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                    Best Poplar Body Telecaster Style Guitars in 2023

                    Here you'll find the best Poplar body Telecaster style guitars. It's similar to Alder in terms of tone as it has a fat low-end with strong mids, but it's a lot cheaper and softer. It's a bit heavier so it's mostly used for tops.

                    Out of the more than 2000 guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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                    1. Fender Squier Sonic Telecaster

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                    Fender Squier Sonic Telecaster
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 68
                    Build quality 55
                    Value for money 81
                    Overall Score 66

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                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (11 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2023 Sonic series
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Indian Laurel fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Ceramic Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Ceramic Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 6-Saddle Top-Load Tele with Block Saddles bridge
                    • C Shape Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Die-Cast Sealed tuners
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                    Fender Squier Sonic Telecaster
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    2. Fender Squier Contemporary Telecaster HH

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                    Fender Squier Contemporary Telecaster HH
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                    Playability 78
                    Sound 68
                    Build quality 52
                    Value for money 76
                    Overall Score 66

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                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (19 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2018 Contemporary series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 12" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Ceramic Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Ceramic Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Hardtail With Block Saddles bridge
                    • Modern C Bolt-On neck
                    • 22 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Standard Die-Cast tuners
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                    Fender Squier Contemporary Telecaster HH
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    3. Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Deluxe

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                    Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Deluxe
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 69
                    Build quality 55
                    Value for money 76
                    Overall Score 66

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Easy (1 vote)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (2 votes)
                    • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (2 votes)
                    • Weight: Lightweight (2 votes)
                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (19 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2019 Classic Vibe series
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Wide Range Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Wide Range Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • 2 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Tele with Bent Steel Saddles bridge
                    • Modern C Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Vintage-Style tuners
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                    Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Deluxe
                    • Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    4. Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Custom

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                    Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Custom
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 69
                    Build quality 55
                    Value for money 76
                    Overall Score 66

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (19 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (10 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (14 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2019 Classic Vibe series
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Wide Range Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • 2 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles bridge
                    • Modern C Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Vintage-Style tuners
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                    Fender Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Custom
                    • Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    5. Fender Squier Sonic Esquire H

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                    Fender Squier Sonic Esquire H
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 65
                    Build quality 55
                    Value for money 80
                    Overall Score 65

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (11 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2023 Sonic series
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Indian Laurel fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Ceramic Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • Bridge pickup: Ceramic Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 6-Saddle Top-Load Tele with Block Saddles bridge
                    • C Shape Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Die-Cast Sealed tuners
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                    Fender Squier Sonic Esquire H
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in Indonesia
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    6. Fender Squier Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster Thinline

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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster Thinline
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 68
                    Build quality 54
                    Value for money 76
                    Overall Score 66

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Normal (2 votes)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (3 votes)
                    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (2 votes)
                    • Weight: Very lightweight (3 votes)
                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (11 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (10 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (14 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2020 Paranormal series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Hardtail bridge
                    • C Shape Bolt-On neck
                    • 22 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Vintage-Style tuners
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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster Thinline
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    7. Fender Squier Paranormal Baritone Cabronita Telecaster

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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Baritone Cabronita Telecaster
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 68
                    Build quality 52
                    Value for money 75
                    Overall Score 65

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
                    • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (1 vote)
                    • Weight: Lightweight (1 vote)
                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (11 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Noisy (1 vote)
                    • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2020 Paranormal series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 27"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Indian Laurel fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Soapbar Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Soapbar Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Hardtail bridge
                    • C Shape Bolt-On neck
                    • 22 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Vintage-Style tuners
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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Baritone Cabronita Telecaster
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    8. Fender Squier Paranormal Offset Telecaster

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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Offset Telecaster
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 68
                    Build quality 52
                    Value for money 75
                    Overall Score 65

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Very Easy (1 vote)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
                    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
                    • Weight: Slightly heavy (1 vote)
                    • Neck profile shape: C (21 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (11 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (10 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (14 votes)
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                    • From Fender Squier's 2020 Paranormal series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles bridge
                    • C Shape Bolt-On neck
                    • 22 Narrow Tall frets
                    • Vintage-Style tuners
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                    Fender Squier Paranormal Offset Telecaster
                    • Synthetic Bone Nut
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No Top Brand Pickups
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    9. Harley Benton TE-62DB

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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 70
                    Build quality 52
                    Value for money 81
                    Overall Score 66

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Very Easy (2 votes)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (2 votes)
                    • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (1 vote)
                    • Weight: Slightly heavy (1 vote)
                    • Neck profile shape: D (3 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (5 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (4 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (4 votes)
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                    • From Harley Benton's 2022 Deluxe series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 12" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Laurel fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • Hardtail bridge
                    • Harley Benton Modern D Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Medium Jumbo frets
                    • Kluson style tuners
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                    Harley Benton TE-62DB
                    • Top Brand Pickups
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No High-Quality Nut
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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                    10. Harley Benton TE-62CC

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                    Harley Benton TE-62CC
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                    Playability 75
                    Sound 70
                    Build quality 52
                    Value for money 81
                    Overall Score 66

                    Player Feedback

                    • Neck access to high frets: Very Easy (3 votes)
                    • Fret edges: Smooth (3 votes)
                    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (3 votes)
                    • Weight: Lightweight (3 votes)
                    • Neck profile shape: D (3 votes)
                    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (5 votes)
                    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (4 votes)
                    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (4 votes)
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                    • From Harley Benton's 2022 Deluxe series
                    • Made in China
                    • 6 strings
                    • 25.5"'' scale
                    • 12" Fretboard Radius
                    • Poplar body
                    • Maple neck
                    • Maple fretboard
                    • Bridge pickup: Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • Neck pickup: Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B (Single Coil/Passive)
                    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
                    • 3-way Switch
                    • Hardtail bridge
                    • Harley Benton Modern D Bolt-On neck
                    • 21 Medium Jumbo frets
                    • Kluson style tuners
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                    Harley Benton TE-62CC
                    • Top Brand Pickups
                    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                    • No Locking Tuners
                    • Made in China
                    • No Expensive Woods
                    • No High-Quality Nut
                    • No Neck-Through Build
                    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
                    • No Weight Relief
                    • No Tremolo
                    • No Luminescent Inlay
                    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                    • No Strap Lock

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