Beginner/intermediate Strat choice

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  1. Trudo97

    Trudo97 New Member!

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    Hi I’m looking to buy my first electric, I want to start by playing acdc nirvana alternative rock type riffs.

    I don’t want a Squier, I want to buy something I love the feel of and the looks of so I keep it forever and doesn’t loose interest. I like kirt cobains style of guitars, offsets, sonic blue with red pick guards, black on black strat etc...

    Other than i would need an HSS, what do you recommend as far as make model fretboard etc...

    I’m considering new and used
     
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Welcome to the forum!!


    Why don't you want a Squier? If you have heard from other people that they're not good, you heard wrong.....their high end models are on par with Fender Mexico.....

    I would recommend a Squier Classic Vibe 70s HSS - it is a good enough guitar for a pro, and good enough to keep for life....nothing needs upgrading....

    https://www.long-mcquade.com/129472...tocaster-HSS--Laurel-Fingerboard---Walnut.htm

    https://cosmomusic.ca/guitar-electric-squier-classic-vibe-70s-strat-hss-mn-blk-1.html

    I own nothing but Squier, no Fender Mexico or USA products.....
     
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  3. StratLover66

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    +1 on the Classic Vibe Series. Though now discontinued, the Vintage Modified Strats were also a pretty decent series and the Duncan Designed pickups actually sounded pretty decent. If you can find one on the used market I recommend you give it a try.
     
  4. Fenderguy710

    Fenderguy710 Strat-Talk Member

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    Squire Classic Vibe guitars are really nice. If it has to say Fender on the headstock, new MIM start at $700. There are actually several used MIM HSS Strats near me on Facebook marketplace, going for $400-500. You may find a better deal if you're patient.
     
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    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 on the Vintage Modified. Great value for the money. My Squier VM Tele is the 2nd best Telecaster I’ve ever played.
     
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    Welcome! I think a Fender player series HSS would make a fine first Strat. In fact my first Strat was a HSS player series. Plenty of colors to choose from.
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member

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    why do you want a strat if you like off sets...?

    Welcome to ST
     
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    Jesse414 Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome to strat talk. I totally agree with Guitarmageddon the squier classic vibes are great guitars. Fender player series are nice too.
     
  9. Jmart1212

    Jmart1212 Strat-Talker

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    Don't settle for a squier, they are not even close to even a Mexican fender. Just one touch of the wood and finish and you will see what I mean.I have two Mexican fenders and with some upgrades, namely pickups, and some work, like a proper setup and nut filing, they can hold their own. My mexican fenders are better than my buddy's American Standard, all day, but that's cause it's not setup right.
     
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    Mexican strats run about 400 on ebay right now
     
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    Fenderguy710 Strat-Talk Member

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    That's not too bad at all. I'm the type of person to look for a nice used instrument to save a little cash for upgrading.
     
  12. Tdurden032

    Tdurden032 Strat-O-Master

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    Great recommendations from the group already - a Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe would be an excellent choice, and by all accounts, a great guitar that at any skill level you can really enjoy. I picked up a used Squier SE (standard edition) for about $115 that plays extremely well - I’ve tweaked it a bit, but it’s my hss “beater” and I have to say it has exceeded my expectations in sound and playability.
     

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  13. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    If you like Cobain styled guitars forget Strats.

    I'm not a Squier fan personally so a Fender Mustang should fill your criteria.

    Cheaper than the Strat equivalent, shorter scale so probably easier for a beginner too.

    £479 over here, I'm sure cheaper in the US.

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    I say save up for a good made in Mexico Fender. There's plenty of models on the used market to choose from.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    No, they're not. Unless you go up to the Vintera range at twice the price, the CVs are better.
     
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  16. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    There is as you might expect little difference between the top range Squiers and the low range Fenders, after all they sit next to each other very closely in a very broad range (lowest priced starter Squiers up to CS Fenders... £190 - £5000.) so you'd expect quality to be close.

    In my opinion China (who made the old CVs) and Indonesia (who made the old VMs) have both gotten production and quality control to exceptional levels and certainly on a par with Mexico's cheaper products.

    The problem is it all just goes down to personal preference. Neck shapes, radius, body style, the sounds it's gonna make... it's all subjective. My 'best' guitar is a 2005 CIJ ST72 but to be honest my heavily modded Squier Affinity comes very very close. A good guitar that feels great to you is just that regardless of it's price point.

    Get your mask on, put some hand sanitiser in your pocket to clean between instruments and get yourself to a store to try a few out. It's the only way.

    Good luck and welcome to the forums.
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    IMO, the idea of buying your forever guitar in one try/purchase isn't realistic. You'll need to play lots of different instruments and find the specific features you like.
    Good luck in the search, but don't pressure yourself into thinking your first purchase needs to be your last.
     
  18. Jmart1212

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    Man throw in a Hotrail and that would be fun to play
     
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  19. Guitarmageddon

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    Let me guess, you've never had your hands on a high end modern 2008 or later Squier Classic Vibe, have you? Your comparison is based on older lower end model Squier guitars.....
     
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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    I couldn't agree more !

    We all know what happens when you get one .

    Massive gas attacks begin :whistling::whistling::whistling:
     
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