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I don't have anything clever to say
May 22nd, 2011 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not all Squiers are made out of basswood.

The neck is the most important thing on any guitar (imo) and the early MIJ Squiers have fantastic necks.

So to answer your question, no.

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San Antonio, Texas

May 23rd, 2011 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some Squiers have deeper neck pockets than USA, Mexico, and MIJ strats. Deeper by about 1/4".

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Snohomish WA USA

Look at Them Beans!
Jun 6th, 2011 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

The new 50s style blonde VV Precision body is pine.



Jul 15th, 2011 05:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a Squier Standard Tele that was made in Korea. It has an alder body.

Some Squiers also use agathis. Agathis is known as the "poor man's mahogany".

(This message was last edited by Stratrocker at 08:37 PM, Aug 6th, 2011)


Harlem, NYC, USA

I suffer from GAS
Jul 20th, 2011 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

there are quite a few high-end signature models of guitars made with basswood bodies.

for example, from Ibanez, the $3000 Steve Vai Signature Model and the $2000 Joe Satriani Sig.

(This message was last edited by peskypesky at 12:04 PM, Jul 20th, 2011)

Purple Valley
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Jul 21st, 2011 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

The answer, I think, is basically yes. The only real diff is, probably the Squier bodies will vary more in quality. But I 'd say your chances of getting a good one of either are pretty good. Basswood is a real wood, not a catch-all phrase like "African mahogany." Good basswood is fairly abundant and relatively inexpensive. A good choice for a Strat. I believe Jeff Beck played a basswood Strat for a while. It's supposed to have a tone that's similar to alder, but warmer, with extra midrange. A little like mahogany IOW. One reason it's not used more often is, it's a softer wood, and supposedly more easy to ding up.

3 chord


I don't have anything clever to say
Jul 22nd, 2011 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Squires can also be made from poplar. And very few from ash.


Yorkshire, England

Aug 31st, 2011 02:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Let's not forget the composite wood bodies from the 90's AKA 'plywood'. These are made from layers of hardwood laminated together.

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Sigonella, Sicily

"I read the news today, oh boy...."
Sep 16th, 2011 04:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a custom G&L Legacy that was made of basswood.


Pennsylvania, USA

Oct 22nd, 2011 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

As long as its not plywood i`m good to go.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Oct 22nd, 2011 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pay attention to body thickness too. Some Squiers are thin. The MIJ Strats are all standard thickness, same as the US models. Not slamming on thinner bodies though...they can sound spectacular. I mention this because it matters when it's time to add your vibrato bridge. A standard-dimension vibrato block is too long for the thinner bodies and will stick out the rear, preventing you from attaching a rear cover plate.


Pennsylvania, USA

Oct 22nd, 2011 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I believe only the Affinity series have the thinner bodies! I could be wrong though.


Florida, USA

Oct 23rd, 2011 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Standard Tele just to be sure I got a full-sized version to see if a Tele would "Fit" before buying a ...uh...Serious Tele....you know....a uh, Fender, fer instance.

However;......I LUV my Standard Tele! I mostly play toward the jazz side of things, so a warmer tone like that produced by the Agathis that it's made of suits me just fine! Even the pups sound much better than I would have expected.

Ok; I carved a belly cut into it for an even better fit and it's so comfy that I don't really want to part with it! The neck is nice; but I'd really like something a little bit wider, so I 'spect I'll slip an American Special slightly wider neck on it along with a set of TV Jones pups and TVJ wiring harness along with a TVJ humbucker three saddle bridge. In the future I may likely notch the bridge and slap on a Bigsby B5, or perhaps a cut-down B16 to regain the Gretsch-like Harp Effect. But the point I guess is, I enjoy the well finished Squier Agathis body so much that I'm perfectly happy using it as a base for my "More Serious" Tele!

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Oct 24th, 2011 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Agathis is very soft wood. I noted on the Squier Affinity I had the outer 1/8" under the finish was hard then extremely soft under that. There was no laminate material on the top so I suspect they put a hardener on the body before refinishing. Screws will tend to pull out as they strip the soft wood underneath.


Florida, USA

Oct 24th, 2011 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

The finish on the Agathis of my Std. Tele is incredibly hard! Getting through it is quite a chore indeed. The wood underneath is a dream to work with though!

Tony F

Long Island

When you come to fork in road take it
Feb 20th, 2012 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

The CV Strats are alder bodies.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 08:46 PM, Feb 20th, 2012)

Johnny Canso

Halifax, Canada

Use it or lose it....
Dec 26th, 2014 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked up 2 Squires in a pkg deal. The 2006 has a thinner body, skinny neck & weights in at 8.5Ibs, while the 2008 has a full thickness body, nice chunky neck & weighs in at 6.5Ibs....really nice Squier! I wonder why such a difference in weight between the two & what wood each are made of??

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Feb 4th, 2015 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile  


(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:11 PM, Feb 6th, 2015)

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BC interior

Feb 17th, 2015 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had two Squier Standard teles. One of the two weighed a ton while the other is very light. I gave the heavy one to my son.

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Feb 24th, 2015 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Basswood has good tonal charactoristics and sustain on my VM Special Jaquar Bass in Crimson Red Transparant.

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