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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Festofish, Oct 14, 2021.
This subject seems to bring out people's insecurities. There were lots of people over on the gear page saying "yeah but he has a tech to fix it" or "yeah but he replaced the tuners." Or "yeah but he uses a lot of effects." These are predictably guys who spend $4000 on a strat copy.
I gave my sister in law a squier strat a few Christmases ago. I refinished it in a way she liked, but otherwise it was a stock squire strat. The thing sounds and plays great. I see them a couple times a year and always play it. Why would it NOT sound good? It's just a frickin slab of wood with pickups, and pickups were the cutting edge technology of 1928. We've had nearly 100 years as a species to figure out to make a pickup.
It's almost as though all a guitar needs is to have the frets in the right places and not fall apart under string tension, normal use or time (within reason), and everything else is personal preference and window dressing.
Jeff Healey only used squiers (and a champ ) at least when i worked sound for him
My Lady bought a Squier Bullet Strat in a FSR Aztec Gold finish for me to play at her house:
It was an impulse buy for her when she saw the MF ad for $99 USD, shipped. I’ve had it for about 6 years now. I’ve done the following to it:
Set relief and string height to my preferences.
Filed away fret sprout and rolled the fretboard edges.
Within the last year, I changed the trapezoid tuners to Hipshot. Improvement in tuning ease made it more fun to play. About $55 USD.
My Lady and I decided it would look much nicer in her living room if I replaced the stock white pickguard and backplate with an IKN brown tort set. Moved the stock pickups and controls to the new pickguard. About $15 USD.
It plays smoothly and sounds great. No need to change a thing. Thanks again, honey!
I’m not at all surprised that Mike Rutherford fell in love with one. Light, great playing instrument. Especially after playing boat-anchor doublenecks.
Inflation. You were lucky to get those guitars at that price when you did. They're a lot more now.
I love my Squier Mustang HH. Really, all it needed was the nut slots filed down a bit. I will install some new pots too and it will be perfect. The frets were a little rough at first, but just playing it smoothed them out nicely.
If it PLAYS GOOD...
If it SOUNDS GOOD...
THEN IT IS GOOD!
He may know some mechanics who can get them up to snuff.
There is gonna be a run on Squire Bullets......I like hardtail strats
And if you add up all those upgrades plus the cost of the guitar it's still a bargain.
Well Mike has that "Invisible touch" so some of his stuff is hard to see.
I have a Squier Bullet Star HH that is a killer guitar. Super resonant, and all stock!
What surprises me most is he finds a thinner neck easier to play... I prefer chunkier necks as my fingers get older. But hey whatever works for Mike...!
(BTW it's worth considering that in fact his main guitar expense is probably paying his guitar tech's salary... Whether he pays £200 or £2000 for the bits of wood will get lost in the noise pretty quickly.)
also... my first guitar was a MIJ 1984 Squier Strat. White. Still have it. All original except for the selector switch. Had many compliments on the tone of that guitar. Incidently, Kenny Vaughn in a recent interview has a black one that he says is one of his favorite guitars.
I've picked up four Squiers over the past year or so; traded one. I don't really fuss with switching pots or switches around anymore (unless something's not working right), or even pickups, really; I might put a different bridge pickup in my Super Sonic, but the stock ones in my Tele Standard and Starcaster are good.
The thing I take from this is that Fender needs to make more hardtail strats.
They had great 70's styled ones in their 10 for '15 limited series -- sold out in a month.
Sweetwater had hardtail Vintera 70's strats -- gone in the blink of an eye.
I think more people want hardtails that Fender realizes.
I’ve never understood why they don’t offer a hardtail standard. Less labor and parts and they could charge the same. Missed opportunity for sure. That’s exactly why my favorite strat is a Tele Deluxe!