The Squier '51 returns in a hot new Vintage Modified model that delivers all the great style and features of the original value-priced screamer of the mid 2000s. All the ’51s enormous tonal versatility is back, with a powerful SH pickup configuration, rotary pickup selector, push-pull coil tap and more.
Features include a basswood body, satin-finish maple neck with "C"-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, single-coil Stratocaster neck pickup and hot humbucking bridge pickup, knurled "chrome dome" master volume control knob that also functions as a push-pull bridge pickup coil-selector switch (full humbucking or inner coil only for single-coil bridge pickup tone), knurled "chrome dome" three-position rotary pickup selector switch (in place of a tone control knob), single-ply white pickguard (black pickguard on Vintage Blonde model) and six-saddle hard-tail bridge. Available in Two-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red and Vintage Blonde.
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I was in a situation that didn't allow me to travel with any guitar, and I decided to buy a new one, in a extremely tight budget. After watching many reviews of guitars in the price $~200 range, the '51 was one of the strongest candidates.
The look of this guitar is somewhat bold, it's not your regular Tele or Strat, is modern and vintage at the same time. The manufacture and finish are good, like in most of the modern Squier instruments. The tuners feel a little unstable and the frets are less than ideal, but are perfectly playable and can handle real work.
Tone-wise guitar is VERY versatile, it can produce a wide range of tones, and is responsive to nuances and subtleties. The pickups are nice, the bridge humbucker mode sounds right, and the single-coil mode sounds very nice, clean and distorted, as the neck one does. The absence of a tone knob is bewildering at first, but it can be corrected with a little EQ, and some open mind to brighter tones, but rather than a problem, it became an opportunity to explore.
The slanting of the neck pickup is a great idea that corrects one of the problems I've always had with Strats: The first string doesn't get amplified properly. Slanting solves the problem and has another great feature, higher harmonics can be clearly heard, since the poles are not located in the nodes of the vibrating string.
The string-through-body bridge is nice. I'm used to tremolo bridges, I move directly the bridge with my finger for less-than-bigsby vibrato effects, but, even with its fixed bridge, this guitar's neck can be flexed to produce almost the same effect, in a Frisell-esque way.
The only thing thad I didn't really like is my own fault. Being a Strat player for decades I use the volume knob a lot, and it is way far out of reach, just like in a regular Tele.
This is not a $2000 guitar, but is a more than outstanding value for both beginners and experienced players. It surpassed all of my expectations.
Well done, Fender!
deprieto owns this item
I bought an original while on tour, from Guitar Center in Medford, Oregon during their original $99 sale. This October 2004 (last month for Vintage Blonde with white pickguard) was perfectly set-up out of the box, has never needed adjustment. Only change has been a $25 set of German Pyramid strings.
Out of all my Fender electrics, this has become my favorite player.
And it's not just me. One of the best guitar techs I know was not familiar with 51s. He tried mine and said "This is a BITCHIN' guitar!" Best compliment we've ever received.
While I've had zero problems with the top-loading hardtail bridge, the upgraded 2014 model is calling to me in the new Candy Apple Red finish.
sub006 owns this item
I saw this beautiful instrument in a music store in Halifax Canada, Picked it up and it just fits, I knew in an instance I loved it, I have 3 other Squier products, 2 Stratocasters and a Telecaster and while I enjoy playing all of them, The 51 is my weapon of choice most of the time, it brings excitement to any practice.
SquireJames owns this item
This is my second Squier 51...i had an original from 2005, and now a 2014 vintage blonde. What a great guitar...so much fun to play and for under $200. I did have to change the strings and polish the frets...seem to have rust on them. The single coil is weak, I'm a humbucker guy anyways and the humbucker in this is great. I have 20 guitars and this little gem is as fun and great to play. The blonde one is a transparent finish.....very attractive guitar
miket5r owns this item
I owned an original ’51 when they were first released and loved it. When I saw it was reissued I ordered one immediately.
I received it yesterday and when I unpacked it the first thing I saw was that the four screws that hold the humbucker bezel to the body were missing. The only thing holding the pickup in the guitar was the wires and strings. I emailed fender to request the missing parts.
Then I saw that the single coil pickup was tilted forward. I removed the pickguard and saw that the pickup was mounted flush with the rear of the cavity placing it about an eighth of an inch out of position and out of alignment with the hole in the pickguard. I will have to relocate the pickup or mount it from the top on the pickguard.
The next issue was the nut on the pickup selector switch was loose. Not a big problem I just tightened it.
As the action was a bit high I adjusted the truss rod which was completely loose. When I made the adjustment the action was good.
On the positive side the finish on the body and neck was perfect and without any flaws. The hardware was also excellent and the pickups and electronics were very good. It is unfortunate that the quality control was not as good in the assembly department. I thought that I was buying a guitar and did not realize that I was buying a guitar kit.
I will keep the guitar and make the repairs myself as I am happy with the parts and guitar as a whole.
fs3111 owns this item
I bought one from the first batch that hit the stores in 2004. I wanted the blonde white pickguard model. My dealer did not get one til the blackguards came out in early 05. I bought the black one. I originally got it for the neck to replace my very worn 94 MIM tele. The 51 cost me $99 new. You can't buy a good neck for 99. I got it home and started to play it. figured I'd play it and the take the neck off and sell the loaded body. I liked it so well I couldn't part it out. It was like the Danelectro guitars, very nice fit and finish and fantastic sound. My only complaint is it is hard to re-string getting the string through the saddles.
The sound reminds me of the DiPinto guitars used by Los Straitjackets. I very seldom use the humbucker mode. The lead pickup has a copper bottom plate like a vintage style Tele pickup. The neck pickup is super silky, very warm smooth tone. The fretwork on mine was above average and the neck has a nice flame maple look to it. The tuners are very good for a guitar in this price range.
The neck is slightly narrower that a regular Fender. Mine is 1 9/16ths instead of 1 5/8ths.
I was worried how it would balance out with the affinity thick body, but it is very nice. I was shocked when they were discontinued, I played the 799 Fender version. It was really nice but it was 700 better. I have turned down 250-300 offers to sell it.
Not my main axe but it does get used for at least one set. The setup out of the box was playable but the truss rod was pretty loose. Plays very nice, has a very nice look to it. I like the 51 in stock form, Great design and you cant beat that kind of value, totally gig ready after a 15 minute setup
guido owns this item
I'm an owner /and fan/ of the original '51. Back in time it was a blast with its distinctive personality that is, despite the origins, somehow neither Strat nor Tele. It has its raw yet elegant power that I always wanted but missed from both. The '51 combines super minimal features with great versatility. It became one of my most fav axes during the years, blasting some big label boys off the pool. I used my '51 on recordings and onstage alike. A LOT of extensive real life abuse. It is still going strong and unstoppable like a rugged AK47 machine gun. As for the reissue it feels to be even a little finer than the original '51 to me, putting the mark one step higher. Fun and inspiring to play. Thanks for reviving this axe!
NecroPolo owns this item
I own an original, and I play it often.
Has its own sound, yet unmistakably "Fender-y". Good as an all round single-coil to take to jam sessions.
Fit and finish as we've come to expect from Squier.
Only complaint is that when the humbucker is split, it's the non-RWRP coil in the circuit. With the neck pup and a RWRP coil in the bridge in parallel, you cancel hum and keep all the single-coil sound. Small complaint. Could be an easy mod. Maybe they've fixed that with this re-issue.
jcedrez owns this item
|Model Name:||Squier® '51, Maple Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red|
|Color:||Candy Apple Red|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Poly|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Poly|
|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|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Bridge Pickup:||Hot Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, 3-Position Rotary|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Rotary Pickup Selector Switch: Position 1. Neck Pickup (Full Clockwise) Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (Middle) Position 3. Bridge Pickup (Full Counterclockwise)|
|Special Electronics:||Push/Pull Coil Selector Switch (On Master Volume Pot): Normal Position: Full Bridge Humbucking Pickup Up Position: Inside Coil of Bridge Humbucking Pickup|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Die-Cast|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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