series with a serial # starting with IC and made in Indonesia are the better quality squires in that price range, the Chinese ones are plywood