Would you be seen dead playing Squier at a big gig?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Kojoflo, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Pantonelli

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    If that’s all you can afford, and can play well, then what difference does it make at the end of the day?

    Unless you are a brand snob. I’m sorta new at playing, so if I play 179.00 squire telecaster, or a 5000 fender telecaster, it won’t make a difference.

    I’m not one to get hung up on brand names.
     
  2. MonkeyJefferson

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    I agree with virtually EVERY point you make- after you schlock up up a $250 Squier with $300 worth of parts, you have $150 Guitar that you wonder whether it's gig worthy or not. The only Squiers I've kept are the "Unmoddeds"- A Custom II, a killer guitar on any continent, from the day I touched it, and a pair of Standards- 'a 98 and '99, because they have gorgeous 21 fret maple necks. I've been through a pile of others, and they just ended up being not worth it. If I don't gig with it, I don't want it.
     
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    And it's mostly because of the STUPID SQUIER BRIDGES. WON'T SOMEONE MAKE A PROPER AFTERMARKET ASHTRAY THAT FITS A SQUIER? CHINA, IF YOU"RE LISTENING!!!!!
     
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  4. vanr

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    Yep. I very rarely bring one of my 3 Les Pauls to a bar gig. Mostly play one of my Ibanez Semi-Hollows or Squier Tele.
     
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    That one gearhead guitarist in the crowd will cut you some slack if you play great. Nobody else will even notice.
     
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    Yup, I just played my CV60's Tele Squier this past Saturday night at an American Legion 100th Anniversary Celebration. Lots of people, lots of dancers. My Squier is loaded with CS Texas Specials, upgraded wiring (stock pots) and Marc Rutters Brass Saddles. It plays and sounds every bit as good as my '92 Tele American Standard. Both really great gigging guitars. It doesn't matter much to me what brand name is on the head-stock....a good guitar is a good guitar...that's all that matters to me. There's just something about it....playing the underdog and sounding great.
     
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  7. Mike R.

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    Steve Rothery of Marillion regularly plays a Squire Strat.
     
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    Why not? Some of the best came from Japan and they weren't all that cheap back in the 80's. $400 with a case was a lot of money in 1985.[​IMG][​IMG]
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    I think it is more your own insecurity than anything. Does it play well? Does it sound good? That's what matters. If someone is going to sneer and thumb their nose at you because you have a Squier, then they aren't into it for what really matters, and best to be ignored.
     
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    I think it is more your own insecurity than anything. Does it play well? Does it sound good? That's what matters. If someone is going to sneer and thumb their nose at you because you have a Squier, then they aren't into it for what really matters, and best to be ignored.
     
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    I would feel uncomfortable about playing a PRS.

    Not sure if I should feel guilty about that....

    :)
     
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    I'd rather be seen ALIVE playing a Squier...
     
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    When I was in a band, I played all my gigs and recorded all our songs with a Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass, bar 2 songs that I used a Squier Classic Vibe 60s P Bass on; both basses were completely stock. I did get some patronising comments about it, but most people had only nice things to say about it.

    The stock pickup on the Matt Freeman is one of my favourites; I took out the Seymour Duncan SPB-3 that was fitted when I bought it and put the original back in.
     
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    The more expensive Squiers now cost more than the least expensive Fenders.
    It's no longer a case of cheap, budget guitars v expensive, original guitars.
    I have a guitar with a Squier Strat neck, the rest of it isn't even Squier never mind Fender.
    I would happily gig with it.
     
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    Who are you trying to impress?
    Page played Dan Electros, Keith plays anything he wants from student model Juniors to expensive custom guitars, quite frankly most people don’t care what you play, it’s only guitar geeks that care,


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    I watched Brad Paisley play an all-acoustic gig in Britain on Youtube. He was holding those $100 Epiphone acoustics, that had only been painted over. Sounded great. He posts Instagram videos with a stock Epi acoustic sometimes- the $99 one.
     
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    I was wanting some P90 goodness and I didn't need the feedback of my buddy's (lovely) Casino, nor the weight and modern tones of my Gibson 50s Tribute. So I bought this loaded body and threw on a Squier neck I had on my test bed guitar.

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    Great pickups- and the control layout gives a heap of adjustment. It's going to the next gig......
     
  18. radiocaster

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    Not sure what you're trying to say. I had a Wilkinson bridge on a CV tele and it fit, screws and all.

    I think for cheaper ones like the Affinity series you might need to redrill for the screw holes, but it has toploader holes for the strings as well.
     
  19. MonkeyJefferson

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    It seems you know exactly what I’m tryin’ to say.
     
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    Ah, o.k. I didn't think drilling three holes was that big of a deal. I guess it is if you don't own a hand drill and a small bit.
     
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