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Wow, we are living in an age of great inexpensive guitars , amps, accessories and gear !!!! Today for under $500.00, you can buy or assemble a guitar that 30 years ago would have cost $ 2000.00

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This is my 2005, Silver Burst Squier Standard Strat that weighs 8.6 lbs.  The guitar came stock with the pearloid pickguard, back plate, and neck inlays.  A open box buy for $127.00 and total build cost of $255.00 which includes the price of the guitar.  I bought a Fender noiseless PU kit that came with 1 meg pots and capacitors and resisters (Jeff Beck set).  The wiring was done according to the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster 0101000/1002 diagram and a Fender 5-way American switch was used.  It’s a Agathis body with bolt on maple neck.   

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Fellow Squier aficionados I’m passing on an opinion of mine today and it’s about buying our favorite thing, Squier musical instruments.  That and saving money.  Since I do not have a brick and mortar within 70 miles of me most of my gear is bought on-line.  I’m not associated with any company so I’m not going to name any.  However, in saying that, all the gear I purchase new on-line is shipped to me for free and has been for 20 years.  I buy a lot of second-hand gear too and when I do, I really prefer to make those buys in person.  When I can’t do that then I ask questions about what concerns me when buying used gear including asking for additional pictures.  I then set a price for myself and I don’t go over it.  I mention this because on the used and auction sites I look at people are paying to much for some gear in my opinion.  This morning I’ve noticed on one of the auction sites I watch a Squier Bullet Strat at $71 and shipping is $22 in a common color.  The auction is two days from ending.  This is not a deal and sometimes I get concerned about bidders who are there just to raise the price in hopes to get someone to pay a higher price.   An on-line guitar store I checked has a couple at just over $100 with free shipping and a return policy.  So, while looking for Squier gear be sure to browse online musical gear stores especially open-box and scratch and dent areas.  Good Hunting and Playing. 

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Found a used Squier Standard recently.  Pictured in the lower right corner is a 2002, 20th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster.  I haven't played a Squier with stock pickups and pots in a long time and I have to say I really like the sound from it.  The only change I'm considering is adding a on/off switch for the neck pickup.  

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Started work on my used 20th Anniversary Standard last night.  Started by removed the dead skin and suspected fecal matter off the pickguard, pickup covers, and pot knobs.  Took the neck off and it's the first guitar I used a toothbrush and lemoil on from one end of the fretboard to the other.  For crying out loud, wash your  hands people.  From the amount of dirt and dust I pulled from the truss rod adjustment hole I don't think a wrench had ever been in it.  I could see before I removed the neck from the body that I was going to give it at least a quarter turn to straighten it.    From there I went under the hood and shielded the body and pickguard.  Then I added a on/off switch for the neck pickup giving me 7 choices.  I added some zip ties to the wires, put it back together and then plugged it into an amp and tapped on the pickups to make sure all the switching worked.  

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All back together and set up and sounds really good.  Not because it's shielded, it just has a nice sound.  I haven't played a strat with the neck pickup can be turned on with the bridge in along time and I have to say I really like that sound.  The radius the bridge was set to had to be 7.5 or less.  I've never played one set like that and It's terrible and caused a fret-out problem.  I was concerned more when I removed the neck and found a sandpaper shim.  Not to mention there was a loose block of wood in the trem cavity in the back of the guitar to block the trem in place and it only two trem springs.  

So, I went back to what I know.  Added a trem spring and tossed the block.  Straightened the neck, tossed the shim, and attached the neck.  I set the big and little string height as low as I can without buzz.  Then I measure and look at the height of those two strings to see if it unusually high.  It was good  so I take a radius  gauge and set the other strings to spec at 9.5 equal to the neck then play on all string at all fret positions to see if there is any buzz or fretting out.  It turned out good.  I'll keep playing it a couple days in a row to see it it's stable and if so it's good to go.  

 

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I'm bummed today after reading the spec for a lot of Squier models on the Fender website.  I've never played a strat or tele made from basswood.  I have basswood guitars but they're metal with names like Ibanz and Schecter.  Does a basswood strat have quack?  Does a basswood tele have twang?  I don't know because I don't want either made from basswood.  I even have guitar with a body made from poplar.  The VW guitar First Act made as a give away with Volkswagon cars some years back.  I like, for the $70 I paid for it with it's custom strap and made to fit that guitar gig back all with VW monograms.  It's unique and I wouldn't have paid $449 for it.   

  My favorites are Affinity Strats  made of Alder and Standard Strat made of Agathis.  Each with the Rosewood fretboards.  I like the Strats from 2002 (20th Anniversary models) to 2008, and Stagemasters and Double Fat Telecaster Deluxes from 2001.  I like the 2002 through 2008 models because I can get them for $25 to $75 in great shape.  The Stagemasters and Double Fat Telecaster Deluxes from 2001 are a different story.  Nice ones do surface for good prices but more than not for a good example you will have to step up and pay.  

The Jim Root Tele is mahogany, the John 5 Tele is Alder, and the J Mascis Jazzmaster is basswood.  Each is $499 at the top of the Squier tower.  Everything below is made from: Basswood, laminated maple, poplar, soft maple, pine, or nato.    

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I was looking at some American Strats the other day and found this one and liked it.  

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I went on line and ordered a new pickguard and back plate from Musiclily through Amazon to return my 20th Anniversary Squier Affinity Strat back to stock appearance.  

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