SE Special Stratocaster review by Squier

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (47 votes)
Squier: SE Special Stratocaster
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Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Guitar center

Sound — 7
This guitar is good for most of the styles I play like ACDC and some Metallica. I am using the Sp-10 amp that came with the guitar. I am getting a Peavey Vypyr so my guitar actually sounds good. It is noisy when you put the overdrive to 10. It starts to make a high pitched noise. It has a very rich and brught sound.

Overall Impression — 8
I play metal to classic rock. It is a good match. I've been playing for 2 years, just acoustic, and this is my first electric. I don't really own anything else but an acoustic. If it was stolen, I'd probably get a better guitar. I love most things of the starter guitar pack except for the amp. The problem with the amp is that it only has a 6 inch speaker.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It probably will not stand Live playing. It will laast a long time but the strap buttons are not really durable. They break easily.I can depend on it with a better amp. I would probably use it at a gig as a back up. The finish is very thick so it will probably be good enough to last.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up really well. Fretboard is good and the pickups were set up perfectly. The pick ups just give a lot of feedback. The problem with this guitar is the strap holders break too easily. it does not have that many flaws it just pretty much the amp.

Features — 10
The pack came with a guitar, amp, strap, gig bag, and 3 Fender picks. My guitar was made in China. It has an agathis body and a rosewood fretboard.It had a regular black Strat finsh but the pick guard is sparkly and it is also a single ply fret board. It 3 knobs which are volkume and 2 tones. It has a 5 way selector and came with a whammy. The 3 pick ups are all single-coil. The amp which is the Squier Sp-10, isn't good. It only has 3 controls and overdrive sounds really crunchy? (I can't find a way to put it.) It is good on clean but overdrive is horrible. The gig bag is okay, it doesn't give any protection. The strap kept on falling off.

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    rancidryan
    pooflinger069 wrote: yeah strats are not good for metal period...have you ever heard one on a metal muff pedal...it's horrible...I tried my warlock on that pedal though and it was awesome
    heard of iron maiden? i doubt it
    stanman64
    i have this guitar and it blows. end of story. period. exclamation point. done.
    Strudel
    well i got this guitar brand new for 150 with a stand, amp, 4 medium picks (which i use anyway), jack lead, tuner, gig bag, strap, and also a DVD with it! it is all good quilty and i think i got a bargin it sounds good with or without amp, my mate was surpised how good it was for the quitly soo this is a great guitar i would give it a overall rating at about 8.5ish (i kno thier other great guitars out thier but im still in school soo im not got the money for a big ass gibson or a the fender strat =/
    Local666Union
    rancidryan wrote: pooflinger069 wrote: yeah strats are not good for metal period...have you ever heard one on a metal muff pedal...it's horrible...I tried my warlock on that pedal though and it was awesome heard of iron maiden? i doubt it
    Let me know when your awesome br00tal Strat gets a REAL heavy sound. Nevermore for example.