Top positive review
This and the Deluxe are the best Squires and best value - buy one!
May 29, 2018
Wow! The reviews I read suggested this guitar was a tremendous value and it is. I've only had mine for a few weeks now, but the fit and finish is impeccable, the neck has a beautiful amber "vintage" look, without in any way looking "old", and it just sounds fantastic. However, it took a lot of set up to get it sounding the way it does now - it did not sound great out of the box. I had to adjust the tremolo, intonation, neck, string action, PUP height etc. In other words, everything. It was so far from correct that it sounded very tinny and harsh out of the box and was not a lot of fun to play. I also replaced the beginner-friendly 9s' with a set of Rotosound Yellow 10s (first time I tried this brand of strings) and man does this guitar sound great! Oh, I also upgraded the tremolo bridge with the Vintage Fender Strat (essentially the MIM tremolo bridge) to get the thicker trem block. This also made a huge improvement in sustain. I adjusted the trem to have about 1/8" float so an upward pull gives me exactly 1 full tone up on the high E. The trem was essentially locked down with poorly adjusted springs (and worse, the claw) and no float. If you don't use the trem this would be fine, but I use it occasionally, so I adjusted it to work well. To my very big surprise, the guitar holds tune very well with the trem floated like this, even with dive bombs. Yeah, not after extensive use of the whammy bar, but after some use at moderate level - enough to justify leaving the float and using the bar when I want to.
I also Gilmour-ized it with parchment knobs, trem tip and PUP covers. If you buy one of the kits on Amazon to do this know that the 5-wat switch tip will not fit. The rest fits just fine. (TIP #1: put the trem arm and the new tip in boiling water for a couple of minutes and it will pretty much slide right off and the new one slide on - then pres against the floor to seat the new tip)
TIP #2: The trem bridge is almost exactly the same as the bridge on a MIM. The only difference is the large block on the MIM In fact the MIM (Fender standard vintage tremolo block - see my reviews on this) had a bent base plate and poorly drilled block holes, and much poorer finished saddles, but both have stamped steel saddles. I end up re-drilling the replacement block and used the saddles and base plate from the Squire. So, if you want more sustain, just order a [even better] steel replacement block that currently cost about $4 less than the poorly QCd Fender "upgrade" trem bridge.
Overall, this is the Squire to get (or the Deluxe). Best of the PUPS, trem bridge essentially the same as on a MIM (minus the larger MIM block). For under $300, you cannot go wrong.