'51 review by Squier

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 3
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 6.6 Neat
  • Users' score: 9.2 (225 votes)
Squier: '51

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 9
When I had this guitar I was running it through a Marshall MG 10 which isn't that great. At the moment I don't have any pedals or effects to run it through. Sound was prety good, it was a rich, full sound. With the coil tap on you can get plenty of highs. This guitar also had a nice way of feeding back, no sqawking or high-pitched screaming.

Overall Impression — 7
Interesting looks. 50's P-bass controls and pickguard on a Strat body with a Telecaster neck. I play a lot of classic/hard rock and some alternative. This guitars sound is pretty good, if it had been playble. I also have a Jay Turser SG which is preety good, a Marshall MG 10 which I'm getting sick of, and since you asked, A Bach trumpet. If it had been stolen, well, I'd have to question the mental stability of the thief.

Reliability & Durability — 6
You could easily gig with this guitar and, just in case, fight your way out with it. The body is very durable but a few whacks on a cement pavement or whatever would definatle crack it. Strap buttons very reliable, bridge is a piece of shit though. Strings seem to ever break on this guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 3
When I first got it it was okay (low action, neck straight, etc.) A few monthes later the neck got so convexed for no reason (no temp change, never taken out of house). No matter how much I toyed with the truss rod it would stay that way. In addition to that it also made the action very high and it buzzed a lot from the saddles? The finish holds up very well though.

Features — 8
Made 2005, on the back of the headstock it proudly declares "Made In Indonesia". 21-22 frets, made of a very solid slab of basswood (the kind they sell in arts and crafts stores btw). Had a nice 2-tone sunburst. The interesting features are the coil-tap and tele neck on a Strat body. The bridge on mine was never any good due to constant buzzing. This guitar substitutes a tone control for a 3-way rotary knob that is also pulled to engage the coil tap. Oh, and it has decent humbucker in the bridge and sing coil in the neck.

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    hm.. i need a cheap guitar with a nice tone on clean, after rocking for half a year i realised there's more then SCREAMING DISTORTION u guys thinkthis whould be a good 1? ill test 1 in store soon.
    hm.. me again. It has a button u turn to switch pickup thingys? and u pull that button to make the humbucker a single coil? wicked. i think i want 1, as i sayd, i want a guitar with good clean tone.
    for the price, it sounds very good on clean, didnt test with distortion. Also the capped humbucker that works as a single coil gives a nice sound, can't believe it only costs 180 euro's over here
    You don't pull out the rotary pickup selector switch to split the hum bucker, you pull the volume nob. I played one in a store today and I was mad I don't live in the states where they're 99 dollars.
    is there a best set of strings for this or will any do? i was thinking of getting some .08 gauge ernie ball slinky
    I tried one of these without amplification in my local store and I like it. It looks great and with a few adjustments it can be good enough. But I'm used to a fat Les Paul neck so the neck is a little thin for me.
    anyone in florida, they got em at guitar center for $65. hate squier, but even i couldn't turn that down