Neck Pickup, 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Chrome Barrel Saddles. (maple neck, sealed tuners). Although we love the Squier Classic Vibe series here at GvG for their impeccable value, Squier's roots are firmly in the budget market and guitars tailored for beginners. So I’m assuming this was done to “solve” something. ... Cavity depth is 1-1/2" leaving a face thickness of 1/4". plus tight fitting neck template. There are many holes in this article since many things are not (or hardly) documented. The Fender Telecaster was the very first mass-produced solid body electric guitar and has a widespread appeal that is only rivaled by a few other guitars. Player-friendly features include a slim, comfortable “C”-shaped neck profile with an easy-playing 9.5”-radius fingerboard and narrow-tall frets, as well as a vintage-style Telecaster bridge with barrel saddles and string-through-body design. Our verdict is usually framed by what users around the web say. Many dealers are open and/or accepting online or phone orders based on guidance from health and government authorities. As stated earlier the Affinity telecaster had an odd angle for the bridge pickup. Online music instrument retailers like Sweetwater, Thomann, Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend offer hassle-free returns as standard, so you can purchase a guitar, play it in the comfort and privacy of your home and, if it’s not for you, send it back with ease. The main difference between the two models is the thickness of both the body and neck. But there are also 1998 and 1999 models with the "CD"serial prefix, with a top load body (for CD99) with 6 barrel-bridges (instead of block saddles). Since 2001 was the year were changes in Affinity telecaster production were introduced, There might have been a temporary change of production to Indonesia to allow for adjusting everything in the Chinese Factory. The ProTone was discontinued in 1997. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Please choose your region below, 3-Position Blade: Position 1. For the purposes of this article the the focus will be on Squier Telecasters starting 1996. The color is “baltic blue”, and there are pictures of other 2000 Affinity teles of the same color in the top-load version, so the Affinity was made in this color both in China AND in Indonesia. • 537 Antique Burst (tortoise pickguard) (introduced in 2004) During this time, a version of the “Standard” Squier Telecaster was produced in Mexico (013-2302). Player-friendly features include a slim, comfortable “C”-shaped neck profile with an easy-playing 9.5”-radius fingerboard and narrow-tall frets, as well as a vintage-style Telecaster bridge with barrel saddles and string-through-body design. The pickups got replaced with alnico-versions (the best sounding pickups in any single coil Squier tele IMHO. One year later (in 1999) we see the thinner body and the top-load bridge for the Affinity being introduced, with production started in 1998. This seems a bit odd. If anything, this one was actually more expensive to produce (due to better hardware, more hardware, and more expensive labor costs). Somewhere in 2000 the Affinity got a maple fretboard (without skunk stripe). The only thing that was changed back and forth was the bridge. There is no extra charge to have any or all the control holes cut in their standard positions (shown above). They appear to be a continuation of the other Yako-made Affinity teles. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. During the year there are three different versions of the Squier Standard Telecaster. • 507 Vintage Blonde Our algorithm has both models tied at a score of, 6-Saddle Standard Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. In 2000 the production line was changed gradually from one model to another. All Rights Reserved. The 1999 price list mentions a “top-load” bridge, while in fact, it was a dual-load bridge: both top load an string-through is possible, and the string ferrules were installed. There is a lot documentation about the Squier Stratocaster on the internet; however, the Telecaster is under documented. Unfortunately, the ProTone Telecasters were in direct competition with the Fender branded guitars, which was hurting sales. It's somewhat surprising how short a time that the maple fretboard Standard was made in Indonesia. The second and third version from 2000 (and all years since then) have the “thick” font. 1999 is the year where the history of the Modern “Standard” begins. Contrary to other 2000 Affinity telecaster this guitar has a dual load (top-load and string-through) bridge, and flush string ferrules. Fender® 351 Shape Graphic Picks (12 per pack). 2-Piece body template no inlays! This version remained pretty much the same until the rosewood fretboard was replaced with an Indian Laurel version around 2018.