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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:51 pm 
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I picked one up today and thought it played quite well. Not so sure on the Squire active pickups so I compared them to another guitar that had EMG (unknown models though). Squire sounded great actually. Got it home, change strings and set up the bridge. Plays even better now that the string action is corrected. Pickups sound great though the JP-2C, TC-100. Did not try it though my other amps. Some say it has a licensed Floyd Rose but doubt it. I did not remove it to see if it was an MIG, most likely it is an MIK due to the polished saddle blocks, German made Floyds usually have a granular surface as if it was a sand casting. The Sustain block also had the Big circled FR on it. All in black nickel finish. Frets were dressed properly so I did not have to work out any sharp points. The rose wood fretboard material has some really nice streaks in it. I am impressed with this guitar that cost just shy of $400.00 The reverse Fender Strat headstock looks good too. Workmanship is quite good. For a Polar wood body, it sounds damn good. I think I like it much better than the MIM Dave Murray strat. Probably because the Floyd is a full float on the squire vs resting against the body like the Dave Murray signature model. Have to say I am not much of a fan for Fender guitars but so far the two I now have may change that opinion. For a budget guitar, the Squire Contemporary Stratocaster is definitely great for the money. Love my Carvin Bolt C's just a bit more but those cost 5 times as much as the Squire. A good value for the money spent. I will post a picture of it when I get a chance to do so.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:17 am 
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Here are some pictures.
Description first....
My Stratocaster styled guitars: From left to right, based on purchase price, the most expensive on the far left is a Carvin Bolt C, Black Limba body topped with flamed maple. Heavier than the rest but has a great tone similar to mahogany. Birdseye maple fretboard, medium jumbo stainless steel frets, 14inch neck radius, tung oiled maple/walnut neck. Sustain for days. Also my main axe in this category. Out of pocket (Custom order) was around $2,100. The teal green one next to it is a Bolt C I bought used on Ebay. Loved it so much I bought the Moss green one next to it. Paid around $750 and was worth every penny. Has a beautiful birdseye maple fretboard, medium jumbo stainless steel frets on a 10inch radius. Quilted maple over alder body. Gloss finished maple/walnut neck. Order cost would have been about the same as the moss green one, probably in the range of $1500 to $1800 at the time it was made. Has great sustain and has more of a strat tone to it. Both guitars are sporting Seymour Duncan pickups, Installed the "Every thing Axe" set in the teal guitar, opted for something different in the moss green. All of those pickups are the '78 bridge model. Yeah, bridge pickups in the neck and middle, may sound out of place but they sound great on that guitar in those locations. My very first Fender guitar (bought it after the Carvin guitars), MIM Dave Murray Stratocaster, paid $1024 but also bought an SKB case for it. Compound radius neck, fretboard looks more like Pau Ferro than rosewood. Medium jumbo frets, classic tuners (can be a pain but they work just fine), Floyd Rose rests on the body and does not float like the other three. I much prefer a floating Floyd over the body block setup. Changed the neck and middle pickups as I felt the hot rails and JB jr were a bit muddy in those positions. Still like the hot rails in the bridge position. I did have to polish the frets fresh out of the box as they seemed a little rough. Smooth as glass now. Now for the focus of this post, on the right is the Squire contemporary active Stratocaster. Has a 12 inch radius neck, medium jumbo frets ( or close to it). I am impressed that they were crowned and dressed properly. Guitar did not require any fret polishing or removal of sprouts. Not a single sharp edge to be found. Tung oil finished solid maple neck. Flat black and slippery painted poplar body. Yeah, this guitar could easily slip out of your hands. Painted Floyd Rose bridge (not black nickel as I stated earlier). The guitar felt quite comfortable in my hands, sounded good unplugged and even better plugged in once it was in tune. Only change I made to it was the strings and spring tension. It plays just as good as the other guitars in the picture. Active electronics are really nice too. I have no complaints about this instrument to think of.
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One last thing.... If you plan on getting one of these guitars to add to your collection or are on a budget and want a decent guitar to start off with, it will not fit the SBK case specifically design for a Fender Stratocaster. The reverse headstock is a bit larger than the traditional Fender Stratocaster. I have one of these cases and tried to see if it would fit, no go. I did get a $60 budget hard shell case for it that was meant as a universal style and it fits fine in that. Note the Squires do not come with the soft gig bag, that is ok as I am not overly fond of those. The Dave Murray signature model (MIM) Stratocaster did come with a gig bag. It is ok but I resolved that issue with the SKB case I bought to go with it.
Some more focus on the Squire:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:07 am 
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In comparison to my Nephews Squire he got a few years ago, other than the slightly lower cost of the instrument, I can definitely feel the difference in quality. I also compared this guitar to others of twice is retail value. Actually preferred it over the ESP guitar even though it had a decorative top wood and mahogany construction.


I guess I got lucky with this one, it plays quite well for me. Not too heavy, slick finish on the neck just like my more expensive Carvin Bolt C. In the end, it is a decent guitar for the cost. There was another instrument I thought would have been of interest, it was a Schecter Damien model or similar as it was a used instrument for about the same cost as the Squire. Thought it has more of a plastic feel to it but it was a nice instrument for a beginner. End of line, if you are looking for a budget guitar just shy of $400, there is always the used rack for some bargains if you can find one, I would definitely look at the Squire Contemporary Active model as a comparative instrument in your quest.

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