The Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster SSH version is one of the company's more recent offerings to branch out to players who are looking for an affordable yet still extremely well made and versatile instrument that has a wonderful palate of tones available. This particular guitar features many specs that confirm to a standard Tele style, but some other ones that deviate from it (IE: electronics). It has an Indian Red Cedar body (not a common tonewood per se, but it is becoming a lot more common on cheaper guitars.) a maple neck with 21 frets, sealed tuners, a standard Tele style bridge with six saddles and a pickup configuration of three Duncan Designed pickups. There is a mini humbucker at the neck, a typical Strat style single coil in the middle, and your hallmark Tele bridge pickup in the bridge position. This is coupled with standard volume and tone controls as well as a 5 way switch for some added verzatility in selecting different pickup combinations.
The Squier Vintage Modified Tele SSH isn't the most ergonomic guitar that I've come across by any means. My particular example was on the heavy side (extremely heavy for a Tele I thought) and the general shape of the guitar isn't the most contoured or whatnot like a Strat. However I don't mind these things if the guitar sounds good and feel right. The upper fret access is decent enough on this as with any Tele, but it's certainly not as good as some other guitars out there with things like contoured neck heels.
Getting a good sound out of this guitar is very easy to do because of the myriad of different pickup combinations that are available. Each pickup in the guitar offers a different sort of sound or tonal characteristic and the fact that you can use the 5 way switch to combine certain pickups is a bonus as well. It takes well to many different styles and is quite versatile for a typical Squier guitar.
This particular guitar, like most Teles, has very good dynamics and responds well to both clean and overdriven tones with great dynamics, articulation and a certain clarity that I wouldn't have expected from a cedar bodied guitar. Cedar isn't a wood that's commonly used for the building of electric guitars because of its softness and generally mellow tone, so the unplugged sound really isn't much to write home about. However the stock Seymour Duncan Designed pickups really shocked me with how pure and real they sounded. They all have an open and airy quality that brings to mind a nicely preserved vintage pickup. The mini humbucker is great for jazzier or bluesy tones, the middle Strat type single coil has a wonderful "quack" sound that gives a great tone ala cleaner Hendrix or Dire Straits, and the bridge pickup has that wonderfully thick and biting Telecaster tone that has been the hallmark of many country and rock records over the years. When the pickups are distorted they still retain a good clarity to them that allows the tone to stay clear and distinct without getting muddy, and still provide great even harmonics too.
All in all I think the Squier Vintage Modified SSH Tele is a wonderful guitar for anyone looking for a fairly priced, well made and versatile guitar. At about $350 new, this guitar is an excellent deal overall, and they can be had even cheaper used. The quality is a little more hit or miss on these guitars compared to the Classic Vibe models for some reason, but the one I owned played and felt really nice despite its heavier weight and somewhat dead acoustic tone.
Number of frets: 21
Pickups: Duncan Designed TE-103B Stack (Bridge)
Duncan Designed SC-102 Stack (Middle)
Duncan Design MH-101 Mini Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
Bridge: Fender Telecaster Type
Rglages: Volume 1
1 5-way switch
Channel: Super pleasant (I t even surprised that it be so
Access to acute: Easy, no need to force it.
Form: The tastes and colors that has not argue (Very nice finish)
Weight: 4kg I let you judge
Good sound ?: Yes without an amp, guitar in it even sounds very good.
Music style: Suitable for Rock / Hard Rock Use
Amps: Can play it on any amp, all depends of the sonority that we want to look.
Effect: Wah Fits perfectly, but we can put other effects.
Sound: According to the amps and effects chosen, we get a clear sound, or hot.
Sound that I prefer: His clear
dteste: His bold
What I like most about this guitar:
-Its Microphones for clean
What I like least about this guitar:
-Its Microphones for the big distortion. (But still correct)
-Made in the Philippines
-1 Double micro coils, two single coil pickups all duncan design, five positions for the choice of pickups, 2 knobs: 1 volume, 1 Tone
Channel Agral and fast
Accs ais to acute
Ergonomics common all telecaster
Trs good sound especially if one chooses the position 1 and 5 ie the simple micro bottom and double top
Should pop, rock, raggae, the mtal, the less grunge Vox AD30VT
It works well saturated the AC / DC sound and crystal clear
I prfre is its clear sound and a pop / rock and not much saturated amplifier
I use it for two years
What I like most is its three microphones and what I like least about the difficulty to clean.
Premire is my guitar, all I wanted a telecaster fawn.
Report qualitprix excellent.
If c'tait again I would do exactly the same choice.
C t love at first sight.
Maple neck, C shape, while simple, it's slippery, it bende is nickel!
Mics: 2 singles and 1 mini humbucker.
Telecater body, very nice color Artic White, Black pickguard.
The handle, as I said above, is perfect.
Standing, the guitar is well balanced and is lightweight. Sitting is good too.
The pickups have 5 positions, but only two opposing positions are valid for me. The positions of the medium are "neutral."
Compared with normal Telecaster, the plate location of knobs and pickups selector is in reverse. It is a bad choice for my taste because when I do the rhythm, I "break" often the little finger on the volume pot just below. Already the position of the right hand is not easy to find right away on a Telecaster (compared to a Les Paul or SG), this choice of position of knobs is rather a handicap.
Well, you will understand, to share an investment right hand a little uncomfortable, the playability of the neck is very correct, and the pickups are not bad but does not relegate to the dustbin of basic lipstick, nay! To make
Black Desire with Marshall amp, rock, funk, sounds clear enough, but with a nice little grain.
Note that we always the little "twang" of the very nice Telecaster.
I use it for 3 weeks and am still learning to know, so for some negative points that I think today I might contradict the next few months. ^ ^
I bought it used on the net and so I did not try before you buy ...
I love to bend on the handle and has a great performance.
I would do if this election? Remaining on a Telecaster, in color, race, weight, balance, tone, I'm pretty happy, but compared to the microphones, I think I would have opted for either a Standard Tele (2 single pickups) and then literally a Tele Custom (2 double pickups) with a pickguard and knobs elongated staggered and do not interfere.
In short, with its mini humbucker this guitar is slightly more versatile in sound but it plays in two different schools during the coup and lacks a little character. It did not sound Strato!