Electric Guitar Review: Fender Standard Stratocaster Squier

Fender Standard Stratocaster - Review

Review of the Fender Standard Stratocaster by Squier, classic and highly rated electric guitar

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Fender Standard Stratocaster Squier No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Solid Body, Double Cutaway
Body Material: Solid Agathis
Finish: Polyurethane Body & Neck
Colors: Candy Apple Red, Antique Burst, Black Metallic
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: C-Shape
Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple 9.5" Radius
Total #Frets: 22
Scale: 25.5"
Bridge: Synchronous Twin-Pivot Tremolo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment; 4-Ply Tortoise Shell; 3-Ply Black
Nut Width: 1.65"
Tuners: Standard Die-Cast Tuners; Chrome Plate
Electronics: 3 Ainico Magnet Single-Coil Pickups. Master Volume, Tone 1 and Tone 2.
Switching: 5 Position Blade:Bridge Pickup; Bridge & Middle; Middle; Middle & Neck; Neck
List Price: $380.00
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Features: 6.0

Fender Standard Stratocaster, manufactured by Fender's subsidiary Squier. Very nice guitar for the money. Only $380.00 list and you should be able to find a street price of about $230.00

Pretty much a basic guitar and you will likely have to spend a little bit of bench time with it. Likely problems will be very minor such as a bit of fret polishing, and some other possible touchup of the finish.

To get this guitar to play the way you desire, you will need to adjust the action and also adjust the intonation or you won't be able to keep it in tune. Again minor problems, easily repaired and adjusted. Also refer to my articles on action adjustment and intonation.

Sound Production: 7.5

The 3 Ainico Magnet Single-Coil Pickups put out a nice "Strat" sound. Not as good as the original, but close enough for a guitar in this price range.

Action: 7.0

The Fender Standard Stratocaster Squier plays fairly nicely as delivered, but most instruments can be improved dramatically with some time on the bench. These are all adjustments you can make yourself. The hardest operation and certainly the fussiest is filing the action on the nut. Intonation is easily handled with the compensation bridge adjustment.

Durability: 8.0

The Fender Standard Stratocaster appears as though it will hold up quite well. The finish is very durable and the tuners see quite solid without play.

Customer Service: 10.0

Fender Standard Stratocaster by Squier musical equipment, parts and accessories are available exclusively through a network of Authorized Dealers. As a manufacturer and wholesaler, Fender does not sell musical equipment directly to consumers. To find an Authorized Dealer near you, consult the Dealer Locater in the menu up above or call Fender/Squier Consumer Relations at (480) 596-7195.

Squier product service is available through their national network of Authorized Service Centers. For the location of an Authorized Service Center near you, check with your local Fender dealer or call Fender/Squier Consumer Relations at (480) 596-7195.   

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Squier's website and Customer Support Center is designed to address the questions and comments they have received from Squier owners and enthusiasts. If you have a question, comment or suggestion that hasn't already covered, they will  want to hear from you. If you contact them and don't receive a response right away, please be patient. Their priority is to help those customers with immediate product service needs first. They also recommend that you check out the forums and discussion pages on the Web to share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with like-minded players.

Overall Score: 7.7 Summary

This is a great starter guitar for those of you interested in electric guitars. Playability is a minor problem, but can be easily handled with a little bit of "bench" time.

Although available in both Rosewood or Maple, the Maple just seems more fitting for a Fender guitar, even though this one is manufactured outside the US. I really like the color variations available and the overall fit and finish is really quite good.

The Fender Standard Stratocaster Squier pickups perform flawlessly and gives this guitar great sound and versatility. The sound is clean and great for rock and rockabilly and very able to handle those difficult licks.

If you are a beginning music student consider the Fender Standard Stratocaster Squier - you won't be disappointed.