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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Return of the '51

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Somerset, UK

Slavering over a hot stave.
Sep 21st, 2013 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's back, but this time in the Vintage Modified range, in CAR, sunburst, and blonde; no butterscotch though; Fender, how could you?

I sold my old '51 as I couldn't get on with the quality, but this is very tempting.

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(This message was last edited by vomer at 06:09 PM, Sep 26th, 2013)

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Hoarder of instruments
Sep 21st, 2013 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Should be a bit better quality.

I'm still kicking myself for letting one of the originals pass me by at $80.



Nov 12th, 2013 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm with you Vomer. I thought it was a neat concept but that the quality wasn't really all that great. Mine was a BSB that spent more time in a case and only came out a couple of times a year. Finally sold it and moved on.

I think a VM would be intriguing but I don't see myself going that route again. When the '51s were originally out, there really wasn't much in the way of Squier selection. Now there are so many ones I want that a '51 would be too far down the list.


Miami, Florida

Dec 22nd, 2013 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I sold both 51s I had. I always liked them, but didn't think they competed with my Strats and Teles. Now I've bought one of the blond 51s from the new line. I had a gift certificate to use up and figured it was the best way to use it up.

With the holidays in the way, I doubt I'll see it until after New Years. One way or the other, I'll be happy to have one back in the house.

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Miami, Florida

Dec 23rd, 2013 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tracking says it will arrive this Friday. It's going to be a good weekend.

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I walk

between the raindrops
Dec 24th, 2013 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! Let us know how she plays.

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Miami, Florida

Dec 25th, 2013 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I guess extra deliveries for the holidays have sped up the process. Now the tracking says it will arrive Thursday. I'm getting excited about this.

Honestly, I hardly play electric guitar anymore. I have some nice electrics, (Taylor T5), some decent electrics, (MIM Fat Strat and Epi Wildkat), and some cheap electrics, (SX and Monoprice Strats & Teles). They are all more likely going to be sold off, keeping only the 51 and an inexpensive Noah James 335 thing that is just incredible.

For the little bit of recording I do or the once a year time I might play electric with friends instead of just by myself at home, those 2 should be enough.

And best wishes for a very merry Christmas to all...

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Miami, Florida

Dec 27th, 2013 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

It arrived this morning. Sweetwater packs things so incredibly tight I was totally frustrated trying to get it out of the box! ;-)

First impressions...

It looks good, but the so called blond, which I guess I expected to be sort of transparent or translucent is just white paint. Under the circumstances, I sort of wish I'd gotten sunburst, but no real big deal. The color reminds me of an aged Oly White like an old JV Strat I once had.

All the screws were tight. Usually I find the neck or the bridge needs tightening.

Setup is reasonable. I can make it better, but it's playable straight out of the box. The neck set looks good. I think 99% of whatever I do will be a matter of working with the bridge. Maybe I'll change the saddles in the process. I have some Graphtech saddles and some MIA bent steel saddles. I don't know which might sound best to me, but it only costs set of strings to mess with it and find out.

Tome... Both pickups were set so close to the strings that everything sounded muddy. The humbucker was about 3 times as loud as the neck pickup. I lowered the humbucker about even with the escutcheon with the treble side slightly higher. The neck I only slightly lowered, but again with the treble slightly higher. Everything is now in balance now. I get 4 very different tones and I like all of them. I might consider drilling the control plate and putting in a 3 way mini toggle switch, then convert the current switch to a tone control.

The neck profile seems a bit smaller than I remember it. I have huge hands and stuff like that stands out. Maybe I'll stick a Mighty Mite neck on it one of these days, something with a V profile and wider nut width.

Fretwork seems good, very good in fact when you consider the price of the guitar. There's no fret sprout I can feel and playing up the neck doesn't immediately reveal any high spots. I'll polish the frets with jeweler's rouge anyway just because it's my habit, but string bending isn't hard. I know it can be easier, but if I had to work with this guitar right now, I'd be OK. The fact the frets are so good tends to make me consider whether the neck change sho