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Alberta Canada

Vox AD50VT and Hellhound for me
May 2nd, 2005 02:28 PM        

The official Squier '51 Thread! For those who want a great guitar for a low cost - look no further. I am very excited about mine - it sounds great and the neck feels terrific. Mine had some sharp fret edges, but some fine sandpaper took care of that, no big deal. This is right now my number one guitar. One piece of advice - be careful, it may alienate you from friends and family ...


Minneapolis, MN.

And a little Tele will lead them...
May 2nd, 2005 04:38 PM        

I heard the neck width was skinny? True or no?


Alberta Canada

Vox AD50VT and Hellhound for me
May 2nd, 2005 05:06 PM        

It is a little skinnier than a Strat neck, more like a Tele neck I think? I like it though. It plays fast!


United States

May 3rd, 2005 09:04 AM        

very soon i will be joining the club i hope..plans are for the 2 tone sunburst and a red tortise shell guard from pick guardian..hopefully it will be sooner rather than later


New Mexico desert

"It's not apathy...I just don't care"
May 3rd, 2005 09:27 AM        

My sunburst should be delivered today. I'll post a review after I put it through the paces. Hopefully the neck won't be too skinny.



practice is cheap but tone will cost you
May 3rd, 2005 10:55 AM        

I got my Blonde 51 for a steal....Guy sold it to me used, in perfect shape, for $115.00 with a hardshell fender case. He had upgraded the tuners to vintage Klusons.

Since then, I have bought a tortise pickgaurd from Pickguardian.com (tony is great to deal with) $60.
And I just replaced the neck pup with a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered.

Sounds great and looks cool too.

It has to be one of the best guitars I have ever bought for under $350.



Loud is Good
May 3rd, 2005 01:09 PM        

Sunburst in the house...After all this I had to get one too.. "but honey it has a HUMBUCKER..." Took a couple of old SS amps over to the local GC this morning;came away with the '51, a nice gig bag, and 5 packs of D'Addario 10's !!! Killer guitar, great tone and much better F&F that my Custom II from last year.

Cliff Adams

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The Sacratomato Kid

Butterfield meets the Ventures
May 4th, 2005 12:47 AM        

Most of you know about my Lipstick Blonde (in Tweed). She will play her first gig May 13.


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Mobile, AL

Rockin' for the Rock
May 4th, 2005 08:24 AM        

Count me in. I've got a blonde and a sunburst! The sunburst has a Rio Grande Muy Grande in the neck. Overall, I like these guitars very much. The blonde never gets played, I might trade it for a Squire Tele, but the sunburst is here to stay! Very playable, very functional. New pickups can be a real benefit, but for $150 I don't think it can be beat!


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Florida, USA

"If you must hate, hate gently" Electron
May 4th, 2005 08:36 AM        

What color are the pickguards that ship with the blondes? I know they show black ones on the Squier site, but seems like some folks said they got white ones.


United States

May 4th, 2005 09:04 AM        

i have read some ppl got the 2005 model with a black gaurd, in know they started with black and then wwent to white on the 2004 versions, this leads me to believe they have gone back to black, but that is just a guess..with all the complaints on the white guards i wouldnt be suprised if thy went back.



May 4th, 2005 03:20 PM        


I have also joined the club, picked up a blond one with black guard. I have seen two Squier 51 live here in Stockholm Sweden and both where blond with black guard, see the link http://www.jam.se/images/squier51.jpg.

Really nice guitar, I have a Fender Standard MIM Strat, a Squier Custom, a Squier Affinity tele (BSB) plus the 51, the 51 is the one that I'm playing. Still, I'm a bedroom player only, at least for now! But, I find it a little bit hard to get a good crunch sound from it, the HB is a little bit harsh, should I try to adjust the pickup height?. At full gain its no problem. The neck pickup is fantastic for clean sounds. I checked intonation after having changed strings to 10's, didn't had to adjust at all, very good setup already from delivery. But, I did't liked it with 9's, to slinky...



dan pascoe

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May 4th, 2005 04:00 PM        

you might try the coil tap, or think about changing the bridge pup, still I have to say that most people that changed theirs went back to the originals..I have had mine for a good 10 months now, and recently picked up a sunburst to give blackie company. Have fun!


Great Plains

May 4th, 2005 06:02 PM        

My '51 arrived on Nov. 4th. I took it out of the box, played it for a minute, and then went to vote. My horse lost the race that day, but I came away with a great guitar. Even though the neck is thin I still love it.

I seriously debated ordering a blonde '51 to compliment it, but ordered a Squire HH satin strat instead. Just got it the other day and it's really cool, too.


United States

May 5th, 2005 09:48 AM        

that is the coolest modded 51 i have ever seen, just awesome...no i have to have one..how much is the 60's reissue neck running? and did you get the black guard from pickguardian.com???


New Mexico desert

"It's not apathy...I just don't care"
May 5th, 2005 10:31 AM        

Johnyd, did the strat neck fit without any problems? I thought the squier necks were narrower at the heel? Looks great!



May 5th, 2005 01:48 PM        

Thanks guys. The neck was a perfect fit. They're going for roughly $150-$200. Kinda crazy for a $150 guitar I know but I it feels great (I prefer the 60's necks) The pickguard is from pickguardian. I think I was one of the first to get a 51 guard from him. I'm glad to see so many people interested in replacement guards because Tony is a great guy to deal with.


O's vs Nats USA

Loud is Good
May 5th, 2005 09:43 PM        

I picke up a '51 a few days ago, and along with my FM25... finaly a budget guitar & amp that make sense two DIFFERENT PU's with some useful ways of blending them, light, and stays intune..a amp that you can carry , but is loud enough to play with some folks. and the pair cost about what the average amateur muso would spend on a Trumpet, acoustic guitar, Keyboard ect.

The '51 a sure cure for GAS!


Alberta Canada

Vox AD50VT and Hellhound for me
May 6th, 2005 08:28 AM        

I'm still excited about mine. Sounds great through my Vox AD50VT! Something I'd like is a good tremolo bridge put on it. Would this be hard to do? I imagine I'd have to a tech do it if it requires taking chunks of wood out. It would be the perfect Frankenstrat!



May 6th, 2005 07:59 PM        

Add me to the list of 51 sunburst owners.I like the neck profile and finish.
Lot's of bang for only a buck and a quarter.

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