This particular guitar will rival ANYTHING Fender makes regardless of where they make it. I've been through a total of 8 Pro Tones In the past 15 years. Only one needed a lot of setup work. They are consistently of great quality. Made at the Cort Factory in Korea when Fender said "Show up what you've got" and received a product that displaced American sales by 23% it was so good. They were discontinued after only 2 years
FIRST! To anyone considering replacing the pickups in a Pro Tone, DONT. They sound bright (just a little tinny) because they have 500K pots and an .022 cap. If you merely replace the pots with 250k and the cap with .047, you will have some great vintage sounding pickups. Ashe body (mines vintage see through blonde) Maple Neck and fingerboard. (the best feeling Maple fingerboard I've ever put my hands on, and I sell guitars for a living, so I've had scores of Strats run through my hands) 9 1/2" fingerboard radius, vintage size frets, vintage style tremelo with big block and Fender stamped bent steel saddles, mint green pickguard with aged knobs and pickup covers and switch tip. Chrome 12 to 1 die cast tuners. Made in Korea, and are some of the best Strats ever made. I have 15 Strats. Jap re-issues, custom built USA parts, Mexi, doesn't matter. THIS is my favorite Strat.
Action is fantastic. I've had 3 of these Blonde ones, The one I have now has a pretty chunky neck. Another that I had, had the thinnest neck for a production Fender I've ever played. Mine Plays easier than anything I own, or have handled.
CLASSIC vintage Fender sound IF you change out the pots and cap
It's a Strat. It'll last forever
The definetely don't make 'em like this one anymore. If you happen upon one of these guitars at a shop, buy it and don't ask any questions....you won't be disappointed. I couldn't imagine not having this guitar.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willis Music
This baby comes to us straight from Korea. It features an ash body with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. It is set up just the same as any other standart strat (S/S/S pickups, 2 tone controls and 1 volume knob with passive electronics). It features a transparent wine finish with gold hardware.
After having my guitar professionally set up, it plays and sounds better than any series of the new strat. I replaced the original pickups with Fender Noiseless, and replaced the original nut with a graphite one. With lower action and a satin finished neck, it feels as smooth as it sounds.
For anybody who owns one of these babies, I would strongly recommend replacing the pickups as I did. You loose the high bright sound and replace it with a mellow 50's sound. I play this guitar through a Fender Princeton Chourus amp which is a match made in heaven. This guitar is perfect for both the stage and the studio.
After almost a year after having it set up and adjusted, I still only need to tune it once before every show. I trust that it will always hold tune throughout. It is a well crafted instrument, and has been very durable so far.
I also looked at the Epiphone Dot and Fender Standard Strat. I would never let anyone have a chance to steal this guitar, so I wouldn't ever need to buy one again. I might buy a backup though. The best aspect of this guitar is probably the ash body or the pickups. Overall, this is the best guitar you can get for the money.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: A Friend
This guitar was made around 1997 I think. The body is ash, the neck is maple, and it has 21 frets I think. It has three single coil pickups. They have a very "twangy" sound to them. The tuners are decent, but nothing special.
The action on this guitar is great, very low. The neck is very comfortable, and it's the best squier that there is in my opinion. It has no flaws other than a spot of rust on the bridge.
I only use Ampeg amp's with it. I have a Reverberocket that I use with it, and it sounds great. This guitar is great for Rock, Ska, Blues, ect...Pretty much everything but Metal. The sound is very twangy, like Mark Knopfler.
It is very reliable. It rarely ever needs to be adjusted, and all of the hardware is holding up well. It doesn't have any problems in climate changes.
I don't know
As you can tell I really, really love this guitar
If anyone can get their hands on a mid 70's Strat GET ONE
Model Year: 1977
Where Obtained: family member
U.S made (Believe)
21 frets 6 string
1-volume & 2-tone controls
3-pickups I installed a 5 position switch
standard fender electronics (nonactive)
standard fender pickups
standard strat body
strung-thru body bridge
No flaws in this strat. it plays like no other guitar plays. Its sound is so versitile that I've gigged with hard core rock bands, jazz, funk/r&b, classic rock, etc. and never had to worry if the guitar would sound right or handle it.
Roland Jazz 120---DOD/G7 and BOSS Foot Pedals
See above---I haven't found a style it can't handle
the sound is incredible
I've had several Gibsons, I've played some Ibenez and kept returning to my stat
I am currently looking at a New DeArmond Starfire hollow-body
Just typical single coil noise
I've had this guitar for 20years and have had it adjusted twice
straplocks are original
doesn't need tunig after climate change
Chose this one because i loved the sound, the neck felt nice, it was a good size, not to heavy
i would buy it again if it were lost,
the guitar would be better if the volume pot wasn't bad
i love the way i can bang it around and it dosn't get hurt
Model Year: 1996
Price: $360.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Whitmer and Mckniese
Made in japan
23 frets, 6 strings, volume, tone, 5 posistion toggle switch, 3 pickups, black finish, non locking tuners
Yes, the neck is a good size, plays about as well as a washburn
Fender, marshall, crate, korg, zoom,
punk,hardcore, yes very nice,
good for everything, country is good,
sounds very thin,
Very good for live playing,
needs to be tuned a whole lot, trus rod about once every 6 months
all hardware good eccept volume pot, which is horrible
great thru climate changes, air conditioning to sun, ect..
I love it, Ill never part with it.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $359.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Akron Music
Texas special pickups, usually an ash body, just great sounds.
Like any ordinary strat only cheeper
Those pickups shine, very mellow sounds.
This is a very good guitar, awesome play, and great sound. You get the fender expirience, but your pocket won't be hurting
Model Year: 1999
Price: $290.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Marathon Music Center
Beautiful Jimi Hendrix style Beautiful neck woodwork, unlike most Stratocasters, the wood from the head is visible under the paint, awesome look to it
Easy to play, anyone can pick it up and play
Great sound, although there is better sounding guitars, this is among the best
Strong guitar, very dense wood
if you can still find one of these buy it. don't let the squire name fool you, this is a better strat than 80% of fenders now being made. IMHO ash bodied strats sound and feel better than the alder or poplar bodies. they had the right combination of body and pickups on these pro tones. i don't believe i'll ever change the pickups on this, because Sultans of swing and Free ride don't sound right on any other strat i've played!
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: kidder music
ash body, vintage tremolo, single coil pickups along the lines of the texas special or tex mex variety
heavy as a cinder block, had to file fret edges down, neck smooth as silk
gorgeous sound! i tried out about 10 fenders and this squire left them in the dirt, lay yer ear on the horn and strike a note...gorgeous!
gigged with it for a year or more now...absolutely no complaints