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Fender Squier Standard Strat RW

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Brand: Fender / Guitar Type: Electric Guitar

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      20.03.2011 16:28
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      great cheap buy

      It almost goes without saying, there are much much better guitars available out there, but for a beginner buying a first guitar, the Fender Squier Strat is perfect. I have been playing guitar for 8 years now, since i was 12, and my parents bought me a Squier Strat for my first guitar. At the time, i didn't really know much about guitars and didn't understand why one guitar was better than another, but now i've realised that the Squier Strat is perfect for beginning to play electric guitar. It's cheap, reliable, and has everything that the regular Fender Strat, except it's lower in price. It is pretty basic, but that is why it is ideal for beginner guitarists. I still love playing my Squier Strat after 8 years of playing it; it has never let me down. The majority of guitar shops out there will sell these guitars, they are very easy to get hold of. You can get beginner packs complete with guitar, amp and everything you would need to begin playing guitar for around £150. Very cheap.

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        29.01.2010 18:10
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        A perfect beginners guitar.

        This was my very first guitar, and it was definitely worth the money.

        Essentially, Squiers are cheaper versions of Stratocasters (which have become one of the most famous guitar makes). Don't let the price fool you though, Squiers are good guitars, with good sound range. They are perfect for any beginner guitarists out there.

        Another advantage of the Squier is how readily available they are; go into any decent music shop, and they will have at least one of these available and ready to jam on. This is also good should you wish to customise your guitar later on, as many, many parts are already on the market which you can use to adapt your guitar.

        Available in many colours and trims (and even sizes in some cases), the Squier is always a popular guitar choice, often being a favourite in "Beginners Guitar Packs" (which can be bought with the amp included).

        I've known many people to have bought a Squier, and most still have it today (despite even buying other guitars for their collections) simply because of how easy it is to play.

        Overall, I'd say this is an excellent choice for a beginning electric guitarist, as it provides decent quality, for excellent value for money.

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        02.07.2009 04:00
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        Brilliant guitar for less than £150

        Squier guitars almost exclusively make cheaper copies of guitars made by it's big brother, Fender. Probably one of the most famous guitars in the world is the Strat, and here's squiers take on the model.

        Now some people tend to look down on Squiers as cheap knock off Fenders, when in reality they are made to the same standards and measurements as Fender but made with cheaper materials in countries with cheaper labour.

        Often seen as a beginners guitar, and it is quiet obvious why. When I am asked what guitar a beginner should get often a squier or a Yamaha is the answer.

        The consistency is there with Squiers, no matter what shop you go into they will have at least one for you to play and they always feel and look good.

        Available in various colours and trim they really are perfect for thos wanting their first guitar as there will always be something for everyone. Also they are a great guitar to upgrade parts on as your playing improves. Many a gigging guitarist will have a squier somewhere with upgraded pickups, and it's often their most played guitar.

        The sounds from the guitar are pretty good for cheap pickups and due to the strats 3 pickups and 5 way switch the range of sounds is almost endless.

        For those who want to learn electric guitar, for those who want a work horse guitar or those who want something to try some upgrades on you can't go wrong with grabbing a squier strat.

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        24.05.2009 23:11
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        Great for beguinners and experienced alike.

        This was my first guitar.

        When I decided to learn to play the guitar, I asked my guitar teacher to tell me what equipment I should get, and he wrote down on a sheet of paper what I needed and told me to go to a specific music store in Denmark Street, off Tottenham Court Road, and give it to his friend there who would take care of it and give me a discount on everything.

        I knew nothing about guitars, so I trusted his expertise.
        I went to the store, and this was the guitar: the Squier by Fender Standard Strat.

        Fender is one of the world's instrument manufacturing giants, and Squier is its lower priced brand.
        The Squier instruments are mostly derived from Fender's own line.


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        Features:

        The Squier Standard Strat has a C-shape maple neck with a 9.5" radius.
        The fingerboard is either maple or rosewood (mine is rosewood).
        It has 22 frets (Medium Jumbo).
        3 Alnico Magnet single coil pickups. 5-way switching.
        3-ply pickguard.

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        Build:

        It is a well-made, rock solid guitar.
        Certainly, each guitar being put together individually, there may be individual differences. But mine was beautifully built, the finish was perfect and it still looks as good as new (I have taken care of it).

        Depending on your own preference and individual guitar you get, you may want to get it set up and lower or raise the action on the guitar.
        When I got mine, it was my first guitar and I had never played before, and I did find the action too high.

        As you become more experienced you may also wish to modify the guitar, putting some better quality strings, etc... But for a beginner, the guitar just as it is off the rack is all you need.

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        Sound:

        The guitar has a clean, smooth sound, and is extremely versatile.
        It plays well rock (hard, classic, grunge), country, jazz, blues, metal.

        Opinion is divided on how well it plays metal. There are people who rave about how good their metal sounds, others claim it really doesn't cut it.
        Personally, I say if you want a guitar specifically to play metal music, you should be getting a more metal-oriented guitar. Otherwise this will probably suit you just fine.

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        Design:

        I love it. It is just a beautiful guitar to look at. I love the body lines, the slim neck and the larger, round 60s-style headstock.

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        When I bought it, I believe it was retailed at around £110. Nowadays I've seen it priced at £206 on Amazon, but I think it is possible to find it at a lower price.

        www.imusician.co.uk has Affinity Strat (not Standard) packs at £139.99 that include a small 15-watt amplifier, stating that the RRP is £199.


        Stores usually make a deal where you buy the guitar and it comes with a gig bag and a small amplifier and cable. It's pretty standard, so if you go to a store and they don't automatically offer you this, ask them if they will.

        This is a wonderful guitar, and recommended for those who are learning to play, or for more serious musicians on a budget. I know of people who have bought very expensive brand guitars only to go back to the Squier, because the sound is so good and they like the guitar so much.

        For the price, it could not be more perfect.

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          21.09.2008 15:42
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          Great value for the price!

          Now I have been playing the electric guitar for a few years, and my first guitar was in fact a Fender Squier Strat, although I have played it many a time, to this day it is still in brilliant nick.

          I have bought few other guitars, but it is still one of my favorites, the sound isn't the best but still pretty good, and the reliability makes up for it. I am currently in a band, and can play this guitar for hours in practice and in gigs, and still sound good and in tune. I myself use a huge amount of distortion and it sounds great, and even without it can still can give you goosebumps!

          You can use this as your main gig-playing guitar and not have to worry about it breaking down or sounding plain crap on stage. As I have said I have been playing mine for quite a while now, yet it still looks like new! It was made particularly well in the factory, it has a a pick guard so you do not have to worry about damaging the guitar if you pick to hard! Everything is intact just the way it was, the only issue i have had, is that once I have dropped it quite hard onto concrete flooring, and caused the tuning pegs to move slightly, but this was easy and cheap to fix, not to mention that it was purely my fault, and nothing else was damaged from the impact.

          I find that this guitar looks excellent and has a nice overall "feel" to it. I am extremely pleased with this guitar, the fact that you can purchase this for such a cheap price (under £100) is just amazing, for me it
          is the ultimate starter/amateur guitar and strongly recommend it to all those who wish to begin learning the electric guitar. Great Buy!

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            13.06.2008 14:13
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            Great value first electric guitar.

            This guitar is made by the same factories as the "normal" Fender guitars and is of almost the same quality; just a reduced price tag. There are 2 types of Squier, and the Standard is the better of the 2. This guitar has everything the more expensive models have, and I have even seen some people performing on stage with these types rather than the full-price Strats.

            It is of a medium weight, and generally speaking, you will need to factor in the cost of a gig bag to carry it in, leads, plectrums, a stand and an amplifier, but even then it's still great value as a starter guitar.

            The colours and designs are more limited than its more pricey brothers and sisters but having said that, because it's cheap, you could always have fun customising its look for yourself. They are also pretty robust and are easy to clean.

            I did find it hard to get myself my left handed model though, so you may need to order it in specially if you need it.

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