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Old 08-01-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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I was browsing Craigslist today and came across this Squier standard Strat. I had been meaning to pick up a cheaper guitar to bring with me to the local open jam night at the bar...I get nervous bringing any of my nice guitars along. Met the person selling it, decided it seemed pretty OK, walked out with it for $50. Can't beat that! There are a lot of surface scratches but no deep gouges, dings, or chipped paint. The only thing that's really wrong with it (as far as I can tell so far) is that the selector switch needs to be cleaned or replaced. No biggie. I tweaked the setup when I bought it home, plugged it in, and I gotta say I really like this thing! I mean, $50 is a steal, but this little guitar holds its own pretty well. It has the small headstock, made in Korea, and looking up the serial number shows it was made in 1992.


Gonna fix the switch, re string it, and play it for a while before I decide on any potential upgrades. I've got this weird urge to put some p90's in it though... Time will tell.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:30 PM   #2
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Nothing like Strat! Cool guitar there man.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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Thanks! I love finding usable gear for cheap. And I've never owned an actual strat (some will argue a squier isn't really a stratocaster but whatever), let alone a guitar with single coils or a maple fretboard, so this is pretty fun. I've been looking at GFS and it seems like another $50 would go a long way. Probably some new tuners first. I'm intrigued by the GFS pickups, they're so cheap but get pretty good reviews. I actually think the stock ones sound decent, but I don't think I have an ear for single coils yet like I do with humbuckers if that makes any sense
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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sweet hard to go wrong for $50
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:48 AM   #6
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It has the small headstock, made in Korea, and looking up the serial number shows it was made in 1992.


Gonna fix the switch, re string it, and play it for a while before I decide on any potential upgrades. I've got this weird urge to put some p90's in it though... Time will tell.

Nice score!

Do you mean 3xP90? Or P90/S/S? Or what?
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:15 PM   #7
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Nice pick up. Can't believe you got it for $50

. I have a newer squire standard strat(2010-2011 with the larger 70s headstock). I love this guitar and still continue to play it even though I own a MIA strat and a PRS SE. It is not the end all be all of guitars but really it IS a great guitar is you don't have $1g plus to spend.

Squire gets a lot of hate. Mainly due to their bullet one and starter pack strats. But the standard series, classic vibes, and vintage modifieds are better then anything that has came out of Mexico since the late 90s early 2000s
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:18 PM   #8
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Fifty bucks is definitely the right price.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:07 PM   #9
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Nice score!

Do you mean 3xP90? Or P90/S/S? Or what?


You know, I haven't exactly figured that out yet! I've been watching videos of p90 strats, trying to decide for sure if it's what I want to do. I was thinking 2xp90's but p90/s/s is an interesting thought. When I had the pickguard off I found it's routed H-S-H so 3x 90's wouldn't be an option unless I route out the cavity.

I fixed the switch today. All I had to do was scrape the corrosion from the contacts, works like a charm now. The inside of the cavity was all painted so I can't tell what kind of wood the body is. Plywood maybe? Hopefully not. It seems to resonate pretty well, doesn't sound dead or anything.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:20 PM   #10
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Hmm...if it's routed HSH, you might not be able to fit se standard P90s in at all.

However, there are such things as HB-sized P90s, and there are even a few singlecoil-sized P90s out there. Of course, they don't sound EXACTLY like P90s, but some of the higher-end ones sound more like P90s than cheap P90s do.*

So you don't have to do any woodwork if you don't want to.










* of course! almost any pickup you buy will cost more than what you paid for the guitar, but so what?
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:32 AM   #11
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Hmm...if it's routed HSH, you might not be able to fit se standard P90s in at all.

However, there are such things as HB-sized P90s, and there are even a few singlecoil-sized P90s out there. Of course, they don't sound EXACTLY like P90s, but some of the higher-end ones sound more like P90s than cheap P90s do.*

So you don't have to do any woodwork if you don't want to.










* of course! almost any pickup you buy will cost more than what you paid for the guitar, but so what?


Yeah, exactly right about the cost of it. On one hand, only paying $50 for the guitar leaves room in my budget for other stuff. On the other hand, I don't think I can bring myself to putting more parts into this guitar than it's actually worth. This thing is probably worth what, $100 TOPS? Maybe I'll set a limit - I'll only let myself put another $50 into it.

I don't mind going after the pickup cavity with my router if I have to. How much longer than a humbucker is a P90 anyway, I wonder. Probably wouldn't take much to make it fit.

Maybe a P90 in the bridge and a telecaster neck pickup!
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:07 AM   #12
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Nice price!HNGD!!
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:38 AM   #13
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HNGD. I just ordered one of these myself. but mine was $152 shipped, appears to be in good condition GC rated it in Great condition. pretty excited. Just got it to tide me over until tax time. Wanted something to explore other genres of music outside of metal. but congrats bro.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:44 AM   #14
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You got a SWEET deal. A Korean-made Standard for $50?? That's a deal I'd take any day of the year. I've been playing one of my modded Squier Bullets all evening and having a blast.
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You got a SWEET deal. A Korean-made Standard for $50?? That's a deal I'd take any day of the year. I've been playing one of my modded Squier Bullets all evening and having a blast.


having a bullet for a bit discpuraged me with squier but i decided to give it another shot.
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having a bullet for a bit discpuraged me with squier but i decided to give it another shot.


I've got three Bullets. I give them good setups and mod some parts, and they get a lot of play. My Classic Vibe sits in the closet most of the time because I like my Bullets so much.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:03 AM   #17
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ohh okay yeah. i couldnt get it to stay in tune. just wasnt a fan. got rid of it. i needed another guitar. i plan opn throwing a dragonfire crusade pickguard in it. should be cool. long live squier!
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:27 AM   #18
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HNGD!

People underestimate Squier guitars, IMHO. They're usually pretty good, and their quality control is pretty consistent (with the exception of the Bullets, which are hit-and-miss).


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Thanks! I love finding usable gear for cheap. And I've never owned an actual strat (some will argue a squier isn't really a stratocaster but whatever), let alone a guitar with single coils or a maple fretboard, so this is pretty fun. I've been looking at GFS and it seems like another $50 would go a long way. Probably some new tuners first. I'm intrigued by the GFS pickups, they're so cheap but get pretty good reviews. I actually think the stock ones sound decent, but I don't think I have an ear for single coils yet like I do with humbuckers if that makes any sense

Coincidentally, I just bought a Kramer copy from the '90s for 40€, and it's my first guitar with a maple fretboard.

It needs some work and some new hardware (one tuner is broken and a knob is missing), and I'm considering GFS too.
New tuners, nut, bridge pickup, electronic, knobs, and maybe even a new bridge since they're so affordable.

If you decide on going with GFS, I'd love to hear your feedback on their hardware.
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I bought a pool routed squire strat body and Mim fender neck for £50 total. The parts without pickups have already cost me £80, pickups are another £60.

Great sounding guitar but like you i was hesitant as putting so much money into to.
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You got a SWEET deal. A Korean-made Standard for $50?? That's a deal I'd take any day of the year. I've been playing one of my modded Squier Bullets all evening and having a blast.


Thanks! Sounds like the consensus is there's some good potential here.

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I bought a pool routed squire strat body and Mim fender neck for £50 total. The parts without pickups have already cost me £80, pickups are another £60.

Great sounding guitar but like you i was hesitant as putting so much money into to.


What pickups are you using? I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who has tried the GFS single coils.
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