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Fender Squire Deluxe Hot Rails

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by clarky75, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. clarky75

    clarky75 Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Aug 24, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Hi All,

    I am after some feedback thoughts on the Fender Squire Deluxe Hot Rails guitar. I have not played guitar in many years, I used to own a Fender Squire Affinity many years ago which was stolen. Now I have more time I want to take up the guitar again, I am able to get a killer deal on a second hand Fender Squire Deluxe Hot Rails, I never even knew these existed. How do these play? Are they worth getting or am I better off with an Affinity or Bullet. I notice they have the 3 humbucker style pickups, but I have never seen or heard much about this guitar.

    I play mostly rock music, ACDC, metallica, Guns n Roses etc, interested to hear peoples thoughts on this before I buy this guitar.

    Thanks All

    Clarky
     

  2. tripleb

    tripleb Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    42
    11
    Jun 5, 2017
    Australia
    I don't own one but I did play one in the store and I really liked it.
    I think it would work really well for the music you like.
     

  3. metale

    metale Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    71
    Jun 4, 2011
    Portugal
    It will match the music you played and it's a quality guitar.
     

  4. clarky75

    clarky75 Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Aug 24, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Thanks for the responses, sounds like my guitar then.

    How does it compare to the Affinity Strat, is it a better guitar all round? Also does it have the thicker neck or the narrower neck like the Affinity?
     

  5. metale

    metale Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    33
    71
    Jun 4, 2011
    Portugal
    The Deluxe is a better guitar. Full body size, neck size similar to a Classic Vibe, good components and shielding.

    I've got the single coil version of the Deluxe. Very impressed with it. I've got 4 other strats.
     

  6. IronSchef

    IronSchef Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    55
    879
    May 17, 2012
    Fox Point, WI
    The Deluxe is superior to an Affinity in virtually every way (full size body, normal nut-width, etc). The DD HR pickups should be just what you are looking for -- some of those HR Strats had the pickups installed in the wrong positions (just an FYI, don't let that stop you from getting this great strat)
     
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  7. QMTstrat

    QMTstrat Strat-O-Master

    The Deluxe/Hot Rails essentially have the same specs except for the headstock (Deluxe is small headstock), neck (Deluxe is maple fretboard) and the pickups of course.

    What I really like about my Hot Rails is that the neck is a satin finish, fit has a rolled fretboard and the neck is a nice chunky size, in comparison to my thinner C profile Squier Standard or the Classic Vibe necks. I'd venture to say that the Squier SE and Deluxe/Hot Rail strats have the chunkiest necks of all the Squier line. The 2 point bridge is a breeze to setup and I like its simplicity for a floating bridge.

    If you find you do not like the hot rail pickups, (they sound great, but not the bright SSS tone I wanted), you could always switch out the loaded pickguard for another. Now my white Hot rails guitar is loaded with a white pickguard and SSS pickups; together with the big 70's headstock, it looks like a Jimi Hendrix strat!
     
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  8. clarky75

    clarky75 Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Aug 24, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Hi All,

    Thanks so much for all the responses, I purchased the guitar today, it's a really nice guitar. Needs a setup and some new strings and it should be a great axe. I will get a new bone nut installed as well and get the fret dressed. Thanks for all the responses, I am definitely glad I purchased this
     

  9. clarky75

    clarky75 Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Aug 24, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Hi All,

    Thanks to the advice in the thread I had my HR Strat setup today, all the adjustments, new strings and a new bone nut. The pickups were installed in the wrong spots as advised by a poster in this thread so that is now resolved too. Sounds great for a cheap guitar.