Fender Squier Stratocaster
It's difficult to beat the value of a Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar bundle at about $199. But before jumping in and buying one, here is some background on the Fender Squier line as well as some additional details on many of the options the Fender Squier Stratocaster has to offer.
The Fender line of Squier Stratocasters were not always available as a more budget-conscious electric guitar.
The Squier Company was acquired by Fender in 1965, and then later in 1982, in order to compete with cheaper Japanese guitar makers and Fender "copies" Fender used the Squier name to begin sellling cheaper versions of their more expensive Stratocaster and Telecaster models.
Before then, Fender used different model names and had not used their upper end guitar model names to produce cheaper versions.
Currently, the Fender Squier Stratocaster comes in about 23 different variations, which includes 4 left-handed versions.
Regular Fender Stratocasters (non-Squier models) can run anywhere from $600 to several thousand dollars, which is out of reach for the majority of beginners or electric guitar enthusiasts, so Fender used its "Squier" name to create cheaper replicas of their famous, more expensive lines of guitars, including the Stratocaster, the Telecaster and now many more.
What's with all the models and the letters like HH, HSS etc.?
This is a common question and has a simple answer, but what you decide is based on your personal preference in tonal possibilities.
H = Humbucker pickup
S= Single Coil Pickups - classic single coil magnetic pickup that tends to be brighter and more edgy than Humbuckers - can create more unwanted noise at higher gains. Their design acts as a magnetic "antenna" of sorts, so they are sensitive to surrounding frequencies put off by nearby electronic devices, machines etc. Single coils originated around the 1930s when guitar players wanted a "boost" so they could be heard in blues, jazz and other ensembles where they would normally be drowned out. The cons of single coil pickups are their sensitivities to unwanted frequencies being picked up and passed through to the amp as noise.
H= Humbucker pickups - created later than the classic single coil, these tend to sound "fatter" "fuller" or 'warmer" yet they can also be used in some heavier thrashing music to get more gain with out the interfering feedback one might get from all Single Coil Pickups. Humbuckers are designed with 2 coils out of phase which helps to cancel the extra, unwanted noise out, especially more noticeable when cranked up.
The order of the letters tells how they are set up from bridge toward the head so essentially an HSS has 3 coil pickups in the order of Humbucker - Single Coil - Single Coil starting closest to the bridge and moving toward the headstock.
Some prefer the combination of Humbuckers and Single Coils in their electric guitar setup as it gives them more tonality options from the pickups alone. Used in conjunction with a 3 or 5 way switch, some players want a specific single coil or humbucker in a specific position as it gives different tonal qualities depending on the location of the coil in relation to the positions leading away from the bridge.
The best way to determine what you like is to play a few different models with different Humbucker and Single Coil configurations, playing with a good amp on low, medium and high gain, while adjusting the 3 or 5 way switch, depending on the guitar you are playing.
Simply put, a 3 way switch will switch your pickup being amped from pickup 1, 2 or 3. With a 3 way switch, you are only amplifying 1 coil at a time.
A 5-way switch will allow you to amplify 1 coil at a time if you are in the 1, 3 or 5 position. If you are in the 2 or 4 position, those are blends of 2 pickups. The 2 position is a blend of coil 1 and 2 while the 4 position is a blend of coil 2 and 3. So a 5 way switch will give you 3 pure, 1 coil sounds and 2 blended coil sounds.
In other words:
Clear as mud?
Squier Stratocaster models include many, many models and options.
The Classic Vibe Stratocaster is a great line of electric guitars in both left and right hand models. These are great, affordable, electric guitars that offer many vintage feel and look options, as well as classic 50s or 60s sound with modern technology.
If you are looking to capture the classic look, feel, and tones of an electric guitar from the 50s or 60s, at a very afforable price range (about $399 for each model), then the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster series is the guitar line you should be digging into!
According to the Fender website, the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster currently comes in 4 common models as displayed above, with multiples color options:
The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 60s comes in either 3 color sunburst, burgundy mist, or Simon Neil Fiest Red as shown below.
The Fender Squier Strat Classic Vibe 60s electric guitar series has some unique features
Also, each year, Fender often releases more models and you can find them in the marketplace often before you will find their website updated. . .
You can find out about more of them here.
Next in the lineup is the Fender Standard Squier Electric Guitar.
The standard is the foundation for all of the other squier stratocaster models and it currently comes with 4 base models with color options.
The Fender Squier Standard Stratocaster comes in 3 color options with 3 fingerboard finish options.
The 3 body color options are Antique Burst - Candy Apple Red and Cherry Sunburst.
The 2 fretboard color options are rosewood and maple, but the Cherry Sunburst model only comes with the Rosewood Fingerboard.
The Fender Squier Stratocaster Standard is a great standard and a great electric guitar for the beginner, intermediate or the advanced player looking for a great secondary guitar that will not disappoint.
The sound, playability, look, feel and durability of this line of Fender Squier Guitars is practically unparalleled at an introductory price of only $249.
The color options for the body style and the neck are also quite extensive.
The Fender Squier Deluxe Hot Rails Stratocaster Electric Guitar comes in either Olympic White or Black, and is a sweet electric guitar for sure!
The main difference between these guitars and the other Squier Stratocasters is that instead of Alnico single coil pickups, they have "hot-rodded modifications" as stated by the Fender company.
These humbuckers are designed for high output, low noise (noise cancelling) design so you can get maximum sustain with the least noise interference.
Duncan started this line in 1995 based on demand from several of their OEM (original equipment maufacturer) customers. Their demand was to have the Duncan pickup name on mid-level electric guitars between $300 and $800 price ranges.
For the Squier Deluxe Hot Rails models, they decided to use the HR-101 which is modeled from the very popular Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails™ humbuckers, except these 101s have increased output - so apparently their goal was to have a maximum output guitar with excellent sustain and low noise while appealing to those who prefer Duncan pickups.
This is a very versatile, high performance model with the ability to go from lush, warm, sustaining mellow electric guitar to high-output, screaming, almost over the top sound.
Both the black and olympic white models feature:
- Sturdy Maple Neck with the comfortable strat “C”-shaped profile
- Vintage large Fender Headstock
- Full Sized 22-fret rosewood fingerboard for ultimate playability
- The 3 Seymour Duncan HR-101 Hot Rails Humbucking pickups
- The standard squier stratocaster Five-way switch for the most versatile tonal output
- synchronized tremolo bridge (2 point) with block saddles
If you want an electric guitar with an incredible output and sustain, these Fender Squier Deluxe Hot Rails Stratocaster Electric Guitars are the guitars for you at just under $300.
The Bullet Stratocaster with tremolo HSS
The Bullet Stratocaster Squier Electric guitar comes in 4 ultra-cool finishes:
More is to come on this complete review, as we will be adding all of the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar line soon including the following:
Vintage Modified 70s Stratocaster
Classic Vibe Stratocaster - 50s Left-Handed | Classic Vibe Stratocaster - 60s Left-Handed
Affinity Series Stratocaster HSS
Affinity Series Stratocaster Left-Handed
Black and Chrome Standard Stratocaster HSS
Bullet Strat with Tremolo
Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster
Standard Stratocaster FMT
Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s
Affinity Series Stratocaster
Fender Squier Stratocaster Mini
Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS
Simon Neil Stratocaster
Vintage Modified Stratocaster
SE Special with Squier SP-10 AMP