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Old 05-13-2005, 03:44 PM   #16
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how is a guitar verstile? please explain for me.
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:32 PM   #17
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I actually did three or four concerts at school with a Squier strat...each and everyone fucked up. It wasn't the strat, but considering the thing's buggered already didn't help. The pick ups are all missing the screws since I opened it up...! So it's not really a guitar as much as it's a piece of shit...
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Old 05-15-2005, 02:56 AM   #18
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well i played it at the concert and the sound was quite suprising how well it come out i wasn't expecting it to sound that well.
I've had mine for almost a year and i've played the thing to death everyday and there's nothing wrong with it.

But you must considering the quality regarding the price you're not exactly going to get a gibson sounding guitar at about £150. People expect to much these days.
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Old 05-15-2005, 03:43 PM   #19
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i have a silver series squire which i put 2 standard fender pick ups in it and a hotrail at bridge bought it in 1995 still my main guitar and anyone that has played it really liked it

if it stays and tune and the pick ups sound good and the neck is fine then your in the right direction ..and lastly its all about the playing

prince use to use a hohner telecaster maybe he still has it
the edge used a squire with the infinte sustain system
and daniel lanois used a squire but no doubt early 80s
or if you can get a silver series made in japan

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Old 05-15-2005, 10:40 PM   #20
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serious, edge uses a squire? like the ones made by fender? i'm sure this is not his guitar with the infinite sustain (wowy), is it?!
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Well if Egde thinks its good enough then it certainly is a decent guitar
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Old 05-18-2005, 11:27 PM   #22
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Actually there are 2 years that Fender made the Squire Protone series '96 and '97. Made in Korea in a few diff strat versions and at least one tele version. The strats are solid ash and actually fairly well made. I have a '97 Protone strat that is a very nice guitar, came factory with gold hardware, vintage style tremolo, and translucent red finish on the solid ash, looks really nice. and plays very well. These are comparable to a MIM deluxe strat and if you're lucky, you can find them occasionally on eBay for a song...I bought mine off eBay for about $200 and it looks absolutely brand new. And they are starting to become collector's items. Go to nocaster.com and look in the Fender forum to get more info.
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Old 07-25-2005, 04:09 PM   #23
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actually edge did use a squire strat to produce his infinte sustain on with or without you. granted edge being edge i would think he and micheal brooke did a lot of work to that guitar to get it to sound right.
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Old 07-26-2005, 02:36 PM   #24
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I was quite impressed with the squier strat I picked up. I've since upgraded to a Fender Highway 1 strat, but I still play the squier from time to time.

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get an 80's Japanese Squier...as good as a US Fender of the day!
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Old 07-27-2005, 05:42 AM   #26
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edge did not use a a squier. he would have used a strat, but not a squire strat
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:41 AM   #27
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Getting a real US made Fender strat is no guarantee either. I own one and its at the guitar buildert again for the 2nd time for the same problem. G string gets out of whack whenever I use the tremelo. On the other hand my made in Japan Fender strat is like the f***ing energizer bunny. It keeps on going, no problems whatsoever. No matter where you get them, some guitars will be good, some rubbish. So you could get lucky and get a good Squier strat. Mind you, you'd still have to replace the pick ups though at some point. Cheap pick ups will never produce a killer tone even if the rest of the guitar is good.
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:06 AM   #28
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This winter I bought a Squier Standard Strat, and it's a great guitar. I already had a mexican Fender Strat, but I found the Squier was too good a deal to pass up. It had pickups with Alnico magnets (like the US made strats) and the body was made of alder (also like the US strats). It also has a two point tremolo (again like the US strats do). These days I think the Squier Standards are made of agathis instead of alder, though.

After having had both guitars for a couple of months, my conlusion was that the playability of the Squier was better than the MIM (Made In Mexico). So was the sound of the guitar. I can even use the tremolo on the Squier without the guitar going out of tune. The guitar itself is also more ressonant than the MIM. In the end I sold the MIM and kept the Squier and I haven't looked back.

I have been playing for 17 years and have played in a bunch of different bands over the years. I would NOT hesitate to gig with this Squier. It's a great guitar and great value for the money. And I love the big headstock

My point is, don't let anyone tell you that Squier guitars are not good enough for gigging. I'm not claiming that all Squiers are better than the mexican built Fender Strats, but in this case the Squier was the better guitar. Maybe I got lucky with this particular strat. I don't know. I tried a couple of different ones, and I didn't encounter any dogs or lemons. I don't know how the cheaper models (such as the Affinity) stacks up, but I have heard good things about them as well.

On a side note, the new Squiers are supposed to be built after the same blueprints as the US made strats. This means that parts for the US made strats should fit the Squiers as well. Indeed I did buy a black pickguard (made to fit a US strat) for my Squier and it fit perfectly. I didn't have to redrill a single hole.

Finally, off course you won't get Gibson Les Paul sounds from a Squier Strat. Les Pauls have different scale lengths, are made of different woods (mahogani and maple), and they have two humbuckers instead of three single coils. However, you will get great Strat sounds from a Squier Strat.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:55 AM   #29
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The new Strats made in Indonesia are pretty nice. I've had mine for about 10 months (my first guitar) and it's still holding out pretty well. The action is really nice, exept on the G-string, where it's too low and buzzes. Has nice tone. If I was in a band I'd want to have something quite a bit nicer though. Excellent guitar for beginners though
Why don't you take it into a store with a guitar tech and get it set up? That would sort out the buzzing.
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Old 08-15-2005, 06:01 AM   #30
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Using the Squier strat for gigs is fine. Anybody that tells you you can't use it is talking rubbish quite frankly. OK so it might not sound as good as a Standard Strat but do you really think an audience is going to notice, to be honest I bet half the people who have replied here wouldn't be able to tell the difference if blindfolded. I had one for years and it was fine. Alot of guitarists (I'm not slagging anyone here by the way) get kind of snobby about equipment but you just have to ignore that. Music is not about not being able to play gigs unless you have the best equipment. So much of what is a "better sound" just comes down to personal preference it is not that one guitar sounds good and another sounds bad. Good luck!
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