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Squier 303009503 by Fender Classic Vibe 50's Left Hand Stratocaster Electric Guitar - 2-Color Sunburst - Maple Fingerboard
- Agathis body with gloss polyurethane finish
- Maple neck with 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets
- 3 Alnico Magnet Single-Coil Pickups
- Synchronous Twin-Pivot Tremolo Bridge
- Master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch
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|Body Material Type||solid-wood||solid-wood||Basswood||Alder||solid-wood||Alder|
|Color||Antique Burst||Antique Burst||Black||3 Color Sunburst||2-Color Sunburst||Slick Silver|
|Fretboard Material Type||Maple||Rosewood||Maple||—||Maple||—|
|Guitar Bridge System||tremolo||tremolo||tremolo||tremolo||tremolo||Hardtail Bridge|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil|
|Item Dimensions||44.5 x 4 x 14.5 in||44.5 x 4 x 14.5 in||44.5 x 4 x 14.5 in||45 x 15.4 x 4.3 in||44.5 x 4 x 14.5 in||44.3 x 15.2 x 3.9 in|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||Maple||—||Maple||—|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
The Standard Telecaster guitar features a fast-action neck profile modeled on a late ’60s Telecaster. A hot single-coil pickup in the bridge position provides all the bite you want for stinging leads. In the neck position, the Standard Telecaster’s chrome-covered single-coil pickup helps you find your own voice.
- Body Agathis
- Maple, C-Shape,
- (Polyurethane Finish)
- Fingerboard Maple, 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
- No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
- Pickups 3 Alnico Magnet Single-Coil Pickups
- Master Volume,
- Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
- Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
- Pickup Switching
- 5-Position Blade:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
- Position 3. Middle Pickup
- Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
- Position 5. Neck Pickup
- Bridge Synchronous Twin-Pivot Tremolo
- Machine Heads Standard Die-Cast Tuners
- Hardware Chrome
- Pickguard 4-Ply Tortoise Shell
- Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
- Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
- Unique Features Large ‘60s Style Headstock, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Engraved Neckplate, White Plastic Parts, Dot Position Inlays
- Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel, P/N 073-0250-003
- Accessories None
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In terms of sound, I'm quite pleased with the Seymour Duncan Designed pickups. Tone is a subjective thing, but I can achieve sounds from this guitar fairly equal to what I get out of a MiM Strat.
The negatives: the tuners are pretty substandard. If I mod anything, it'll be to put a good set of locking tuners on it. But hey, keep in mind the price we're paying: some corners will be cut to maintain the modest price. Also, the trem bar felt loose & kind of cheap. I think I'll replace it with an aftermarket pop-in trem bar.
The guitar I received was set up quite well, w/ action low as I like it and no dead spots on the fretboard. Your mileage may vary in terms of setup condition, as I've heard QC can be a bit inconsistent, although the Indonesia plant, where these are made, have a pretty good reputation compared to some of the other factories.
So if you're in the market for a relatively modestly priced guitar that you wouldn't be ashamed to gig with, give the Squier Strat Deluxe a chance.
My other guitars are Epiphone LP2, Epiphone LP Studio Deluxe plus top, Fender Marauder, Takamine G320, and I've been playing about 20 years.
Build Quality: 5 / 5
The electronics are partially shielded under the pick guard and fully EMI painted on the interior which was a surprise. You will not need to add additional shielding to the body although you may want to cover the rest of the pick guard with tin foil underneath.
The fit of the neck is nice and tight and it over laps the pick guard a few mm making for a nice clean look.
The neck has the skunk stripe
The pickups are alnico and STANDARD strat sized, not the smaller squier sized. IE fender pick guards and pickups will drop right in without needing to be cut.
The pickups were standard fenders with removable plastic caps and spring loaded (no surgical tubing) and were a considerable improvement over the wimpy Bullet pickups in my other squier.
The wiring was neat and cable tied.
The body paint is grounded as is the trem assembly.
The pots spin freely with no rough spots.
The nut on mine was cut a little too low and will be replaced. This resulted in some fret buzz on open E and G strings when struck harder. The nut had graphite inserted in the string guides to make tuning more stable with tremolo.
Tremolo assembly is 2 screw and it bends both up and down. IE the trem floats and if you lose a string the whole thing will go out of tune but you can bend both ways.
The trem arm is a little wobbly unless screwed in all the way. Could use some shimming on loose setups.
The bridge was not full thickness inside the body, IE it's been ground to cut cost. Doesn't seem to affect sustain very much at least.
The string guides in the bridge are nice and smooth. Much better than typical squier. Even the hex screws have shorter screws on the outer strings and longer screws on the inner strings. A nice touch.
My neck shipped with too much back bow which aggravated fret buzz at 1st and 15 frets. I had to loosen it 180 to give a slight bow to improve playability and reduce fret buzz.
Intonation was spot on.
Trem springs were too loose for the strings it shipped with resulting in the bridge not being level. The third spring was not needed, I just tightened the trem screws under the back cover and it's nice and level now which also further reduced the fret buzz problem.
The pick guard is 3 ply and screws are counter sunk.
The frets were nice and beveled allowing for comfortable playing. They could have used a bit more polish. Are a little rough on bends. A little steel wool and buffing at my next string change should fix that.
The tuners are sealed and die cast and is uses the standard strat string trees. I prefer the bar trees personally.
The paint and finish are spectacular. There isn't a single scratch, nick, pit, rough spot, anywhere on the guitar. The paint job is absolutely beautiful. The candy apple is a metallic paint and it catches the light wonderfully. There are a few minor spots on the maple fretboard where the grain of the wood doesn't look as good but it's hardly noticeable and doesn't affect playability. It's a beautiful neck, easy on the fingers, not grabby like rosewood. Has a satin finish on the neck as well.
The stock pickups are a considerable improvement on the Affinities and night and day on the Bullets stock pickups. They are as good as a $500 standard strat's pickups and better than some as some of those strats have ceramic no alnico's. I will still be replacing them with custom shop Texas specials though. Out of the box it sounded great but I bought it with the intention of putting the specials in it.
There is hum but it's not as noticeable as a cheaper guitar would be. It's quieter than my Fender Marauder. Of course the middle bridge and middle neck positions are hum free with the out of phase center pickup.
The "stratiest" sound was on middle and middle neck settings. Giving a good quack, bell like chikka, and glassy highs. Classic Fender tone all the way.
The bridge pickup has no tone pot and is brighter than the other two making for lead lines that cut through the mix pretty nicely.
Even the strings it comes with sound good. They feel like 9's and don't look coated.
Whats in the box:
spare spring for heavier string use
bridge allen key
Truss rod allen key
Bridge Tremolo allen key
No paperwork or warranty card much like the other Fenders of 2013.
It shipped in the factory box. You may not want to let UPS drop a big guitar shaped box that says SQUIER on it on your porch to sit in plain site all day. Guitar was packaged the same as other squiers I've bought. Cardboard shock absorbers, and a foam shroud over the guitar secured by a rubber band. 3 packs of dessecant kept the moisture out which is good as it started condensing moisture all over it when I pulled it out of the box due to it being cold outside and warm inside. It wasn't packaged as well as my Fender Marauder was, the main difference being the Marauder was wrapped, and taped, in bubble wrap.
Overall: 4/5 (due to the need for truss rod and tremolo spring adjustments out of the box)
This guitar is at least as good as my Fender and is one of the best bolt on neck guitars I've owned. Sustain is excellent and the intonation was pretty good out of the box. I had to change the truss rod tension, adjust the action, and balance the tremolo springs to reduce an annoying open string fret buzz. There is a bit of mandolin sound from the nut making that the very first thing I will replace. The string guides were cut a little too low causing fret buzz and that mandolin sound on the nut. IE pluck E, and the string above the nut makes a noise in sympathetic vibration, doesn't' pick up in a recording but annoys me. Maybe the super glue and baking soda trick might let me adjust it without fitting a new nut.
Tuning stability leaves a lot to be desired but it's about average for a floating tremolo system. I prefer hard tails but when a trem has to be dealt with I prefer the 6 screw ones that sit flush and only bend down because they hold tuning better. The 2 screw floating tremolo block on this guitar means it bends both ways but there is a constant balance between spring tension and string tension that has to be maintained for proper tuning. This will likely improve with use and a better nut. Contrary to popular belief, the nut is the #1 reason you go out of tune when you hit the whammy bar. It needs to be silky smooth and not bind the strings at all.
For $220 it was worth it. I think for the money it's still hard to be an Epiphone for good quality at a low price but this is a nice Stratocaster, easily as good as the Fender standard strat or modern player guitars. Much better in quality than the Bullet squiers and a nice step up from the Affinity strats.
I am happy with my purchase although I wish I could have bought it locally (out of stock) so I could test and get the best one. The fret buzz would have had me looking for another Squier but again, it's not a loss, It just needed/needs adjustment.
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