Crest the perfect wave of Squier® sound, feel and value with the all-new Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster®, which features highly distinctive tube-style pickups and classically colorful Surf Green, Sonic Blue and Candy Apple Red finishes that evoke the sand, sun and fun vibe of Fender’s early-’60s golden age.
Features include a basswood body, maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish, 9.5”-radius rosewood Fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, three Duncan Designed™ LS-102 for Strat® single-coil pickups, five-way pickup switch with white tip, white pearloid pickguard, white numbered volume and tone control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style tremolo arm, vintage-style chrome tuners, chrome hardware and engraved neck plate.
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I wanted to try out lipstick pickups and saw this guitar at my local shop. Picked it up and was totally floored on the tones I got out of this. My only reason for not purchasing this guitar is the neck. I'm very picky about my neck profiles and the Squier model is a little too narrow for my tastes. But for those with a different style of playing or with smaller hands, this is a really cool guitar.
Like others, I own some top-notch guitars, including other Fender and Custom shop Strats. Following reviews, and seeing the killer looks, I thought I'd give it a try - my first Squier - and at a frankly amazing price. I also have a Danelectro and was keen to see how the Duncan-designed lipsticks fared here. Well, I have to agree with the others: 1) well built, almost worn-in feel with a medium C neck, 2) pickups are quiet and darker than Fender single coils, giving a smooth tone with less bite, but not as weedy as a Dano, where the series switch selection is needed to get a strong tone. Out-of-phase settings are quite pre-CBS rosewood board territory. 3) Build quality better than expected - in fact it's just the lower grade components (and not their fit) that makes sense of the price. Action is not stellar, and there are a few fret buzzes here and there, but this can be fixed with a $100 visit to a luthier and still it would be a good value guitar. Sustain is average (what do you expect?) and probably okay for reverb-drenched sounds. Swapping out the bridge block would probably be a first upgrade, if any, to improve this. The trem is very stiff, but I think I'll keep it that way as I don't expect a $300 guitar to stay in tune with fewer springs. Pots and switches are quiet, and only the nut is really cheap plastic, and again a probable upgrade over time. 4) My cosmetic gripe is the need to put 'Duncan designed' on the pickups. I hate this on Duncan humbuckers as well - so maybe just a personal thing. First thing I did was scrape this off, which is thankfully an easy task. Now with the pearl guard, the seafoam green and the chrome- even my woman likes it! Well done Squier.
coynec owns this item
Saw this guitar and was immediately drawn to the distinctive features and design. Just a work of art. Felt great in my hands. Plugged it into a Blues Junior and was sold. Amazing tone, feel, and looks. Quality craftsmanship.
butchwr owns this item
I was completely floored by the quality of this guitar. I wasn't sure if I would like the lipstick pickups, but these models are excellent. More bass than a normal single coil so to my ears they are much more usable for rock. The guitar is dead quiet as well. They did an excellent job of shielding and it's at least as quiet as my humbuckers. The only weak spot was the nut (plastic). I like to use my tremolo and the plastic was just too sticky so I swapped it out for a Tusq. Otherwise, i didn't need to change a thing. One of the best Strats I've ever owned.
tlhamon owns this item
I shouldn't have been surprised after owning a Squier Classic Vibe Strat, but I was just blown away by the quality and playability of this guitar. The action is set very low so it plays easily. The frets are well dressed, and the neck isn't too slender or too chunky. I know other people have said this when reviewing this guitar, and as much as I hate following the crowd, I gotta say it: The guitar feels 'well made' in my hands! That is a very odd thing to defend, because it isn't any one thing - it's all of them. The tone was especially surprising. I expected that no matter what, those lipstick pickups will sound tinny and metallic. Well, it is slightly metallic, but not tinny at all - full voiced and very distinctive. In fact, they are some of the most distinctive pickups that I've ever heard. And the pickups are surprisingly loud without quite being hot. The guitar takes distortion very well. The guitar is perfectly balanced - no nose diving here. The finish is... well perfect - and surf green has to be the coolest color ever. I own a PRS Custom 24, an Ibanez to die for, a Fender American Telecaster - I mean, I have some good guitars, but for $300 bucks, this Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster is by far, the best value I own.
Witnar owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red|
|Color:||Candy Apple Red|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Parchment Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||4 mm Hex|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ LS-102 for Strat Single-Coil|
|Middle Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ LS-102 for Strat® Single-Coil|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ LS-102 for Strat® Single-Coil|
|Controls:||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:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||White Plastic|
|Strings:||NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042|
|Unique Features:||Duncan Designed™ Pickups, Vintage Style Tremolo, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Engraved Neckplate, White Plastic Parts, Dot Position Inlays, White Pearloid Pickguard|
|Included Accessories:||Wrenches: 1.5mm, 4mm|
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