Squier 40th Anniversary Telecaster Gold Edition review

The Squier Tele gets all dressed up to celebrate a big year – and shows how far Fender's entry-level brand has come

Squier 40th Anniversary Telecaster Gold Edition
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

There is no more appropriate way for Squier to celebrate 40 trips round the sun than with a classy Telecaster at a friendly price – with a few choice mods, this could be truly a top-tier instrument.


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    A budget-friendly instrument with collectible kudos.

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    It looks exquisite.

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    Player-friendly setup and feel.


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    If the gold is too much bling, the Vintage Edition might be more your taste.

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    Pickups lack a little oomph.

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Do you know what’s 40 years old in 2022? For perspective, music lovers may be unaware that Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast and the Clash’s Combat Rock turn 40 this year. 

Feel old yet? And surprisingly, for musicians like me, I had no idea Squier is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year – because, if you ask me, the entry-level instrument brand is far from over the hill, but rather, coming of age. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.