Telecaster Pro-Tone review by Squier

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.5 (4 votes)
Squier: Telecaster Pro-Tone
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Purchased from: Traded for MIM P-bass

Sound — 9
This guitar is the only Ash body guitar I have, and it sounds really nice and snappy. The Neck HB is actually pretty nice, but the JB JR in the bridge is excellent. I can run it as a HB or coil tap it to get a more traditional Tele sound. I use this with a Line 6 SVHD100/Bugera 333 and a Krank Rev 4x12. I think it sounds like a bright LP with the pickup change.

Overall Impression — 9
Over all I am extremely pleased with this guitar. I play everything from Blues to metal with this and it copes just fine. It has a distinctive sound compared to my other guitars. If you look for one used, you'll be surprised at how much it will cost for a used Squier, they go for typically $400-$600 on eBay! After owning this for several yrs now I can see why Fender stopped this line. It is everything that a diecent USA Fender is, at a fraction of the price new.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This is a 1996 model, so that means that it is 16 yrs old. It still has all the original prts minus the Bridge pickup I swaped out. I would not hesitate to play it live, because I have been for the last 6 yrs I have owned it. The strap buttons were replaced with Schaller strap locks. The finish is still in very good condition for a 16 yr old guitar that has been giged quite often.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This guitar plays amazing. I really find it hard to believe that this is not a US made guitar. The body is a beautiful 2 piece Ash that you'd be hard to find on a sub $900 fender. I have let many people try this guitar and most like it better than their Fender Tele's.

Features — 8
Made in 1996 by the Samick factory in Korea. It is 25.5" scale with 21 med frets. Maple neck with a rosewood fret-board. Very thin neck for a Telecaster. The body is a beautiful 2 piece Ash in Vintage blond. Modern string through Tele bridge. Neck PAF style HB and a Tele single coil in the bridge (I modded mine with a Seymour Duncan JB JR bridge pickup). Even for a Squier The hardware and tuners are as good as most Fender models under $700.

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    rv_phoenix
    I don't see any humbucker in the bridge position: just a stock "lipstick" Tele single coil. Then, the first reviewer awarded the guitar a 9 for sound, despite the fact hat he replaced the bridge pickup. And then claimed that a Squier copy of a Tele Thinline semi-hollowbody can play metal (perhaps it does, but with a little help of a ton of hi-gain amplification and Line 6 digital modelling: in such conditions, any guitar would do, even my electro-acoustic Seagull!). The only true thing is that a '96 Squier is better than many contemporary "Made in Mexico" or "Crafted in China" Fenders. Too bad for Fenders.
    Robbgnarly
    rv_phoenix wrote: I don't see any humbucker in the bridge position: just a stock "lipstick" Tele single coil. Then, the first reviewer awarded the guitar a 9 for sound, despite the fact hat he replaced the bridge pickup. And then claimed that a Squier copy of a Tele Thinline semi-hollowbody can play metal (perhaps it does, but with a little help of a ton of hi-gain amplification and Line 6 digital modelling: in such conditions, any guitar would do, even my electro-acoustic Seagull!). The only true thing is that a '96 Squier is better than many contemporary "Made in Mexico" or "Crafted in China" Fenders. Too bad for Fenders.
    Well the one picturd is a thinline, which mine is not. Mine is a solid body(ash)in blonde. It came stock with a full sized HB in the neck and a single coil in the bridge. My SV has the Strymon SV Pre installd, so it sounds much better than a stock SV.
    MentalDekay
    Bought one of these (blonde w/ HB) used ~16 years ago. I will never sell it. 9+ easily. Only complaint is the HB can get muddy on lots of amps. But into my AC4, the pickup absolutely sings.