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Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Kojoflo, Dec 3, 2016.
I keed. I keed.
I couldn't agree more. You're absolutely right. That's ridiculous.
Is this a Fender or a Squier?
I still love her....
The only time I've heard this "brand affliction" expressed out loud in recent years was by a guitarist who was a management consultant during the day, whose bandmates were also management consultants during the day, and whose audience were management consultants -and aspiring management consultants during the day.
For these guys, ownership of a Fender rather than a Squier, or a Gibson rather than an Epiphone, was an indicator of "seriousness", much like the Tumi luggage used during the day.
That said, when I was in a band 20 years ago I had a Japanese Fender!
Now, I wonder if Tumi make guitar cases..
<<Would you be seen dead playing Squier at a big gig?"
Yes, I was one time...they revived me
Its a fake shovel. On the other side of the handle you can see the harborfright decal rubbed off and replaced with a Craftsman logo.
There's a heck of a lot of people out there with squiers that change the decal to fender, so I think it's safe to say that many people have problems with them. I recently sold my vm 72, not because it was a rubbish guitar, it wasn't, it just wasn't that great a guitar, and if I'm going to mod a guitar then the effort would go on a fender, not a squier
Whatever you do,dont put this on Facebook!
Knowing that people are replacing Squier headstock labels with Fender decals I should start buying only Squiers. That way I don't pay Fender prices for Squier Incognitos. PLUS, who knows, maybe somewhere along the way I'll wind up buying a Fender with a Squier decal
A fair and better compromise would be to simply remove all decals. Let people judge the instrument for how you make it sound.
Grab just about anyone out the audience,and say "Hey,this is a Squier tele....whaddaya think?"
To worry about being "seen" playing a Squier is pandering to the maybe 5-8% of musicians at your gig who might snicker at your choice.
YOU are playing a big gig...."they" (corksniffers) are not working,and their Custom Shop tele is home in the case.
Would you be seen dead playing Squier at a big gig?
I cannot be sure; indeed, how can one know what is to come after this life? It is one of the great mysteries. I can be fairly certain that I would be seen dead at my funeral, unless it were a closed casket funeral or I chose cremation. But since I have not died, and thus am not aware of the details of one's after-life activities, I cannot say whether or not I will be seen dead playing a Squier at the big gig.
I can say I have never in my life seen a dead man playing a Squier at a big gig, or any type of guitar for that matter, but then again I have not been to every big gig. Upon reflection I would say I may be seen alive playing a Squier at a small gig. I haven't had many big gigs yet.
I'm pretty sure Keith Richards is a zombie, we should ask him.
Of course I would play my VM Jaguar and my CV 50 Tele at a big gig. These guitars inspire me, they sound, feel and look great.
Sorry, but I am in no position to do that! Trust me.
I don't play real "big" gigs, but used my CV Strat on the majority of my band's latest CD, sounds great (there is a giant brass block behind the bridge, but the only mod, all else is stock). The producer said it was a ' magic ' Strat. It is. Had it for 7 years or better.
I read a thread over on a Strat website recently where someone posted regarding where a particular Squier guitar was manufactured (China, Korea, Indonesia, etc...). He said the CNC machine doesn't care where it's made, it's going to mill to the same specs regardless where it's located. I'd expand that line of thinking to the label... the CNC machine doesn't care if it's a Fender or a Squier, it's just a label. The machine is going to mill the wood to whatever spec it's provided.
If it's an undersized entry level Squier, that's one thing but the upscale guitars seem really nice and a good platform for upgrades. More than once I've pulled a Squier Stratocaster classic vibe off the rack at the guitar shop thinking it was a Fender before I noticed it was a Squier. They're that nice.
I once had half the audience get up and leave when I came out with a Squire Tele CV.
So reached for my 59 Gibson 335, and the other half left.
People just hate a Squire