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A wonderful pro-grade guitar at a fantastic price!
on August 9, 2010
Back in the 1960 through the 1970s, I was part of a band and played a number of guitars, but mostly a Fender Mustang which I loved, in large part because the scalloped cuts in the body, one at the back top (when holding the guitar) and another on the top edge of body where the picking arm rests. These two modifications to the body of the Mustang made it fantastically comfortable to play.
When I saw these cuts on the Squier Strat, it was like a dream come true. My only reservation was the price - super low, it seemed.
But I'd heard good things about it and made the purchase. Best guitar I have ever played. Simply amazing and now all my other guitars pretty much sit unused.
It comes with the nut set up for smaller gauge strings - which is great for me as I like light strings so I can easily bend notes. The neck reinforcement bar did need some adjustment to straighten the neck a tad, which then allowed lowering the bridge section for each string. Once that was done, the action was nice and low and fast. (And for those who are a bit hesitant to tackle these adjustments, there's plenty of info on the web telling how to do this on a Strat; it isn't as daunting as it seems - in fact this was my first time to set up a guitar, having previously had this done before buying one.)
I had thought I might have trouble keeping the strings in tune with the whammy bar (I did with the Mustang which tended to have other strings go out of tune when you tuned one). Not so. It holds its tuning very well. And while I rarely use the whammy bar, it is nice to have it there for those rare occasions when I need to drop the pitch on a chord (I generally "pull" the strings to raise chords).
The humbucker ahead of the bridge is a nice touch; having the two single-pole classic pickups might enable a player to get feedback effects and such if he were into that (the Ebow perhaps makes such things pointless these days). With the five-way switch, there is a nice variety of sounds available.
The finish on the instrument is deep and perfect. The pick guard comes with a protective plastic coat - once I realized that and removed it I was pleasantly surprised how nice that looked as well. One beautiful instrument.
I played for a time professionally, and have to say this guitar is as good or better than what we were using back in the 60s and 70s. While it's priced like a beginner's guitar, I certainly wouldn't think twice about taking it out on the stage were my skills what they were 40 years ago (alas, they are not - but perhaps this new guitar will encourage me to get back in form).
I'd give this guitar 8 stars if I could. A big fat five as it is.
And it would be a bargain at twice the price. If you're like me and have always wanted a Fender Strat but couldn't afford one, this Squier version of the classic is just the ticket. It would be a bargain at twice the price. At $119 (at the time I bought mine) it is a steal.
Try it, you'll like it.