The Squier Vintage Modified thinline Tele was the company's first real attempt at doing one of these semi-hollow guitars. It's definitely got a unique vibe to it that's part Tele, part Gibson, and works well for a range of tones that a normal Fender might not cover as well. It features an alder body, a maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 22 frets, sealed chrome tuners, standard Tele style bridge, and a pair of Seymour Duncan designed single coil pickups wired to a single volume and tone control along with a 3 way pickup selector. It's available in the really groovy shoreline gold finish, as well as basic black.
The design of this guitar is reasonably ergonomic. Because it's a thinline design, this guitar is definitely lighter and easier to play than a typical Telecaster for long periods of time. Despite having no contours, it forms to the body well and feels good. The neck has a nice fast finish and the upper fret access is decent enough considering the body and neck are joined by that standard 4 bolt neck joint.
Getting a good sound out of this Tele is pretty easy. In this case, the stock Duncan Designed pickups work quite well in this guitar and offer a range of tones that stick to the Fender ethos, but can veer off into some blatantly Gibson territory when set up right... very cool!
The tones out of this guitar are quite good considering the price point it's built to. The stock pickups have a nice jangle and chime to them that is perfect for country or blues type tones when used with a good clean sounding amp. They're a mild pickup, so the tone doesn't clip overly which is nice for vintage tones. The neck pickup is great for jazzier sounds, and the bridge pickup is the go to for country or brighter blues sounds. Switching to a drive sound brings in some really raunchy and bright tones that have very nice harmonic content. Unfortunately the design of the guitar and pickups prohibits using too much gain or else you'll get lots of noise and squealing, but that's par for the course. The stock pickups break up well and work excellently for classic rock and even some biting lead work here and there.
All in all I think the Squier Vintage Modified Tele Thinline is a great buy for someone looking for a great semi hollow Tele that looks cool, feels like a good quality instrument, and sounds great. They sell new for about $350 which is a good deal considering the quality that goes into the instrument. If you're into the more Fendery tone of alder, this one is ideal. If you want more of a Gibson type texture, look into the Classic Vibe thinline, which is made of mahogany.
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evanesys's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
In which country was it made?
He writes that it is just assembled in China
What type of bridge?
6 vintage telecaster bridge saddles
Very poor quality, screw height adjustment of the bridges have not taken more than 2 months for some. But I use a standard pulling strings. Fortunately I had in reserve a Fender bridge that fits perfectly on this guitar, no more worries.
What kind of stick?
Maple neck, C-profile (for a classic tele). Alder body I think (check).
How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?
22 frets, 2 Duncan Design micro model telecaster.
The handle is very easy and very pleasant. By micro cons are not stay very long on the guitar, I planned to change them before buying this guitar. I tested quickly anyway, it sounds not too bad, but nothing exceptional, not much personality. I installed a fender tele vintage stick and a G & L bluesboy in bridge, and there it sounds much better.
What are the settings?
Setting very simple: a three-position switch to select a single microphone or both at the same time and two pots, one for volume and one for tone. Nothing to say about these factors, it seems proper quality.
I put a score of 7 primarily because the bridge is really poor quality, may be after it was a fault on my guitar, and also the microphone that is not great, at the same time at this price ... ..
The handle is it nice?
Yes very nice, I'm changing my handle before Ibanez ^ ^.
Ergonomics is good?
I feel, because it is partly hollow, it is a bit lighter than my previous guitar.
For form is the form typical telecaster, Me like it.
Access to acute (last string) Is it easy?
Exactly the same as for a classic telecaster (sorry I know this is not an answer, but I'm more rhythmic solo ^ ^)
Do you get a good sound easy?
This guitar is very simple to use, a more serious neck pickup is selected, inversely with the bridge pickup and a tuning with the two pots .... nothing fancy.
I put 10 because it suits me perfectly.
Are they suitable for your style of music?
I do a good big rock, fat, pulling a little on the punk moments and it's perfect.
(Always keep in mind that my pickups are not original)
What kind of sound you get and with what settings?
Very versatile anyway, I can have beautiful clear sound with my Fender amp and bass distortion well fat. on the other hand recess it may be limited to metal, but hey I do not think our friends metalheads moving on this kind of guitar.
With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I play a Fender hybrid (performer 1000), with an octave, big muff, equalizer and wah.
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I love the combination of the two microphones, I can have a fairly balanced in its clean or distortion. I like a little less clean in the bridge pickup with a lot of treble, but this is a matter of taste.
Both pickups together produce relatively little parasite, while the horror is when I'm on one ... after that may be just my wiring.
I put 8 is the sound I wanted, but I still remember that this is not the original pickups. I had to test them anyway out of curiosity, but nothing to do with those I have now, I probably put a score of 5 max.
I use it for just over 3 months I had tried other telecaster: for me it is well above the initial price Squier, but obviously below the official Fender I've tried.
If that choice had to be rebuilt I would take the same model can be Thinline but classic vibe (the varnished wood, I like very much), although slightly more expensive. I knew this model on the internet, shoreline gold color scared me at first when I saw pictures, but in reality it is very beautiful, I got very quickly, and all those who give me their opinion is the very beautiful too.
What I like most is the fact that it is a Thinline, I always wanted to have one, and more here it is new and cheap ... ^ ^
on the other hand I am repeating myself but I was very disappointed with the easel, the microphones also there but I doubt it.
Finally we talk about sub ^ ^, very good value (about 300 euros I think), very good violin. And for some euros more you add an easel and good microphones and then we get a really good guitar.
Edit: After several months of use I noticed a small problem when accuracy is far from the head, even after adjustment in the luthier. Nothing too serious, but eventually it feels. For this reason I do is only 8, despite the attractive price of the beast.