The Vintage Modified ’70s Stratocaster® delivers the distinctive look of 1970s workhorse Fender guitars, with an all-Black maple-Fingerboard model and a Vintage White rosewood-Fingerboard model. Both feature a large headstock, vintage-tint gloss neck and black plastic parts typical of that era.
Other features include a basswood body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius Fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and black dot (Black model) or parchment (Vintage white model) inlays, three Duncan Designed™ SC-101 single-coil pickups with black covers, five-way pickup switch with black tip, three-ply pickguard (white-black-white or black-white-black), black 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 own this guitar for a few weeks now. It is very beautiful! The finish is near to be perfect! The frets do not hurts fingers, the neck is very sweet. This vintage tint gloss is absolutly nice. (A bit less "honey" for the color of the maple, but it will get more "yellow" with time).
The tone is really decent. Not the best guitar ever but the sound is really full and brilliant. Those Duncan design pickups are very very good. I think i will not change them. But, there is other mods i do, and i think : have to bee done.
First the string trees that I change for Graphtech. It really helps to stay in tune with the vibrato. Next the pots. I have change them for CTS really quickly. Stock, it is 250K audio pots everywhere. I prefer Linear far better for the volume, when i got the guitar all the volume was lost at 7 or 8. No more sound! Now i have something really effective on the overall range of the pot. By the way i rewired the switch to have the second tone pot, wired on the bridge pickup. This pickup is really shinny and need to be tamed a bit. Stock, this tone pot is wired to the middle position wich is useless. I think.
Once this job done, I have some little difficult to be perfect on the 6th string. My saddle doesn't allow me to have the right action. (I have changed my strings to 10-48). So i'm a bit disapointed. Seems that the steel is made of poor quality.. I think those saddles have to be changed too.
But, in the end, I have to say that the sound is really great. The clean sound is really nice with some chorus and reverb. Even overdriven, the tone is really good with this guitar. A great value, a beautiful instrument. And even more with white covers and knobs! A little Gilmour touch!
marty62100 owns this item
I bought the black on black "GIlmour".. I had it tuned down to Drop C... beat the crap out of it... bending the strings as high as I could... diving the bar, etc.... and it has yet to come out of tune... Best Guitar I have EVER played!!! And I'm able to compare this to AM, MIM, MIJ Fenders as well as Ibanez and Gibson... This guitar is awesome!!
eyezomb owns this item
I bought this guitar because I loved the way it looked and the way it played. I didn't even look at the head stock until after I played it for 15 minutes. It compares with my two Mexican Strats and I think that it comes close to my 96 American!
Simply put, this is a great guitar for the money.
bobjohnson00 owns this item
I really didn't need a new guitar and this one just caught my eye. And when I picked it up it felt very good in my hands, and had the classic strat tone that I love. So I just bought it, and I am very happy with it .
shornel owns this item
The guitar was bought sight unseen over the internet from a quality dealer in Toronto, and arrived in flawless and set-up condition. The black body with the complementary gloss solid maple neck is a striking and beauitiful combination. I am able to compare to an affinity Strat and Classic Vibe 50s Strat also acquired in recent years, All three are very satisfying to play, having slightly different tones per their specifications. This model has a slightly more smokey tone than the other two. The classic vibe 50s is the brightest of the three, and the Affinity has the bridge humbucker, which always kicks output up a notch. This 70's VM has the duncan designed pickups , and they are a first rate component. Seriously consider this guitar if you want one that can rock out or dig deep for a soulful blues tone. Called a "workhorse" in the literature, I find it to be a thoroughbred in every respect, This guitar can, truly, do it all.
I have the black/maple version of this guitar. It is hands down the best value for money guitar I have ever owned, but not only that it is one of the best I have ever owned regardless of price.
Past Strat experience:
I have owned a Custom Shop '56 relic for the last 10 years, I have owned a couple of USA Standards since 1988 and several Japanese Fender Strats too. I also own a Squier Classic Vibe '60s.
I have given it full marks on features and design because in my opinion the Stratocaster is already the perfect electric guitar with no equal.
I chose the VM70s because I am so impressed by my CV60s. I believed it would compare in quality and feel to the CV60s, plus I loved the look. I wasn't disappointed. I do prefer maple fingerboards and the neck on the VM70s feels slightly fatter to me than the CV60s, so to me this guitar plays nicer and feels nicer than the CV.
Finish is superb, as good as the CV with no flaws in the finish and no sharp frets etc.
Pleasantly surprised. I was expecting to change the pickups. However, the DD SC101s are amazing to my ears. Just a fantastic Strat sound. Lots of clarity, articulation and very punchy. Better than I ever imagined. Neck pup is amazing and the bridge pup (always my favourite) is great for classic rock.
It covers everything I need to play all the styles I play (which is a little bit of everything).
Unbeatable value for 10k Thai Baht (about $300) I got so much guitar I feel like a criminal. I am a pro musician with a Custom Shop Fender Strat and I love this Squier just as much despite some obvious lower cost parts. It doesn't take anything away from what is still an absolute winner.
This guitar is not just for beginners.
Rob_Cooke owns this item
I bought this guitar 3 months ago to fill a sound niche in my collection. I couldn't be more please with this Strat: great playability, great sound and great price. In fact, if your main axe is a humbuckers type or P90, you may never need another Strat unless the name 'Squier' on the headstock may incite you towards a Fender. Having said that, there's something very cool about a Squier in the hand of an experienced player (I've been playing since 1968)...people realise the fingers have a lot to do with the sound. Having said that, this Squier through a good Brit type tube amp generates great Ritchie, Jimi, and other early seventies sounds. The only mod I would do deal with the bridge PU -- I rarely use the middle PU and never either use the tone control for it. However, I use the tone control with the bridge PU on my other guitars. I plan to hookup the tone in question to the bridge PU but I must say, it's strictly for my own taste. One suggestion to Squier: it would be nice if the same guitar would be available in Sunburst and Blonde.
Gilderoy Lockhart owns this item
This was my first real 6 string guitar that I bought brand spanking new. I ordered it because I read some fantastic reviews online. I took it home today and did a thorough inspection. I found a couple problems right off the bat. The truss rod binding glue in the headstock had leaked out, There was quite a bit of fret glue on the fretboard, and the pickups were slightly damaged. Another problem is the trem, which is simply put, crap. It will put your guitar out of tune in just a couple whammies. However, the Duncan Designed pickups sound really good, the stock Fender strings are pretty awesome and the guitar is beautiful. In terms of design and value, it's up there. It sounds better than anything else within 50$ and the neck is very well sought out and easy to play although the lacquered neck can get quite annoying when your hands are sweaty. Overall, if you're a perfectionist and like things very tidy and well set-up out of the box, saving up for a MIM Strat is a better bet. But if you don't care about the little things and you just want a cheap, great spunding guitar, it's a solid bet.
Drehven owns this item
The sound produced from the Vintage Modified '70s Stratocaster is the best for its price. Besides that, the movement of hands at the frets is amazing. My hand moves smoothly on the fretboard. Overall, the guitar is amazing with nice tone features and playability. Its design isn't quite preferable for the youngsters nowadays.
nizarazfar owns this item
I was one of the first to own one of the Japanese Squier Strats in all black as shown above, and gigged with it for the best part of 4 years before selling - due to marriage. In that time it only developed one problem, and that was the neck needed re-shimming due to only having 3 bolts holding it in place. Other than that this was the best guitar I have ever ownedeven to this day, it is the one guitar I wish I still owned! It gave m nothing but absolute pleasure to play during the years that I was learning my stage craft - which is now long behind me I might add. The sound was billiant and played like a dream. Anyone considering a good starter guitar need look no further, I would recommend one of these in a heartbeat.
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified '70s Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|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:||Black or White 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:||Black 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, Black Plastic Parts, Dot Position Inlays|
|Included Accessories:||Wrenches: 1.5mm, 4mm|
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