Price paid: $ 85
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 8
The guitar I have was made in China and I don't care what anyone says the particular guitar that I have is worthy of the Fender name. I have been playing for years but am on a tight budget and took a chance on this guitar and am glad I did. It sounds good and has no noise with a good cable, and even though I'll probobly Switch pickups eventually I'm in no rush, the sound is fine. It stays in tune well also. The only problem one may have is if they play metal or use a lot of distortion. I haven't looked to see if you can fit a humbucker in this guitar but if you can you would probobly need to if you use a lot of distortion, needless to say, but the action is good with power cords.
Overall Impression — 10
I am well pleased with this guitar and am not a beguinner. You can spend much more on a lesser guitar. I'm sure I'll get a better one eventually but their is simply nothing wrong with this one. I had been worried over some of the reviews (while waiting on it to arrive)that I had read and all Squires may not be this quality and it is always best to try one before you buy it, but over all this particular guitar is worthy of the Fender name. Their is nothing about it that can't be fixed or upgraded. I would probobobly get better pickups and I have READ that some of the nobs and ect aren't relaiable in the long term but all that can be replaced if there is ever any problem. A+! One thing I didn't do was to compare Squire reviews with where they are made, at least this one, being made in China is quality.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I wouldn't think anything against using this guitar live, it's not a ventage Less Pal but it didn't cost a $grand$ either and there is simply nothing wrong with this guitar. I would be pleased with it if I had payed over a couple hundred for it, and I've been playing for years but always on a tight budget.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is great, easy and smooth. I had a Korean Strat before this that played well but was wore out. I actually tryed a couple of Squires in a store and one had good action and the other didn't at all but as far as my particular guitar, it's all I could hope for in terms of action. It has Jumbo frets that play smooth and there is no problems with the neck at all, and I'm well pleased with the action. It didn't have a wammy bar but without a Floyd Rose locking system any wammy is going to knock the strings out anyway.
Features — 8
I'm not sure about the year but the one I have was made in China. 21 jumbo frets-(great action). All maple. Another good thing about this guitar is that it is loud compared to some electrics while unplugged. I have paid a couple hundred or more for lesser guitars.