If I get a strat

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  1. Bluego1

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    is there really much of a difference between these three? Is the Squier the way to go for 3 to 4 hundred dollars difference? I don’t want to spend a ton on a strat, I can deal with various necks. I know, I know, all kinds of personal preference issues. I guess im basically asking if the sound from the Squier is close enough to the others, all else equal, to make it a no-brainer.
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    That Squier CV looks like a very good starting point. Nothing wrong with those.
     
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    It is all a preference to be honest.

    Based on my preferences, I know what I would choose and I have made that choice before and was not disappointed.

    The squier classic vibes are great for the money. If you want a quality strat but don't care that it is made over seas, that would be a great choice and save you money in the long run. With the left over cash, if something isn't 100% to your liking, you can make personal changes.
     
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    I'd take a Squier that felt & sounded good over a Fender that didn't. And vice versa.

    My Fender strat was a major improvement over the Squier that preceded it, but that was 30 years ago. From what I can tell the quality has improved considerably since then. Many of the Squiers that I play in stores are just as good as my Fender when I first got it.
     
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    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Hi Bluego,

    Fender has been making some stellar guitars at all price points. I have 5 Fenders, 4 Teles and a Strat, two Am Std's, two Mexi's and a Special! They are all great guitars.

    I would look to the features. The most important being the radius, finish, and fret wire of the neck plus the pickups.

    I noticed two of them have the two point tremolo. I dont know if that makes a difference or not. I would assume the 2 point would be superior as you find it on all of Fenders most expensive instruments. Interestingly I found several blog threads touting the superiority of the 6 point so who knows.
     
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    I would not consider the Squier to be a "no brainer " over the Fender's.
    The new Player is a good guitar, IMO a significant step up from the CV.

    But if I was looking to buy a Strat right now in that price range I would seriously consider the discontinued Standard.
    For only $100 more than the CV and $150 less than the Player if you are on a budget I would call it the front runner.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Standard-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar-with-Maple-Fretboard.gc
     
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    Actually, the six-screw traditional bridge on the Squier could easily make it sound Stratier than the modern two-screw bridges on the other two.

    It also has the old-style split-shaft tuners, which will grip your strings a lot more tightly than the modern tuners on the other two.

    Remember also that over time you can swap parts out - pickups, pots, switch, trem block, whatever. Do it little by litte and your wallet will never feel a thing.

    There are pros who swear by their Squier Strats. Why not start with that and give it a year to see how you like it?
     
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    I've played some great CVs... and some pretty good ones.
    Never a bad one.
    I searched out a nice quartersawn CV neck for my partscaster and I love it.
     
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    Jack Pearson has been known to play alot of low end squiers...
     
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    I’ve heard people say the 6 point makes it difficult to palm mute.
     
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    I've never had a problem palm muting on a 6 point. I vastly prefer them over the 2 point variant but I probably in the minority on that.
     
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    Yeah...I don't see how palm muting could be affected.
    You'll have to play them and see for yourself.
     
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    I would say that the players strat is the best bang of the three. It’s an all around good guitar. With a pro setup it will be a perfectly gig worthy guitar.
     
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    I like the 2 screw trems much better than the 6 screw terms. The 2 screw almost feels as good as the Jag/JM unit
     
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    I'd say (I'm no authority, brother....just hoping I can add to the collective help) to look long and hard at the necks. As I've been playing more and more electrics this year (I have 7 now haha) the biggest difference I notice is the neck and frets/fretboard. On most of my guitars, which are cheap value-hunters, I don't notice as much difference in tone because of the bridge/pups/etc....what I DO notice is how the strings bend against the frets, or does the fingerboard feel rock hard and kinda scratchy/unpolished/unfinished?

    My 2 best guitars are a PRS SE Soapbar II and American Special Strat. The biggest difference, which is noticable after about a year playing the various guitars I've got, is that the C at 9.5 with jumbo frets on the Special and the neck on the PRS are smooth and fast compared to all the necks of my other axes, which I absolutely LOVE, but I have become accustomed to how different the neck/frets/board is.
     
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    I've never been fond of MIM Standard strats, on the whole I'd take a CV over one. The higher end MIMs (Classic series, artist models) are great though.

    Make sure you check out a G&L Legacy Tribute, too.
     
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    What about you Yamaha Pacifica? It may not have Fender wrote on in but my Son in Law has one of those that plays like a dream. I kept it for about 6 months once and sure hated it when he took it back. Only thing is a Fat Strat type but plenty of strat tones on the neck and mid pu's. Platefire
     
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    don't buy new.
    look at 'off brand' like yamaha, schecter etc.. used...
     
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