I wasnt going to buy another guitar i was on my usual look and learn visit to the shop. the shop i go to is great they let you try anything anytime and when i saw this squire i played it for about an hour. as i have said earlier it felt right. i dont know if i could get it any better i cant find anything wrong with it. if you see any early 90,s model squires try one, i think you will like it.
Where Obtained: local shop
I already own 2 usa made strats. i saw this squire in the shop and it said buy me. so i did. one look at the neck and it was love at first sight. it plays better than my usa strats. yes i can hear all the people LOL. but it really does. the neck is the smoothest maple i have played. it has the usual fender goodies, but it just feels right to play.
I am not a guitar guru i just play for own fun these days, along with a couple of other grandfathers. the neck seems to allow me to play the blues with more feeling. the only flaw on the axe is a couple of surface cracks near the neck. i am told this is common for strats, it doesnt bother after speaking to others on wholenote.
I use a peavey rage 108 with a digitech mp50. i can use this set to play anything from linkin park to the shadows. the sound of the squire payed just bare bones, thats with no effects, is very much like hank marvins strats. i wont be making any mods to this model.
It keeps its tune very well and using the daddario xl 120 strings doesnt have any effect on it. the help i got on wholenote has been invaluable when tuning and playing. when i got it the shop gave it the once over and said nothing needed adjusting. they were right. i play everyday for hours on end, when not at work, and it stands up very well.
Even though this guitar is a piece of crap, its a very good guitar for a beginner.
Price: $140.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
Looks like a fender but its not. It has three single coil humbuckers. 1 volume and 2 tone knobs. No whammy bar. It has 6 strings. 21 frets.
My guitar is 2 years old now and it doesn't play like it use to. The biggest problem is doing pull-offs and hammer-ons, and tapping, it sounds bad now. It is also difficult to play when you are at the higher frets.
The sound is good for a beginner guitar but the sound is pretty crappy, theres alot of buzzing from the pickups and the sound sounds like a bell ringing at high volumes and if the tone and eq are set to ten it can hurt peoples ears.
I've had it for two years but its starting to fall apart. The part where the power cord connects is getting loose and the intonation is bad. Aslo the pickups are buzzy
I got it because it was affordable and it looked great. If you are tallking bang for your buck I rate this guitar at the top of the scale. The only probles is the finish is wearing out, specially where you rest your picking arm on the guitar. Aside from that it is an excellent loyal guitar. Everyone who has played it concurrs.
Model Year: 1993
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Casa Instrumental Guatemala
I'm not sure about the materials. I think the neck is mahogany.
6 strings and 21 frets.
3 controles, 1 volume and 2 tones. A switch to select 3 pickups. It has 3 single coil pickups. It's creamish white and white pick guard.
You can adjust the action by opening the back plate of the guitar and adjunsting the spring's tension.
The neck is not great but very good for a guitar this price. It plays great.
I use a Roland JC-120 I just got and a DOD Tec 4 pedal, these both give the guitar an incredible sound. It's suited for most syiles, except maybe smooth jazz or music styles requiering a deep rich sound. The only flaw is a little sound distortion when using the pickup switch. Also the cable plug-in is noisy when moving around whole playing.
It's very reliable, mine has been around for about 8 years and it has pulled through with shining colors. No problems whatsoever. Since it has a normal bridge it gets out of tune when using the whammy bar or when you bend the strings constantly. It fares climate changes just fine.
I chose this one cuz i was broke, and i don't ever regret buying it. It has served me well so far. My favourite aspect of my guitar is the sound and the feel, it fits me very well and i really like the tone. The worst aspect of my guitar is that it's second hand basically, and i would buy it again it if were stolen. Humbuckers would definitely make the guitar better, and maybe one more knob for some more tones.
Price: $250.00 Barbados
Where Obtained: A friend
It's made in Japan, it has a a double cutaway and non locking tuners. Three single coil pickups and the bridge style is string through body. I believe the neck material is mahogany(not sure).
My action can be toggled by twisting the grooves in the fly bridge(Allen key), or it can be adjusted by using an Allen key at the top of the neck. The neck is smooth and i have no problem holding the fret board.
I use a Peavey amp and i use a bunch of effects ranging from flanger, vibrato, delay and feedbacks. I play hard alternative rock and some metal, i find the guitar gives me the tone i want and need, i don't ask for much. The guitar has a very full sound, my friend has a Gibson guitar and that guitar sounds pretty good, better than mine but not too far ahead, i find my pickips feedback sometimes(single coil for ya). It seems better for the stage too me so far, it has a very full sound, all the notes ring out.
It's pretty damn durable, i dropped it in the ground more than once and it still keeps kicking, the wood is prety damn hard. The tuners don't really need much adjusting, just every week should do it(i tune everyday however). The strap locks are pretty worn cuz the screws come out sometimes, i have to put paper in the holes to block it up, and the toggle switches short out sometimes. But you must remember that i got the guitar second hand.
I think it is an "ok" guitar. It was a Christmas gift. I enjoyed practicing on it but I don't think I'll ever play it on stage unless I install a locking tremolo unit on there. The bottom line is, it's an average guitar but it can use some slight modifications. The price range is the one of the best aspects. The overall feel of it is comfortable.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lafayette Music - Lafayette, LA
It was made in the U.S. The neck is made of mahogany. It's a 22 fret guitar, 6 string. It has one volume and two tone controls...it also has a selector switch for the three coil pickups. The finish is solid black. The body has dual cut-aways. It has a string through body and non-locking tuners.
The action is nice on this guitar. It's plays well except when the whammy bar is used. It tends to get out of tune very easy.
I use distortion with it, but it is also good for clean sounds like blues and funk. It is well suited for all styles. It tends to be noisy because of the single coil pickups.
This should be mostly a practice guitar for guitarists. I would not recommend it for live performance unless one installs a locking tremolo unit on the guitar. The guitar doesn't handle very well for climate changes. The tuning keys easily become detuned.
Fender is trustable
Model Year: 1991
Price: $300.00 Pesos
Where Obtained: Custom
Seymour Duncan Humbucker
I use reverb, gain.
I play Punk Rock
Has a lot of harmonics
It's noisy sometimes
It's better for both
Need to change string every month
All in all, it's just a squier and you get what you payed for.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Nothing special here, just your ordinary strat rip-off made by some person in japan. The pickups aren't much and for a guitar with two tone knobs and three pickups, you would expect way more than what it gives you.
I like the simple neck, it's good for beginners, but I wish they used a better wood like ebony.
By itself, you can hear a sound; but it won't put anyone to tears or let you rock out.
Very reliable, i've dropped the acutal guitar from my patio deck onto concrete, and only had a small piece chip off which didn't even affect sound. Wonderful!
For the price, this simply cannot be beat. I even took it to my tech and had him put a Fender Stratocaster emblem on it, so that it looks like the real thing.(cost me $40). Really, this thing plays great, the action is a dream come true, and although I know it is made as cheaply as possible, I am quite proud to own this Barney colored baby. She sings to me on a regular basis.
Price: $115.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Made in China, maple neck, 24 frets(I think) Standard Stratocaster, with cheaper guts, not the greatest pickups, 3 single coil with a 5-way switch, and not the greatest tuning pegs. But what do you expect for $100.00. Sam Ash occasionally sells them for $99.
The action is better than that on my Mexican Strat, it's great. Actually the only flaw is the color, a funky Barney type purple, and the paint job on the thing has quite a few flaws in it, kinda like rippled a little.
Whadayaexpect from cheap single coil pickups? But these are OK.
I am concerned as to how long the tuning pegs will last, and will probably replace them within a few years with some better pegs.
There is other options for it. There is the fat strat which already includes the humbucker, the double fat H/H, the stagemaster (the more expensive one), etc. etc.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $125.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musiciansfriend.com
The fingerboard is made from rosewood. It haves 22 frets. Three nobs (1 volume, 2 tone, and a switch) 3 single coils S/S/S. Die cast chrome finish. Mine is black and I changed the pickguard (which was white) to a black with white borders pickguard and it looks awesome!!
I love this guitar! It let me experience the quality and sound of a Fender guitar in a low budget. Once you start playing it you will fall in love. Great first guitar for anybody playing in a band.
The sound is great. I changed my pickups for one JB Jr. single-coil humbucker, and two DiMarzio vintage single-coils and it sounds like a professional guitar and it only cost me less than $275
I've had it since the beginning of 2000 and is still looks like new. It haven't lost the touch and it really looks great while I play it in my band.
I wasn't looking for a guitar when I bought this one but I've always wanted to play and the price was right
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: a co-worker
Made in Mexico,
I put a set of Fender Tex-Mex pickups at the neck & middle positions & a Seymore Duncan "Pearly Gates" double humbucker at the bridge,
I've replaced the 5 way switch with a genuine fender brand ( it is much stouter looking),
I replace the pots with a set of Gibson pots,
I've put a set of GHS Boomers on it, size 010,
It has a tremelo bridge,
The body is a medium blue w/ white pick guard.
I'm just a beginner but it has the sound I was looking for and the action feels ok to me.
A friend that plays in a local blues band tried it and said the action was almost perfect for his playing.
Right now I just have a little Danelectro Dirty 30 amp
so the sound is pretty limited but I can go from pretty clean to semi dirty sounding
I think it would be a good guitar for live playing however I do have a problem with Intonation but I've been reading up on that subject and feel that I can correct that problem by adjusting the saddles.