Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Just Pickin' Guitar Store
Sound — 10
This guitar is perfect for anything from death metal to blues to indie-rock. The dual humbuckers give it a mean meaty sound even without effects. Awesome guitar for the beginner. I would recommend it to anyone.
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of grunge and punk-rock like Nirvana, Pixies, Green Day, Sex Pistols, Violent Femmes, etc. and I don't believe I could have a better guitar, cept maybe a Fender USA. I love the double humbuckers. I would reccomend this guitar to any beginner or seasoned musician. Much more affordable then other strats, basically the same quality. If this guitar were lost of stolen, I would probably save up and buy a Fender.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Awesome sturdy guitar. Hard to chip. Nice reliable sound. I would definitly trust this guitar on stage (though I would need a backup in case of a broken string). Strap buttons are nicely secured. The bottom line is, If you take well enough care of guitar it will last for years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was almost completly flawless when I got it. The action was nice and low for easy hammer-ons. Pickups perfectly set. Tremolo was perfectly set. Tuners perfectly set. Only flaws were a small blemish on the back of the body and the strings werent perfectly in tune.
Features — 10
The Standard Series Squier Fat Strat's (quite a mouthful) best features are its two humbucker pickups full give it a full, meaty kinda sound you just cant get from single coil pickups (that is without effects). A nice 3-way pickup selector makes it a good choice for lead or rhythm guitarists. It features a volume nob and 2 tone nobs (one for bridge, one for neck). It has a good sturdy dual pivot tremolo, Die-Cast tuners, and a good thick 3-ply pickguard. The body is made of agathis and the neck maple with a rosewood fretboard. Mine has a sweet looking, really hard to chip, black metallic polyurethane finish but the white outlined black pickguard is what really gives it a unique look. 22 medium jumbo frets make it very player friendly.