I own two Gibsons (SG Special and SG Classic) and this guitar. I have been playing guitar for five years and am at a pretty advanced level. I just felt like buying a Squier, just to try something different. Don't expect this guitar sounding like a 1000 dollar Fender. This guitar is outstanding for the price, and is a beginner's dream. Very good guitar!
Model Year: 2008
Price: $349.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in China
Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241 mm)
Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Nut Width: 1.65" (42 mm)
Tuning Keys: Vintage style tuning machines
Bridge: Vintage style, 6-saddle tremolo
Pickguard: 3-ply Tortoise shell
Neck pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
Middle pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
Bridge pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
Pickup switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone
Strings: (.009 - .042) Nickel Plated Steel
When I first bought the guitar, it was unplayable out of the box and contained some flaws. It needed a setup real bad. After the setup, it was playable. I prefer high action than low action, and the guitar can obtain high action. Personally, I find the neck a bit too thin, but it is quite comfortable.
I use a Roland Cube 60 with this guitar, and play blues and jazz with this guitar, and sounds very good, not excellent. All Fenders are meant for twangy music. The guitar sounds very thin. The Pickups are not very noisy.
I played this guitar live a couple of times, and nothing broke off. I was surprised. Everything is great except the strap locks. When I was playing live, I was luckily sitting down with the strap, because one of the strap locks broke off for no specific reason. If I was standing up, the guitar would've slipped out of my hands. That would've been pretty embarrassing!