Squier Sonic Telecaster review – the best-value Fender Tele you can buy?

Fender’s budget brand comes in strong with a convincing Telecaster that’s ideal for newcomers to the electric guitar, and a lot of fun for all players

Squier Sonic Telecaster
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

Squier serves up an authentic Telecaster experience for under 200 bucks. It's playable, sounds great, and ideal for beginners.


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    Entry-level pricing, classic Fender design.

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    Easy to play.

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    Responsive tone control.

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    Bridge pickup might be a little bright for some tastes.

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In April 2023, Fender announced the Squier Sonic range – a collection of Stratocasters, Telecasters, Mustangs and a handful of bass guitars that weighed in under $/£200. As a successor to the cult popular Bullet range, though, the Sonics had a lot to live up to.

Squier Bullet guitars were widely regarded as some of the best affordable guitars money could by, and represented both a solid choice for first-time guitarists, and a well-priced platform for more seasoned strummers to either obtain some Fender feel or put their modding abilities to the test without worrying about expensive overheads. 

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.