Purchased from: Traded for MIM P-bass
Sound — 9
This guitar is the only Ash body guitar I have, and it sounds really nice and snappy. The Neck HB is actually pretty nice, but the JB JR in the bridge is excellent. I can run it as a HB or coil tap it to get a more traditional Tele sound. I use this with a Line 6 SVHD100/Bugera 333 and a Krank Rev 4x12. I think it sounds like a bright LP with the pickup change.
Overall Impression — 9
Over all I am extremely pleased with this guitar. I play everything from Blues to metal with this and it copes just fine. It has a distinctive sound compared to my other guitars. If you look for one used, you'll be surprised at how much it will cost for a used Squier, they go for typically $400-$600 on eBay! After owning this for several yrs now I can see why Fender stopped this line. It is everything that a diecent USA Fender is, at a fraction of the price new.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This is a 1996 model, so that means that it is 16 yrs old. It still has all the original prts minus the Bridge pickup I swaped out. I would not hesitate to play it live, because I have been for the last 6 yrs I have owned it. The strap buttons were replaced with Schaller strap locks. The finish is still in very good condition for a 16 yr old guitar that has been giged quite often.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This guitar plays amazing. I really find it hard to believe that this is not a US made guitar. The body is a beautiful 2 piece Ash that you'd be hard to find on a sub $900 fender. I have let many people try this guitar and most like it better than their Fender Tele's.
Features — 8
Made in 1996 by the Samick factory in Korea. It is 25.5" scale with 21 med frets. Maple neck with a rosewood fret-board. Very thin neck for a Telecaster. The body is a beautiful 2 piece Ash in Vintage blond. Modern string through Tele bridge. Neck PAF style HB and a Tele single coil in the bridge (I modded mine with a Seymour Duncan JB JR bridge pickup). Even for a Squier The hardware and tuners are as good as most Fender models under $700.