Price paid: $ 110
Purchased from: Music store in mobile Al
Sound — 8
So I play mostly 80s metal, (judas priest, queensryche), but my band also dabbles in death metal, blues, prog rock, prog metal, etc. This guitar works for all those, it has good flexibility, as far as tone goes. I play it through a Peavey Vypyr 15, and I can get any tone I want out of it. I've drop tuned it with 11 gauge strings, down to drop b, and it worked ok, but I keep my tuning in standard or drop D. I Ike the neck, it's nice and smooth for bending and leads.
Overall Impression — 8
It is not a perfect match for my style, but it's very good. I plan to switch out the bridge single coil for an EMG HZ, since the body's for the HSS and SSS are the same. I've been playing for over 2 years, I also own a B.C. Rich Avenge, I usually play that, but it doesn't do blues well. If it were stolen or lost, I would not buy another, I would hunt mine down, because I put a custom pickguard on and red strings, I love the way it looks. I wish it had more frets, but most Fenders/Squires only have 21.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems perfectly fine, my sister threw a chair at me once and it hit my Strat and chipped it a tiny bit, but that's it. I've hit the headstock on almost everything in my practice room, my friends houses, and my drummers kit. No damage. Other than the chip, the only other thing is my the frets has very faint scratches on them up at the 12th and 21 frets from bending, but you really have to search for them. It will definitely withstand gigging, I'll probably gig with it now, cause I put a custom pickguard on it. I would take a backup with it though, cause you never know, plus my band switches turnings a lot. Strap buttons have never let me down, but I don't swing my guitar a lot, I do more with my body than my guitar when I'm playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The set up was ok, I played with it for about 3 weeks, just to get a feel for it, but the action needed to be lowered, and I dropped the middle pup all the way down, cause it got in the way of my picking. The finish was perfect, no flaws or anything. Pups were fine, like I said, I just dropped the middle one.
Features — 9
Squier Strat, Made in 2010, 21 frets, 2 tone dials, 1 volume knob, 5 way pickup selector switch. Mine was finished black with white pickguard. It came with a classic 2 point tremolo. Came with 3 Standard Squier single coil pickups. Tuners are die cast, I don't know what brand. Didn't come with any accessories.