With great sound, great feel and great value, Squier’s Vintage Modified Stratocaster® returns with all-new features including a vintage-tint gloss neck, ’70s-style large headstock, classic triple-single-coil tone and a striking new Vintage Blonde finish option in addition to timelessly cool Black and Three-color Sunburst.
Other features include a basswood body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood Fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, three Duncan Designed™ SC-101 single-coil pickups with aged white covers, five-way pickup switch with white tip, three-ply pickguard (white-black-white), 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 remember the very first electric guitar I owned. It was a Squier Strat I got about 15 years ago. Before that I had only played acoustics. I think back to that Strat I had and remember just how bad I hated it. It sounded like garbage, the frets were sharp, the fretboard felt so awful. Nothing about that guitar was good.. So when I went to my local music store looking for a Strat I bypassed the Squier section immediately and went straight to the Fenders. I couldn't justify spending the money on an American Strat so I picked up a Made In Mexico Strat. I really just didn't like any of the MIM Srats so I was on my way out the door when the salesman brought me this Blonde Squier Vintage Modified Strat. I looked at the headstock and nearly passed it up but he convinced me to try it.
WOW! Since when did Squier step up their game this much? This Strat felt considerably better than the MIM Fender Strat twice its price! What's more, the tone... It sounds just like A strat Should. I was impressed after 30 seconds of playing. 5 minutes in and I was in love. The Duncan Design pickups are pretty amazing considering their price. For $250 I walked out of a guitar shop wondering how did Squier manage to out perform MIM Fender on every level. I cannot believe the same company that made that crappy Squier I started out with years ago made this Blonde Vintage Modified dream. I have no reservations about recommending this to you.
jcoop762x39 owns this item
I bought one of these online on a whim based upon the great reviews it has received. I didn't know if it would live up to the hype, but it certainly does, and then some. It's not as good as my Mexican Standard, but it's closer than one would expect. The action is great, fretwork fine, the finish excellent, playability first class, tone of the DD SC101's superb (better IMO than Mexican Standard pickups). The glossy finished tinted neck, large headstock, vintage style tuners, and crisp sounding pickups give it a real vintage vibe. The only criticism I have is that the fret ends are a bit sharp, which really annoys some people, but doesn't bother me at all. I don't feel it when playing, only if I run my hand along the edge of the neck. If you can't afford a more expensive Fender don't hesitate to pick up one of these. You won't be disappointed. Five stars all the way.
DgMencoff owns this item
I like many others had a preconceived notion that Squier guitars are lower quality and aimed at beginner guitarists who want the Fender look without the cost. I had been looking for a new guitar, specifically one with single coil pickups. After reading a lot of reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I liked the sound and feel at the store, but when I got home and plugged it into my rig, I was astounded.
This Strat sounds just like the real thing. The Duncan Designed pickups produce a great tone. They are quiet and crisp. By far and away, my favorite tone is the 2nd position on the switch between the neck and center pickups. In fact, every position produces a very unique tone that sounds great, this guitar will please all players regardless of tone and music style preference.
The look of this guitar is pretty self explanatory - it's a standard Strat. I got the two tone with a Rosewood fretboard. Every day I look at it, I love the look even more. The only thing I have changed is the pickguard, I went with a black white black 3 ply, which gives it a very SRVish look. I had originally planned to go for the black vintage modified '70s version, but they didn't have it in stock and I really wanted to take one home. In hindsight, I like the two tone with the black pick guard much more.
The most surprising aspect of this guitar is the feel. As previously mentioned by others, it has an almost broken in feel right off the rack. My hand glides across the neck with ease and the strings bend so easily. As someone who plays a lot of blues based music, the easy bend makes quick transitions to/from bends a breeze. My only complaint is the action is too high for my liking. I am going to have it lowered.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with this guitar. By far and away the best value out there.
Ryanunc12 owns this item
I've had it only 2 days but love the tone on this strat, especially on the clean position on my amp, beautiful. Then I kicked in the metal sound and it blew mine and my families ears off with those Duncan designed pups. Incidentally for me and not the family, that's a good thing. I've owned a variety of Fender and Squier strats and by far the blonde vintage modified is the best because of it's quality (beautiful smooth neck,nice basswood body), tone(beautiful bell sound on clean setting and loud,raucous,ear splittingly awesome on dirty setting!)and because of the history of the Fender and Squier names. Go out and buy this beautiful beast of a guitar today!!!!
I used to hate Stratocaster, yes.
Two days ago, I went for guitar hunting and was about to buy a Telecaster but my dad didn't like it so he asked me to try this one. Then I took a leap of faith and bought this guitar.
At the first day, this guitar was a complete stranger to me. The string tension is higher than my other guitars. And also, my fingers are used to 16" radius fingerboard but since this guitar is 9", it was something new to me.
As I played and played, I realize this guitar has the tone that other guitar doesn't; this is my first guitar with single coil pickups and I completely like like it. When the second day arrived, I have become completely in love with this guitar. Though it is with only 21 frets, the 21-fret notion is what makes its tone rounded and I like it.
Good parts: Good tone, big headstock which makes me look like a legend (no joke hahaha), and great finishing. No humming!
Bad parts: The guitar is out of tune when I dive the tremolo down. That's all.
anwarhusaini owns this item
It looks beautiful, and elegant... The clean sound is absolutely stunning and reminds me to an authentic 70's guitar: The look, the vintage hardware... everything! Basswood body sounds "bassy" and adds color to tone. It really sounds different than alder. I think Fender and Squier should try and "alder version" for even more variety but the basswood tone it is still perfect. No problems with tuning stability and sounds great with distortion / overdrive, though the pickups distortion even more than normal pickups so you need to use a lower gain level than you would normally do with other guitars.
I feel Blackmore Malmsteen with this, haha.
Christian H9 owns this item
This is my first Fender guitar and I like it very much.
I have 8-10 other guitars both acoustic and electric but I find myself playing this instrument when I want an electric guitar.
For the money the Vintage Modified Strat is a great deal which plays well and sounds great.
The overall finish is good but I do have a problem with poorly finished fret ends.
I have had this guitar for two years and as my playing has improved this is a problem when bending a string and dropping off the finger board inadvertently.
I don't believe anyone should have to take a new guitar in for a "tune-up" right off the bat but this seems to be the case with just this one aspect of the instrument.
Tone and playability are superb.
It plays like a much higher priced instrument and sounds good across a range of effects and amps.
I use a VOX Mini for practice which has a variety of different amps and effects built in to it and this guitar works with every combination.
Not a real hard core test amp I know but versatile and portable while allowing me to noodle around with different tones.
THis guitar stays in tune well, has very good pick ups with no noise or hum, the hardware is finished well with typically durable Fender stock.
The large head stock looks cool and good, the overall finish and quality is very well done.
"A" grade overall.
My only issue are the fret ends.
Excellent value for the money.
Bottom line, I would recommend this guitar to anyone seeking value and good sound/tones.
KGooldy owns this item
I started late in life learning guitar on a used Epiphone Jr. and Fender frontman. I was looking to buy a new entry level Squier strat at Guitar Center but they did not have one in stock with the rosewood fret board that I wanted. The manager gave me a killer discount on the Vintage Modified with the rosewood he had in stock. I tried it and the neck just felt right. I am a novice and only play to amuse myself but this guitar has made me a better player and is keeping me excited about learning more. I love this guitar ! I have a few friends who are real musicians and are excited that I am playing, when they checked out this new Strat they were amazed at the quality of it. They also were impressed with the tone when THEY played it! Thanks for a fun affordable quality instument.
otis39 owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Tone Sunburst|
|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™ SC-101B Single-Coil|
|Middle Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ SC-101 Single-Coil|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ SC-101N 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|
|Control Knobs:||White Plastic|
|Strings:||NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042|
|Unique Features:||Duncan Designed™ Single Coil Pickups, Vintage Style Tremolo, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Engraved Neckplate, White Plastic Parts, Dot Position Inlays|
|Included Accessories:||Wrenches: 1.5mm, 4mm|
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