California Series Strat review by Squier

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.6 (21 votes)
Squier: California Series Strat
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Price paid: $ 185

Purchased from: Furtado's

Sound — 6
I play all kinds of music except pop crap and top40 shit. The pickups leave a lot to be desired. Very bad. The Bridge is too twangy, the middle is too bassy and the neck is just muddy. I'm gonna replace the pickups with GFS hot alnico staggers. The pickups are the only weak point for an otherwise great instrument.

Overall Impression — 8
Change the pickups and its a great guitar. If it were stolen, I would actually buy a better guitar since I've gotten better at playing. But I know that it is good enough if I change out the pups.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I'm pretty sure it can withstand live playing iff, I repeat IF AND ONLY IF you change out the pickups. Then its a great guitar. The finish seems solid and I don't think it will wear out any soon(but i won't mind if it does either, strats look sexy when worn out!!). The strap buttons are friggin solid, no problems what so ever.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The set up was fantastic, the fret are amazing and every thing regarding Action, fit and finish is great. I think the action and fit credit goes to Furtado's. But the finish is nicely done too. The guitar is built well and it feels solid. I love its neck, very very nice.

Features — 8
This is a guitar that was made in china. I don't know the wood properly, its either alder or agathis. It has 21 frets. SSS pickup config. and some kind of Squier tuners which are not bad really. It has a tremolo which is surprisingly good. No accessories. All Standard Strat features really.

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    rv_phoenix
    How can anyone review a guitar without knowing which is the wood used to shape its body? How can anyone judge the hardware of a guitar without knowing which type are the tuning pegs? How can we be sure this guitar's pickups suck, when the reviewer shows such a huge lack of knowledge in guitar's basics? For instance, he assessed the setup was great, but then he showed his miscontent about the pickups, pointing to some flows who might be simple effects of bad pickup setting. Bridge pickup MUST be twangy: if it is too twangy, maybe it's too close to the strings. Adjusting its height by unscrewing the two control screws might fix the problem. The same solution might work for the other two pickups: maybe - in the typical Chinese style - they weren't adjusted properly. And, besides that, adding cheap chinese GFS pups to a cheap Chinese Strat copy won't improve much the sound of this axe. GFS products are reportedly B-stocks from Squier and Epiphone.
    abhichoco
    rv_phoenix wrote: How can anyone review a guitar without knowing which is the wood used to shape its body? How can anyone judge the hardware of a guitar without knowing which type are the tuning pegs? How can we be sure this guitar's pickups suck, when the reviewer shows such a huge lack of knowledge in guitar's basics? For instance, he assessed the setup was great, but then he showed his miscontent about the pickups, pointing to some flows who might be simple effects of bad pickup setting. Bridge pickup MUST be twangy: if it is too twangy, maybe it's too close to the strings. Adjusting its height by unscrewing the two control screws might fix the problem. The same solution might work for the other two pickups: maybe - in the typical Chinese style - they weren't adjusted properly. And, besides that, adding cheap chinese GFS pups to a cheap Chinese Strat copy won't improve much the sound of this axe. GFS products are reportedly B-stocks from Squier and Epiphone.
    Alright but when a pickup sounds muddy even with the slightest amount of distortion, you have to admit they are crappy. And i got the GFS pups in and they are actually pretty good, very nice tones and NEVER muddy.