I tried every Fender and Squire in the place looking for that
special sound. The Fender Americans had it and I would have
bought them, but when I got to the Squier lines... I found it
again. If stolen, I would replace it with a Fender product, but I
would have to take a trip to the store to tell you which one. As I
said, the only thing I would do to upgrade it would be to lose
the string trees and add a roller nut and locking tuners, but it's a
pretty cheap add- on for a Fender product as apposed to other
companies. I love this guitar because it challenges me every
day to become better than what I am, and for the price alone
every one should own a Squier just to challenge themselves to
become greater than they are.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $279.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local music shop
This is a limited edition with an alder body, maple neck and
fingerboard. It's black metallic. It has three passive single coils.
It has a three ply pickguard. It's got a 2-point fulcrum trem and
American Standard tuners. The neck is a 22 fret but it is slightly
thinner at the nut than the American. It's finished to a 9.5" radius
but doesn't have the hand rolled edges of the actual Fender.
Controls are standard strat, but their the Gotoh variety instead
of Fender USA.
The only thing I did to this one is synch the trem and add the
center spring. The neck is semi-finished rather than the full on
finish of the American series. It's a little harder to take care of,
but much easier to play than most maples. Their was no
breaking in period. Don't make any mistakes when performing
with this one especially through a Fender Amp. This guitar will
make a pro out of you by exagerating your mistakes.
Remember, however, the mistakes are yours, not the guitars.
It's got killer action.
Crate GX-15 to practice, and a Fender Deluxe 90 alone or
through the PA and an FX-102 Blues Driver.This guitar will do
anything that you can make it do. Especially through the
Fender amp. It's got Fender bite. If you know what to do with
Fender bite, it can be a beautiful sound. Sadly, most use it as a
beginners instrument until way late in their careers when they
finally learn to control single coils. It has the standard single
coil hum. I use it for stage. For studio I stick to my Formula.
Nothing wrong with the Squier, it's just not my preference for
I could run over it with a steam roller and it would still come out
unscathed. I flattened the neck out and raised the action a bit
for the trem. So far I haven't had to repeat any of it. Two years
and the only thing I've even considered doing to it besides
normal maintenance is adding a roller nut and Sperzel or
Schaller locking tuners. I always end up saving my money
though. I've got the trem floating about 1 1/2 mm and I still get
tuning stability better than most non-trem guitars in this price