Fender Squier Standard Strat

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Great guitar at a great price. Playability: great comfort but a little heavy. Great for beginner looking for a hot tone to start. Big Head Stock model, single tremolo, Standard tuners and 3 single coil pick-ups
Posted By Ricky Acuna (8)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 8/28/2008, James Walczak (4510) posted:
Overall Rating:
I just purchased this guitar this last week and overall, this is an outstanding value in a Strat! I looked at -many- other Strats at the time (over a dozen in fact) as I was considering options for new pups for my MIM Strat and I have to honestly say that even if I had of had $1500 to buy a high end American Standard, I would have chosen this guitar...yes...it's THAT good! I wasn't even looking to purchase a new guitar...I was really only looking at pickups, but this beauty fell under the classification of "had to have" and for the price, I just couldn't pass it up! The sound is fantastic, the finish is -INCREDIBLE- and the feel is simply wonderful! I would easily buy another of this model if it were lost or stolen (assuming it were still available).

Now one thing I would like to add quickly here is that I'm no newbie to guitars or Strats. I've been playing for well over 20 years now and with this new Squire Strat my official count is up to 19 guitars (3 others of which are Strats/copies). I will admit that I do have rather unique tastes when it comes to guitars and their sound, but I do certainly know a decent instrument when I see (or play) one!

Also, while I realize this is a bit subjective, I have always believed that there is something about a great guitar that screams "PLAY ME!" from across a room. It's a bit like dating really...for a guy in a room crowded with women, there's always one or two that really catch your eye. You go over to meet them and then you find out if the chemistry is actually there. The same is true of guitars and specifically with this guitar. In a crowded show room floor with literally dozens of Strats and easily over 100 other guitars on display, there was something about this guitar that just called to me. Now as with women (or women looking for guys for that matter), sometimes after you meet them you find out their either too intellectual, too ditzy, too shallow, etc., and you know it just wasn't meant to be. In this case however, this guitar played and sounded just as good as it looked! All of the right elements were there for a solid and lasting relationship :-D.

Now a couple of things folks should know here. Again I bought this at Guitar Center and it seems that GC no longer does setups on their guitars when they bring them in. They come out of the box and go right to the show room floor (at least here at their Cleveland store). I played two virtually identical models of this same instrument and there was a small but noticeable difference in "feel" that I would easily attribute to the setup (or lack there of). Please don't let this throw you...the quality of an instrument should never be judged by how well or how poorly the retailer sets up the instrument! Even if the instrument has a fantastic setup from the factory, things can happen during shipping that can and often will toss the setup off. However it is also worth noting that if this is how well this Strat played without a dealer setup, to me that's a good sign of how well it holds the setup to begin with!

There is one other very small little nit... Ok...I know this is a dumb little thing but the pickguard, knobs and pup covers aren't actually "white". They do in fact have a very slight green tint to them, reminiscent of "glow in the dark" plastic. It is a -very- slight tint...hardly noticeable unless you compare it with plastic that is actually white. I'm sure this wouldn't bother most folks out there, it certainly doesn't affect the sound, playability or the overall fantastic finish of this instrument and of course being a Strat it's quite easy to change (which I'll probably do with my first string change), but I did find it a tad bit unnerving as I really thought there was something wrong with my eyes! I had noticed it in the store, but thought that maybe it had something to do with the florescent lighting or something. Once I got it home and compared it to an actual white pickguard, it was clear that there was a tint to it. Why Fender/Squire chose to add a very slight green tint to a cherry burst finished instrument...I don't get it.

Beyond that, I have to honestly say that this is an incredible guitar even at 3 times the price! I can easily and whole-heartedly recommend this instrument to anyone from a mere beginner to even an advanced pro looking for that classic Strat sound. I am really blown away by the fact this this instrument is a "$200 Chinese Squire"...simply unbelievable! If you are considering an MIM standard or even an American Standard, you should really take a look at these instruments as well...you could very well save yourself several hundreds of dollars!
Model Year: 2008
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Centers
Features:
This is one of the "Crafted in China" models made from Alder/Agathis. It's a 22 fret rosewood fretboard with all the standard stuff you'd expect on a strat...3 single coils, 5 way switching, etc. This particular model has a "Cherry Burst" finish, not unlike what you'd see on many LP's. The amazing thing about this instrument is that all of the hardware is top notch, comparable to that of an American Standard. In fact, the 2 point trem looks identical to those found on the American Standards!
Playability:
This instrument is exactly what most folks have come to expect from a "Standard" Strat. It has the "C" shaped neck that many people prefer and it really plays smooth as silk...quite impressive from such an "inexpensive" guitar! As far as playability goes, it is very much on par with even an American Standard. Very smooth, good fit and finish, nice fretwork, very nice and stable trem action, etc.. The tuning is a little sensitive due I'm sure to the "floating trem" but once she's tuned, she stays put very well even with fairly heavy trem use. Anything beyond that I would simply attribute to being a "brand new guitar" taken from a nice air conditioned show room to the poorly regulated environment of my basement studio! More than enough to shake even the most expensive axe! LOL!!!
Sound Quality:
I'm playing this thru a Lab L5 and my Peavey Backstage practice amp as well as the Fender Deluxe that I played it thru in the show room and so far the sound is -very- good for such an inexpensive instrument! According to the label it has "upgraded alnico pickups" and I would easily put the sound on par with a more vintage sounding Strat. It really has that bright classic Strat tone that is so ideal for everything from classic rock to blues to country. It does have the typical single coil "hum" that one would expect, but considering the tone this instrument produces, it's well worth this minor annoyance. The sustain is also about what you'd expect from a "stock Strat". If you're expecting this instrument to sound like an LP or a PRS then you will be disappointed...it is after all, a Strat. However that said, again this is an exceptional instrument for the price and the sustain is on par with or better than you will find in an MIM or other similar models.
Durability:
Durability....hmmm...that's hard to say as I've had the instrument for less than a week so far! LOL!!! Being a brand new instrument I suspect there will be a "settling in period", but I have to honestly say that I do not foresee any issues with this guitar. The workmanship and quality of this instrument are again on par with that of much more expensive guitars from Fender and I would expect this instrument to hold up just as well as an MIM or an American Standard. It's a "Strat" in the truest sense!
On 12/5/2003, Darko Stefanovic (15) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is more than I need so far.
I will maybe buy Ibanez Artcore AG75 for a jazz sound.
A friend of mine told me: It's about the ear not about the gear. I think he was right. A lot of practice makes more difference than an expensive gear.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $129.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Crafted In China, Maple Neck, Blue Agathis Body, Standard Tremolo.
Playability:
I am Electric Guitar Beginner. Played nylon strings before. Able to play beginners and intermediate licks and solos.
Sound Quality:
I am using VAMP-2. Satisified with this combination.
Durability:
Tunes fine, even after lot of tremolo usage and string bending. Keeps intonation well.
On 9/29/2002, Chris Wright (108) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall it's a great guitar and if I had another chance to buy a guitar it would be a Fender squire strat.
Price: $70.00
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Features:
Made in Indonesia. Almost perfect sondition. Candy apple red, Tremelo bridge. 3 single pick-ups, 21 frets (I think) non-locking tuners, double cutaway body.
Playability:
Sounds great even without an amp.
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Marlboro amp (dont ask). I play punk and Classic rock. Sounds great. It suitable for all styles.
Durability:
It can take a beating I guess. It only has one vary small ding in the back that you cant even see becouse of the color.
On 6/18/2002, Ricky Sheffler (428) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this after playing my acoustic for 2 years. After 6 months, I realized my mistake. It has a horrible tone. When you are first starting out, its good, because you sound bad anyway. But as soon as you start to really get into it, you realize all the drawbacks.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $170.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Features:
Made in Asia. Poor quality wood. Has volume and 2 tones along with a pickup switch. Blue finish.
Playability:
Playablity wise, its not that bad. The neck isn't great, but for this price range, its worth it. The action on mine was good.
Sound Quality:
If you don't plug it in it sounds fine (like an unplugged electric). But as soon as you turn on the amp you'll wish you hadn't. Horrible pickups. Unshielded, creating a horrible buzz. Awful tone. Lacks punch distorted, lacks tone clean. My friend's Ibanez (same price range) sounds much better.
Durability:
Poor Durability. Toggle switch broke after 3 months.
On 2/5/2001, Michael Carter (1094) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good for cheap guys, and begginners. Stick some new pickups on, and its execelent. Looks great.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $100.00
Where Obtained: Musicman Reading
Features:
Made in mexico...
Playability:
Actions a little low for my liking.
Sound Quality:
Jack of all trades....lots of styles, none brilliant!
Durability:
Hasny broken yet!
On 12/11/2000, Budda Bando (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Very good begginer guitar.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ward brought
Features:
Playability:
Very playable. a little buz on the low e but overal very playable.
Sound Quality:
Very good sound.
Durability:
Very durable. I've not had any problems in the year that I've had it exept that the paint is chiped
On 10/19/2000, Mark Kirker (4) posted:
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I looked at te affinity squires and i choose this because it looked better, and the hardware was more durable yes, definatley i love the 4 pickups it is real cool instrument
Model Year: 1999
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Matchetts Music Store
Features:
Made in china, Mapleneck Fretboard, 22 frets, 6 strings, Volume pickup + 2 tone pickups, 4 pickups, Double cutaway, metal sring through body bridge, locking fender tuners
Playability:
Yes i can obtain my preferred action, Neck is excellent compared to my old encore elctric, it is one of the best i have played, no flaw in the slightest
Sound Quality:
I use a 60 watt fender amp I play lead, classic rock(bon jovi etc) it plays well, jazz, blues, classical, and punk the sound can be altered on the amp it has a very definate, crisp and clean sound Stage/studio, depends on amp settings
Durability:
Very reliable for stage play 5/6 months everything is in order no noticeable difference
On 9/5/2000, Neil Marriott posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, I think the Squier is a great guitar for beginners and just for general playing and messing about. But as you improve it will be worthwhile investing in something a little better.
Price: $90.00
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
Made in China. I wasn't sure about a Squier at first but when I started to play it I liked it straight away. 3 single coils, Maple body, Mahogany neck.
Playability:
Maybe a little heavy, but i've played heavier. Good neck and you can reach all parts of the fretboard easily; which is helpful...
Sound Quality:
Sound quality is good for a 'budget' guitar, but at louder volumes I'm not sure what it can really do.
Durability:
VERY durable. I bought it off a friend who had it for four years before more; only thing need replacin is the strings. The pick-ups are still holding out well and no problems so far.
On 8/25/2000, Jeff Wilson (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
I got this one because it was a good quality cheap electric guitar. Id buy a different guitar if i lost this one though, just because my playing needs have changed.
Price: $125.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Boca Music Shop by EBAY
Features:
Japan made. Cheap guitar, but plays great. Actual retail is about 150-200, so i got a deal. Maplewood neck is good. 3 pickups with 2 tone nobs. Configured s/s/s. Non locking tuners.
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Very customizable.
Durability:
Could be used as a gig guitar, although i wouldnt recommend it. As is said, its a begginers guitar. I'd reccommend the Fender Stratocaster over this for gigs.
On 8/4/2000, Kevin Kennedy (133) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great guitar. Don't let anyone tell you Squier strats are any different from regular Strats.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Friend.
Features:
Rosewood fretboard. Two tone controls, one volume. Three single coil pickups. It's a Korean strat. Nice metallic blue paint job.
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Durability:
No Nirvanas as yet.
On 7/17/2000, Jake Quarrell (634) posted:
Overall Rating:
My opinion on this guitar is as follows: This is an excellent beginner guitar for one whose just starting out. If you want to be a serious musician, this will not take you ANYWHERE! It's a good guitar for me, but I'm starting to outplay it.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $105.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junkie Music
Features:
First, since this is a 96 model, it has a poplar body, which is terrible. It chips very easily, and is heavy. The neck is alder, with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, which also chips easily. 70's big headstock. There is one master volume control, and two tone controls. There is a five setting switcher. The pickups are single coil, s/s/s, with active electronics. Non locking tuners, string through body style, strat body.
Playability:
The action is very easy to change, but I usually keep it kind of high. The neck is ultra thin, making it very easy to reach the low-e string. Very nice. It plays very well compared to other Fender Strats, but falls short to almost all other competition. Playability on this guitar is good.
Sound Quality:
I used this with a Peavey Rage 158 amp, and usually kept it clean, or put as much distortion as possible. The musical style this guitar is best for would be hard rock, or heavy metal. The sound is very full. The sound is ok compared to some other guitars, such as a Gibson SG Special, and a Fender Standard Telecaster. It is much better for the stage, in my opinion, because you can get almost no clean sound.
Durability:
This guitar is fine for live playing, it will hold up, and probably won't go out on you. On adjusting the truss rod, A LOT! Every time there is a climate change, you have to adjust it. It can't seem to stay straight! The hardware is just fine, the controls are fine, and the strap locks are fine.
On 7/3/2000, Ricky Acuna (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
I Think ITS GREAT> for begginers and inntermidate too
Model Year: 1998
Price: $229.99 P.R. (new)
Where Obtained: Villa Music Puerto Rico
Features:
Made in China ..i toutgh it was going to sound poor but i was Wrong it has 3 standard single coil pick-ups that sounded great.Maple body , with standard tremolo
Playability:
Its a little heavy but. its ok great for solos.
Sound Quality:
IT haves a nice tone for rock music but when i push the dist. pedal it rocks my head off.
Durability:
I now have it for two yars and still new..