#2
you can find a used mexican strat for lower than that and its a lot better
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#4
yeah... try to find a used MIM strat
they say squier vintage modifieds are alright and that some can even match a MIM
but overall, Fender MIMs are just better instruments
#5
Here is a good "scratch and dent" for about that price...a better guitar in my opinion.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=516039X
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#6
If you want to buy new instead of used just go for what you picked out. If it's a starting guitar for you it you probably won't ever notice the small differences between the two.

And besides, its new
#7
you can alot of decent guitars for under 300 bucks
my friend got a cheap ltd for like 240 and its not that bad
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#8
a yamaha pacifica would be a good starting guitar.
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#9
The squier vintage mod series are great guitars TS try them out for yourself, ive played a few of them and very much enjoyed them, great for the price.

Also these get rave reviews if you're into teles, hardware tends to be a bit dodgey but the rest of the specs are superb.

http://www.music123.com/Squier-by-Fender-Classic-Vibe-Telecaster-50-s-Electric-Guitar-519376-i1400994.Music123

Unless you really want the fender name on the headstock, squier do have some great guitars, some of which (for example the above) with a few upgrades here and there would easily wipe the floor with a MIM fender for cheaper.

Look into the fender lite ash guitars if your after a good fender for used instead of the MIMs, much better value for money, ash bodies, good pickups, vintage style harware.
#10
Well, I would get it, for a first guitar it's great. And they're pretty easily modable, and they get good reviews.

So you can get a reliable new guitar or a not-so-reliable used one. Which can be risky.
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