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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Niquel, May 16, 2020.

  1. Niquel

    Niquel Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm stoked and bummed all at the same time. I just got my Squier CV 50 strat yesterday.

    As far as my background goes, I played an Aria Hummingbird for a few years back in the mid 70's. Never played it very well, but it was a hoot playing with my buddies. Unfortunately the bird got lost in my daughter's divorce (long story).

    So recently I decided to buy an electric instead of an acoustic for ease of play and the ability to play it with headphones. My research end up on the Squier CV 50s Strat. So I bought it from Sweetwater with a Plek job and TUSQ XL nut.

    The build quality and finish of the CV 50 is topshelf. Hardware wise I don't have an amp yet, so I can't say much about the tone or the pickups. The tuners and bridge seam to be of good quality. The bridge saddles not so much, more on those later. The neck looks straight as an arrow and the frets look good and feel smooth. The nut looks good. I get a good feeling of the string vibrations through the neck and body while playing it too.

    Now the disappointing thing about this buy is the guitar was supposed to be set up as part of the Plek job, but if it was it was poorly done or set up by someone with a gorilla grip. The string height was well over 4/64" on all strings. So, I lowered the saddles and now it feels a lot better. While adjusting the string height I noticed that the set screws on the bridges are a bit course and little bit goes a long ways with them. The saddles are stamped Squier, but I thought they would be Fender. The intonation seems to be okay. I asked Sweetwater for a before and after report on the Plek job, but didn't get it. Now I've got this doubt about if they even did it since the set up was done so poorly. Bummer! So I'm stoked about the guitar, but not so much with Sweetwater.

    Anyhow, greetings from a motivated beginner.
     
  2. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome to Strat-Talk :)
     
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    DeMelo Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome!
     
  4. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How low is low? It would have been a stroke of luck to buy a guitar off the net, and have it arrive set up to ones liking. Everyone is different.
     
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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome
     
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    Dana Rudd Strat-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your guitar, hope you get it dialed in for you.
     
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    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Welcome and congratulations on getting the new Squire
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome! :thumb:

    You’re supposed to post pictures of your guitar(s) as part of your introduction. :whistling:
     
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  9. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How much did they charge you for the Plek job?
    I can't see myself paying for a Plek on a $400 guitar.

    As far as the setup, unless your temperature and humidity are reasonably close to the shop where it was set up, the wood will expand/contract and change the relief, which impacts every aspect of the setup.

    Also, don't get hung up on "the numbers"... published specs are only recommended starting points. Some prefer those numbers to be different.
     
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  10. Niquel

    Niquel Strat-Talk Member

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    As requested. :)

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    telestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome along to the group very nice. Squier strat
     
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    Samiad Strat-Talk Member

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    Lovely colour, and welcome! Currently I only have a CV 50's as I've gotten rid of most of my guitars. It's a fantastic instrument, enjoy!
     
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  13. Niquel

    Niquel Strat-Talk Member

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    o_O Sharing costs is like talking about sex with your wife and I don't know you that well. As with most products, the steel, wood and raw materials aren't what drives the cost. It's the labor and technology. Setup? Yeah, I get that, but that's not the conversation I had with the salesman. I only used the Fender spec to quantify the height. If it would've be easy to play it would have been a none issue, again back to my conversation with the salesman. The Plek job was suppose to include a low action setup.

    Anyhow, after a day of playing with it I'm still stoked about the quality of the instrument.
    Play on!

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  14. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

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    :D You're lucky! Talking about sex with our wives significant others is frowned upon on this forum!

    Welcome to Strat-Talk! And nice-looking Strat!
     
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    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Glad you’re happy with the guitar but I agree with the others, complaining about someone else’s set up doesn’t really make much sense. They obviously set it up to their liking, not yours. Fortunately Stratocaster’s don’t require a rocket science degree to set up the way you like. There are 1,000,001 ways to adjust a Strat and to me that’s half the fun of the beast.
     
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    Blue Beagle Strat-O-Master

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    It's a guitar forum, costs are something that are shared openly to give everyone a better knowledge of pricing to see if they are getting a decent deal
     
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  17. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Strat-Talker

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    Hello there, all the best on your Strat' journey.

    I'm guessing 'bummed' means disappointed where you are.
    Means something else in the UK.
     
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  18. Niquel

    Niquel Strat-Talk Member

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    Best I can remember, the original meaning came from the late 60s when people were having a bad acid trip and getting bummed out. I guess it eventually migrated to "Bummer" and other variations.
     
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  19. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lol. Yes "bummed, or its a bummer," is dissatisfaction or disappointment.
     
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  20. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for the explanation.
     
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