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thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 12th, 2007 09:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought a Trans Blue (looks green) Pro Tone Stratocaster on ebay today and while I am waiting for FedEx to deliver I was wondering how many forum dwellers out there have Pro Tones and wanted to get owner impressions.
Let me know what you have and how you like it.
Can't wait until it gets here but I guess I can kill time reading about other owners Pro Tone guitars.

Acidhouse
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Guitarland

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Mar 12th, 2007 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an oly white that I have modded a little. It is one of fourteen guitars including a 2005 AV62 and it is my favorite guitar. That's before and after the mods.

thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 12th, 2007 11:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Acid,
How does your Pro Tone compare to your other Fender Strats??? If you have others.
- Fit
- Finish
- Tone
- Playability
- etc...


JimmySee
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Santa Monica, CA

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Mar 13th, 2007 12:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I previously had a Pro Tone bordello-caster; and a Pro Tone fat tele.

Sold both -- they are good guitars but my experience is the current MII Standard series Squier guitars are better... at least on the tele side

Jimmy

thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 13th, 2007 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jimmy,
Are you talking tone or build quality betweeen the Pro Tone and the MII?

Acidhouse
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Guitarland

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Mar 13th, 2007 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finish, I can't really compare. My MIA is a thin skin nitro and the Pro Tone appears to be a poly though it is aging nicely to a vintage cream. The Pro Tone was a used purchase so it had a few nicks and dings. Nice amounts of rust on the hardware.
Even before a pickup swap, the tone between the two was close. The MIA won out because it had the SCN's coming through alder but the Pro Tone had solid Ash and some good quality pickups in it as well. Since then, I swapped the Pro Tone pickups with some GFS '64 Staggers and I would call both tonally different from each other but a tie in terms of quality. The SCN's have a little more depth but the '64s through the Ash are more warm.
Playability I would give to the Pro Tone. They are almost identical in terms of specs but the Pro Tone tends to be the one I grab. It just feels more comfortable.
The electronics in the Pro Tone are very nice as well. I just did a comparison between the Pro Tone and an SX strat that I was swapping pickups in as well. They may have both looked nice on the outside but getting to the electronics, the Pro Tone looked nice under the hood whereas the SX was like looking at an '85 Hyundai.
If you note in my first post, I call the Pro Tone my favorite guitar. I don't actually say that it is better than the AV62. I think they are very similar but the AV62 definitely puts in a heck of a lot of details and bells and whistles. The Pro Tone was probably the closest that Squier came to competing with Fender in terms of a straight Strat. I have an SQ series Bullet as well it does not hold up well against either the Pro Tone or the AV62. The reason the Pro Tone wins out for me is that between the AV62 and the Pro Tone, when I pick them up and play them, the Pro Tone actually feels more like what a Strat should feel like. I simply changed the pickups to make sure it was on equal footing for what a Strat should sound like.
Pic below is the Pro Tone with a new pickguard but before the pickup swap. The '64's have cream colored covers.

Pro Tone

(This message was last edited by Acidhouse at 08:33 AM, Mar 13th, 2007)

JimmySee
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Mar 13th, 2007 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The MII Squiers are using alnico magnets in the pick-ups. I have to give the edge to the current models.

And I prefer the finish, particularly the neck finish, on the current Squiers.

The Protone necks I played feel too heavily lacquered for my taste -- like the current Made in India vintage modified series teles and strats.

Jimmy

(This message was last edited by JimmySee at 12:52 PM, Mar 13th, 2007)

Acidhouse
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Guitarland

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Mar 13th, 2007 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's strange mine has almost a no laquer finish. More in tune to a satin finish where my AV is heavily laquered.

frank62

central illinois

Mar 13th, 2007 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they are the most undervalued guitar in the entire Fender/Squier line. Google Protone for the full story on these fantastic strats.

thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 13th, 2007 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

frank,
Is there a particular link that you would recommend for the history of the Pro Tone?

JimmySee
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Mar 13th, 2007 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've heard this for years -- but I do not really agree -- they are good guitars but no match for present day production made in Indonesia models.

Jimmy

Acidhouse
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Guitarland

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Mar 14th, 2007 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The link that everyone refers to is down below. As for how good a Pro Tone is, you decide for yourself when you get yours. There are guys like me that swear by them, there are plenty of others who thought they were overrated. Maybe some of the guitars were good and some weren't as good. I actually read a post from another forum when I was doing research on the Pro Tone, where a guy said that only the Blonde Pro Tones were really good, that they were built better and had a Hendrix Vibe. He wasn't posting that as a joke this is what he believed. Mine's Oly White so I obviously don't agree with that statement but then again I have never seen a blonde Pro Tone in person.
Maybe certain guitars speak to certain people and others don't. The link will help on the information side. It even has an article from a Guitar magazine about the Pro Tone. One possible correction though. The magazine states that the pickups are Fender Alnicos. I am not sure that the pickups are Fenders. They are alnico and they are good but I don't think they are Fenders.

Squier JV & Pro TonePages

thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 14th, 2007 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Pro Tone arrived and I can tell you that its as great as advertised. Tone, Playability, Fit and Finish rival all of my MIA and MIJ guitars.
If you have one... keep it!
If you don't have one... find one and buy it!

violettj

Raleigh, NC USA

Mar 14th, 2007 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is nice and trans red. the gold finish is not too good though. Seems to tarnish easy.

My other guitar is a Lead II and has a fatter neck. But it is narrower at the nut than the protone. but I'm getting more comfortable with the protone neck. I wish it had medium jumbo frets. My pinky fingernail seems to dig into the rosewood fingerboard too. don't care much for that.

As for tone. Nice. It's my first strat so i really can't compare to anything else. I did play a JV strat with jumbo frets before i found the protone. Now that was sweet. I also played a MIM strat and liked that a lot too. but the pawn broker took my offer of $150 for the protone with case. The JV was going for $299 and the MIM $250. All are used by the way.

John


thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 14th, 2007 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

violettej,
The $150.. for the Pro Tone is a STEAL! The JV for $299.00 is also a steal. If the JV is still there let me know. My e-mail is:

aquasol@bellsouth.net.

Thanks

Mental Hop

Philadelphia

White Roses For Warfare
Mar 15th, 2007 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my vintage cream Pro Tone for $187 at my local guitar shop. I had to replace the tuners because the gears were loose. So I put mini grovers on it. I put the GFS Jimi Hendrix strat pups in it and lowered the action. I currently own three Squier Strats. Standard Antique Burst, Vintage Modified Cherryburst and the Pro-Tone and it is one of the best guitars I've owned. I'm a huge fan Strats and my fourth should be in my hands tomorrow. It's a 96' Korean made black finish, rosewood fretboard. I don't know much about it but it's pretty nice. I forget the price because I've been paying gradually on it, but it was a little under $200. Either way, the Pro-Tone is better than the Standard, even if the Standard is my main.

Also, I'm looking to put the GFS chrome lipstick pups with a pearloid pickguard in the black strat and was wondering if anyone knows when the pups will be in stock?

Obiwan

USA - Portland, OR

Mar 15th, 2007 09:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am the proud owner of JimmySee's aforementioned bordellocaster and I happen to love it. but I have a love affair something fierce for bound f-hole Tele's.

As I've found over the years different players gravitate to different guitars and especially different necks. Playing a tele or strat and then playing a Rickenbacker is a proufoundly different feel. Better or worse? Some of it is craftsmanship but a lot of it is feel and comfort.

I recently had a crimson pro tone strat and it was a great guitar but it was not the guitar for me, so I sold it. The new owner loves it. Good deal.

thevision

USA

Scuba Steve
Mar 25th, 2007 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Loved my trans blue Squier Pro Tone sooo much that I bought a two tone sunburst the other day. The Pro Tone stacks up very well to my USA Strats. A little heavy though. Kinda like a Les Paul.
I am also a little surprised how few Pro Tone users responded. They are definitely worth the same accolades payed to the Japanese made Strats.

ProToneThinline
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USA

Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 26th, 2007 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll check in. As you might guess, my Pro Tone is the Bordello-caster, and I love it. Sorry, but I can't agree with JimmySee - I don't care for the MII Teles I've played.

The Pro Tone is very much a professional quality axe. The pups are alnico, and very sweet sounding. My only issue is with the taper of the stock volume pot, that's an easy fix. Like Acidhouse, my neck has almost no finish on it.

I've played a number of other Tele's, and with the exception of the '52 Reissue, none felt any better than mine.

pro_tone

U.S.A.

Mar 27th, 2007 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just checking in. Got a trans red Strat Pro Tone late last year. Real nice guitar-it's a keeper. A little on the heavy side, as has been mentioned. The tuners are very good, but very sensitive. The back of the neck I'm not that crazy about; I haven't played it that much, so maybe I just have to get used to it. I'm not so sure about the pearloid pickguard - I guess it's an Asian thing?. The black Strats look hideous with that pickguard. I have yet to see any standard Teles on eBay. Wouldn't mind checking one out.

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