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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Strat vs Strat

teemon

Florida

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Oct 24th, 2016 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting....Squier vs Fender

https://youtu.be/WM_YRZWb3MM

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Oct 28th, 2016 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently purchased a new Squier 30" scale bass. Every string buzzed on every fret, all the way up and down the neck. That indicates a defective neck, and a setup will not help. If you try to polish a turd you'll still have a turd. I sent it back of course.

I will never buy another Squier.

Te 52

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Oct 28th, 2016 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Every string buzzed on every fret, all the way up and down the neck. That indicates a defective neck, and a setup will not help..."

I can't speak about that individual instrument, but your general statement is not true. On the contrary, one of the best tests for a perfect setup is that when you lower the action at the bridge just a shade too much, the strings will buzz on every fret.

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Oct 28th, 2016 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nearly impossible to tell which sounds better. Too much "noise" to pass through (recording > internet > my computer > headphones or speakers). Pretty cool video nevertheless.

FWIW: I had a Squier Classic Vibe Tele that that had a great setup with great sounding pups.

Te 52 +1

reverendrob
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Oct 31st, 2016 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had clunker Squiers in my hands.

The number of them in recent years that are terrible has declined steadily - for quite a while, I just walked right by them if they said "made in Korea" in the 90s, but since the MIM series and beyond, they're generally quite decent.

I have six of 'em now, and while there's nothing else in the line of interest (nor will their likely be now that I've had a VI for ages)...I'd buy them first out of the choices of cheapies.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Nov 1st, 2016 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I recently purchased a new Squier 30" scale bass. Every string buzzed on every fret, all the way up and down the neck. That indicates a defective neck, and a setup will not help. If you try to polish a turd you'll still have a turd. I sent it back of course.

I will never buy another Squier."

I test drove a new Mazda, it wouldn't stay running, turned out it had a bad battery (standard battery, not a hybrid). I will never buy a Mazda vehicle.

Now with the sarcasm out of the way...
"...a setup will not help...."
Did you attempt a basic setup?


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Nov 1st, 2016 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently bought a Squier Affinity Strat at a yard sale for $40. Not a mark on it. Under bed classic. It came in a gig bag and with a strap and with original strings, oh boy. $200 street price. MII. 20 cents on the dollar, not bad.

Of course the guitar required set up. It had never been touched obviously. It was high at the nut, had a couple/three high frets, the intonation was off and the truss rod was loose. I touched up the fret ends while I was at it and corrected PU height. Fresh string. I spent about 45 minutes on it.

This is a nice playing and decent sounding instrument. Even the cheap ceramic PUs sound good lowered to where the output is correct and balanced between them. No it's not anything close to my Am Dlx Fenders but I'd use this guitar for a gig any day.

Yes, I put some lipstick on this pig. Then I gave it to my girlfriend.

About three weeks ago I set up a Squire Jag bass for my one-handed (left only) bass player friend. Again, just some normal set up stuff then a few of my tricks to make it easier to play and not over ring with a tapping technique and no muting hand. Sweet little bass. The pickups were excellent!

I dunno, these things have good value and bang for the buck IMO.

I've actually had some brand new US Fenders & Gibsons come through that needed more work than these two. Just sayin'.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 01:31 PM, Nov 3rd, 2016)

reverendrob
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Nov 3rd, 2016 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, irony is the most time I've had to spend on setup to fix a problem (versus adjust for preference) was on my 2014 Gibson 339.

It's a stupid good guitar but needed 45m or so of bench time because a saddle was cut wrong and needed major bridge adjustments and truss rod tweaks.

Fret job was flawless though after, the Plek did its job at the factory it seems!

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