Overall, this is a really bad guitar for anything else than rugged traveling, bad condition playing, or a starter guitar. Anything else will show that this is a pile of junk for the money, as it sounds bad even with the best amps and is a junior squire, which makes you look ametuer.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Friend
This guitar is good for a beginner guitarist who really doen't know how to play much soloing yet, as the strings are high off the neck in order for them to be picked out easily with chords. The guitar is smaller than a regular squire(R) or Stratocaster(R) but is still good due to its price-product ratio. I got mine a little beat up around the edges from a friend, but none of the main parts were damaged, and it played well. This was my first electric guitar, and it served me well for a little over a year.
While I was playing it as my first, it played quite well for me, because I did only a small amount of sing-string soloing, and the fact that the strings are easy to pick out due to their height off the fingerboard. This design gives off a little bit less quality than a standard squire because of the low resonance of the lesser mass of wood it was based on, but also just because it is a Squire and not a true Fender Strat(R). This guitar definately contains flaws, but you don't notice them much when you're an ametuer.
The sound quality is overall mediocre to good. It could surely use different pickups, and lots more, but as a prictice guitar or a beginners, its not bad. The guitar is good for a classic strat tone, but any other styles will just sound blocked out by the grungyness. This is overall the worst guitar I have ever played, but for its price, and its durability, its not bad.
It's an excellent beginners guitar. I would recommend a Squire to all of you starting out out there.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tom's Music
It was my first. It was true love at first sight.
Its always been able to handle whatever I could dish out on it, and even a little bit more, since I was learning to play on it.
It has some buzzing from time to time, but other than that it has good sound, for what it is.
It is weak, I admitt, but I haven't had any problems
Good for beginners...veterans not so much...stick with the big dogs.
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Simple strat. No whammy. This was my first electric. Simple strat conrtols. 3 single coil pick ups-S/S/S. Double cutaway.
What do you expect? It's a simple strat. Not meant for wailing guitar solos or any kind of shredding. Great for begginers though. Sometimes, I can hear it go out of tune when I bend. But I have had it for 2 years and I have banged it around(one time I violently whiplashed the whole thing with my strap, then I smashed it repeatedly on the bed... :).
Again...nothing special. Just a Squire. I run it through a wah and a Line 6 Spider II 30 watt. It sounds fine...just not great. Not a lot of versatilty in the tone.
This thing could fall of building. It's suprisingly durable.
When I bought this, I looked at the Yamaha Pacifica 112, an SX something, and a more pricey Cort X2. I would have loved the Cort, but th ebudget didn't stretch that far... and I'm glad.
I am very pleased with my guitar, and would undoubtedly buy another if some rat took it.
The only thing I don't like about it is the hum, but I can live with that.
Price: $399.00 NZD (new)
Where Obtained: Music Machine, Napier, NZ
Made in SE Asia (can't remember which country, not Indonesia). Standard Strat pickup layout (S/S/S) Black with white pickguard (matched my son's "Probe" Fender P-Bass copy). 1 x vol, 2 tone controls (middle and bridge, I think).
Nice smooth maple neck.
The action, when I bought it, was OK, but it appeared the top "E" string was a little "dull". Turned out to be a "familiarity issue" (I had the Amp "Hi" setting screwed up).
Plays nicely. I have played an Epi Gold top, and the neck compares quite favourably (surprisingly). The frets are great, and it has no dead spots or buzz that I can detect.
Can you say "60 cycle hum"? I have a light dimmer switch in the room we have our instruments in. Must get rid of it!
When I play it in the dark, or without the lights on, it is really nice. The 5-way pickup switch works wonders for obtaining various sounds. I am considering getting a cheapo Zoom 505 to get some more sounds.
I use it with a Fender Frontman 15g, and a Leem KA1210 (100watt Multiamp).
I haven't had it long enough to know... I hope it's a long lasting machine. I'm considering taking it to get professionally set up, not because it is badly set up, but it just might be even better.
The beast stays in tune (unless my daughter has been playing it... she's not too careful of the head-end ;^)
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
I think it was made in indonesia, well it says it was certified there.
21 frets, 6 strings
2 tone controls, 1 volume, i think 3 pick ups
strat body style
Goes out of tune easier, other than that, not too bad
For 99 bucks, not a bad sound
More of a practice guitar