Fender Squier Squier Stratocaster
  • Overview - This Squier Stratocaster is the first guitar I ever owned and I can safely say, speaking from a few years of experience, that it's okay for a while just to start learning on, but once you get better - you're going to need something a lot better as well
  • The guitar only has 21 frets, something I found a bit strange since most come with 22 minimum usually, and a mahogany neck
  • The body style replicates a traditional Stratocaster body, I'm sure almost everyone has at least seen this one time or another, and because of the body style it's not difficult to reach some of the higher frets on the guitar, a problem with some other guitars which can limit a player
  • I also had to have the pickguard of the guitar replaced due to some internal wiring issues and these problems really just continued until I decided I would just get a new one


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      Overview - This Squier Stratocaster is the first guitar I ever owned and I can safely say, speaking from a few years of experience, that it’s okay for a while just to start learning on, but once you get better - you’re going to need something a lot better as well. When you’re just starting out and learning how to play guitar this guitar will be just fine, although it’s mostly due to not being experienced with better guitars. Usually you can find this guitar in a value package where you get the guitar along with some accessories, usually an amp, strap, picks, chords, etc. for a fairly cheap price. Obviously you’re going to get what you pay for with this and none of the equipment will be very good - but when you first starting learning, it’ll be fine. As far as flaws, the guitar has a lot but nothing that should completely discourage you from playing. I’ll talk about the sound and the feel of the guitar later but the way I see it, if you have a good feel on a guitar you can always achieve the sound through a good amp, you can’t replicate a good feel with some other piece of equipment unless you replace the neck. But once

      again, and I need to stress this - this guitar is honestly for learning purposes only, once you get better you’ll really want to upgrade. In my case, I not only wanted to upgrade but had to upgrade because after about a year of use this guitar just started to break down on me and repairs would’ve been worse than just buying a new guitar.

      The Sound - My Squier Strat has three pickups on it: two single coils and then a humbucker in the bridge. Just judging from this you could at least be hopeful that the guitar would have a good range to it but it really doesn’t. The only semi-decent sound I can get out of this guitar, and this is mostly due to my amp, is playing from the neck position - every other position sounds extremely weak to me. At least with the neck position you can get a decent clean tone and it actually sounds pretty warm, but with the bridge position and all other positions for that matter it sounds extremely weak. With a humbucker you would at least expect some heaviness behind it but this guitar fails to deliver there - it gets so bad that if you try to palm mute you’ll barely even hear yourself,


      • it really is that weak.

        The Feel - While the sound may be absolute trash, the feel on this guitar honestly isn’t that bad. When you’re a beginner you won’t be able to reach a really great tone anyway so sound is something you can always deal with for the time being, feel is not. If a guitar doesn’t feel comfortable to play on then that can be an extremely motivating reason to actually quit playing, luckily this guitar is pretty comfortable. The guitar only has 21 frets, something I found a bit strange since most come with 22 minimum usually, and a mahogany neck. The neck is comfortable enough to play on and it doesn’t really limit your playing, same with the body style. The body style replicates a traditional Stratocaster body, I’m sure almost everyone has at least seen this one time or another, and because of the body style it’s not difficult to reach some of the higher frets on the guitar, a problem with some other guitars which can limit a player.

        Misc. Positives - I don’t have a lot of positive things to say about this guitar but I will say that if you can get it in a beginner package and get all the accessories with it, then it isn’t

        a bad deal. Although the guitar has a lot of flaws to it, it still gives you everything you need to learn how to play and doesn’t give you an excuse to just give up on it.

        Misc. Negatives - Along with everything that I’ve mentioned before, one really negative thing, at least in my experience, was that after about a year of use this guitar just started to break down on me. I had problems with my input jack and also some of the pickups where they basically seemed to just break down. I also had to have the pickguard of the guitar replaced due to some internal wiring issues and these problems really just continued until I decided I would just get a new one.

        Conclusion - If you’re looking to buy a guitar for someone whose interested in learning how then this would be a good pick. The guitar isn’t great by any means but it’s still a lot better than buying those guitars you can find at a place like Target, which if you can believe are extremely worse than even this. It’s possible to get a decent tone out of this guitar and it has a nice feel overall but this isn’t something that any decent player should really have to play on.

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