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Squier Deluxe Strat discontinued?

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by tsvkvyomi, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. tsvkvyomi

    tsvkvyomi New Member!

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    So the deluxe strat is no longer listed on fender/squier's official website, and it is out of stock on most of the online websites. Whats the scene here?
     
  2. QMTstrat

    QMTstrat Strat-O-Master

    Maybe in your part of the world, but here it is still available in both colors:

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  3. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    I just looked at Fender, the Squier Deluxe is still listed as well as the Deluxe Hot Rails.

    I have seen some stores say discontinued as well, but I'd imagine they are just no longer carrying the deluxe. I imagine it's due to sales, most seem to buy the affinity or CV series. The Deluxe is kind of caught in the middle ground thing.

    If I were going to buy a Squire, I wouldn't want the cheapest but why spend say 299 on a deluxe which is okay, but for 399 I can get so much more. I don't like the Deluxe, I hate the big head stock.
     
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  4. tsvkvyomi

    tsvkvyomi New Member!

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    I like the deluxe because of the pickups, which are hotter than the toneriders, the neck is satin, and the trem is two point as well, what would you suggest? I live in India so cant really try them properly, i have tried the standard squier which in terms of feel is the same as the deluxe, more or less, and i liked the standard. Inputs would be appreciated.
     
  5. QMTstrat

    QMTstrat Strat-O-Master


    I have both the Hot Rails and the Standard. The Standard has the same big headstock, 22 frets and 2 point bridge, which I have no issue with. But the neck is considerably nicer on the Hot Rails, which is the same as the Deluxe, rolled fretboard and satin finish. It is also chunkier than the Standards thin C profile neck.

    I really like the Alnicos on the Standard, they are definitely keepers for me and still have not found better sounding pickups at that price point. They have a lot of character that the cheaper ceramics from Affinities lack.
     
  6. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    First, I'm not saying the Deluxe is bad, it's just not for me. I like the CV style better, now if the hot rails had the smaller head stock, I'd probably already own one.

    Looking at the deluxe vs standard, what I'm seeing is both about the same except deluxe gets you a smoother neck (satin finished) but steel wool or sandpaper could make the standard feel about the same. The deluxe also has Duncan designed pu's and standard is well standard. Here the price difference is $50, so on paper the deluxe sounds like a better deal, unless you will change the factory pu's. If you will eventually change them, I'd say go standard and put the extra cash to pu's of your choice. This is my opinion, so by no means am I right, just what I would look at. Daryll Braun (I think that's his name) has a YT video comparing the two.

    I'm in the US, so prices and options from you to I vary greatly from what I've read. The best recommendation I can give is buy what you like. If you're into the deluxe, just keep an eye out, not sure of the used market around you, does it have to be new?

    If you can't find a deluxe, I'd list all the specs on it and start looking at other models to see what matches up. It's what I did for the past few weeks, I just ordered a mim plus top (I did look at the hot rails Squier).

    I knew I wanted hss, small head stock, and maple board. That killed the Am. Special, didn't want to go higher in the Am line this close to Christmas. I looked at the standards and when I saw a plus top was the same as regular, I went plus top.

    Now this was looking through the company I wanted to buy from, not the whole internet. So their stock limited my selection but I trust them and hard to beat 2 day free shipping.
     
  7. slash1814

    slash1814 Strat-Talker

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    Sir ji,
    Standard Deluxe is far better than just standard. The latter is thin and edgy (unless thats your thing). deluxe retails at 31,800/- while standard retails at 23,500/- (approx.). BUT..deluxe it seems to me is being phased out, As today I can not see it on Fender website.If you want more info let us know.
     
  8. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Are the DD SC-101's in the Deluxe hum cancelling in position 2 and 4?
     
  9. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 21, 2010
    Heart of Dixie
    Big head stock?

    My Deluxe does not have a big head stock, nor do the ones on the Fender web:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/squie...atocaster/deluxe-stratocaster/0300500504.html

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  10. Eddie H

    Eddie H Strat-Talk Member

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    The Deluxe is not a big seller. Squier is focusing it's energies on the big guns ... Affy's and Bullets. The Deluxe is priced at the same range as the VM, which has a stronger draw.
     
  11. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    I was speaking to the Hot Rails model and should have been clearer. That was what threw me off that model, as at the time (don't know now) I was looking at a deluxe and HR deluxe were the same price. To me the HR offered more for the money (my opinion). I was wanting hss but could have lived with a HR setup, unfortunately, it's the large headstock only (nothing wrong with that, again just personal preference).
     
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  12. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

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    of course they are - Squier makes no current production single coil guitars with non RWRP middle....
     
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  13. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 21, 2010
    Heart of Dixie
    No problem! To my chagrin, I had no idea they made a Hot Rod version of the Deluxe. :oops: 20171116_135140.jpg 20171116_135148.jpg 20171116_135201.jpg
    I bought mine new in 2009 for only $20 less than they are going for now.
    Here's mine. I added a Graphtech Nut, String Trees (and lubed them) and 5 aftermarket trem springs. It seems to hold tune a lot better that it did.
     
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  14. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    It's no problem, I should have said HR, cause it does come off like I'm saying they all are. Nice pics, great looking guitar.

    How do you like the Tusq string trees? I'm debating on replacing the butterfly on mine, it didn't come with a spacer from the factory, yet some how got the felt around the strap buttons, lol.

    I just put a Tusq nut on mine last night, the high E sounded like a sitar. It didn't come through the amp but unplugged it was killing me. That and the factory nut had a couple of strings cut too low.
     
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  15. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 21, 2010
    Heart of Dixie
    Thanks! The string trees did seem to help, plus I also lubed them a bit with a vaseline/dry graphite mix. I do that to all my guitars if I feel a little binding.
     
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  16. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2010
    The Midwest
    The Squier Deluxe is a great Strat. I regret selling the Daphne blue one I once had.
     
  17. metale

    metale Strat-Talker

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    I opened mine yesterday to remove the plastic from the pickup covers (still had it and not easy from the top).

    Was pretty amazed by the shielding on the cavities. Very neat, and it's grounded. I haven't seen this dedication on a strat before (havent't opened any MIA though).

    Only mod on mine is a brass full size trem block with 5 springs.
     
  18. Pukiman

    Pukiman Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 1, 2011
    London
    Hi,

    I bought mine in 2010, popped in guitar shop to buy strings and picks was about to leave suddenly the heaven opened up, thought best to wait in the shop till the rain stop, browsed around, tried out CV's, ok-ish but I already have a couple of mij's reissue, tried the deluxe and immediately like the rolled edge fingerboard and 22 frets and colour..

    When I took her home I decided to convert her to a Superstrat, for me what I like most about the Squire Deluxe is the rolled edge fretboard neck(wished it was Rosewood though!), 22fret and the Daphne colour.
    In my box of spares, I had fender custom shop HSH mother of toilet seat pickguard, pickups and pots then went to work on her, mods also include full size steel block, upgraded steel saddle and fender locking tuners.
    Played the guitar for about 6 months then stored it away along with my other electric guitars and just played my acoustic guitar, to cut a long story short I relocated to another continent since then !

    So last week I decided to check on the state of my electric guitars, all doing fine !

    Is it true the Deluxe is being discontinued ?
    I now want to get Squire Simon Neil model but was told this guitar is not available anymore
    I wanted to make it my cheap fender custom shop Gary Moore knock-off.

    Photo of deluxe with the princeton was in 2012, now im thinking of swapping to Tortoise pickguard but the colour is abit reddish maybe a brown tortoise would look better.
    What do you guys think, should I swap out ?
     

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  19. valvestate

    valvestate Strat-Talker

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    That red Tortoise is just :eek: .. or anything Tortoise sucks in my book. Better to stick with an old parchment/ mint green pickguard. Much better looking in my opinion.
     
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  20. Pukiman

    Pukiman Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 1, 2011
    London
    Red Tortoise looks good on CAR strat with Rosewood fingerboard.
    I kinda bored with parchment/mint green or mother of toilet seat is the reason why I'm thinking about tortoise pg, I should seek brown tortoise pg and see how it blends with Daphne.