Hello from Sunny Sheffield

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  1. blades

    blades New Member!

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    Hello, new to the forum, I wonder if anyone can help me out please? I’m from Sheffield U.K. 5 years ago at the age of 65 I had to give up playing guitar due to chronic arthritis in my right shoulder, bit of a blow really as I’ve been playing since the age of 12. Anyway 6 weeks ago a had a full shoulder replacement. My physio told me my shoulder will be 90% functional in about 3 to 6 months, great news.

    Yesterday my wife and myself were browsing around charity shops and I saw a scruffy plastic guitar bag. I could tell there was an electric guitar inside because of the shape. Due to my shoulder, my wife opened the bag and I expected to see a beat-up old guitar but out popped a lovely red Squire Strat. I looked it over and there was not a mark on it. Although I’ve never owned a Squire I knew from my time playing in bands for over 30 years that the Squires were a cheaper but quite an acceptable copy of the Fenders. Here was no price on the guitar so I asked the lady in charge how much it was. She said it had just come in and had not been priced up yet, but I could have it for £20. Bargain I thought.

    Yesterday I spent some time on the net trying to find out what model it is, as there is no serial number on and I found your forum. As I said, I will be grateful if anyone can tell me a bit more about it. I have sent some photos. It has 22 frets and there is no Squire logo on the back steel plate. There is the squire logo on all the machine heads though. Thank you.
     

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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Hello from the now slightly grey and drizzly end of Sheffield. :p

    Finding any guitars in the charity shops around here is rare, finding a nice one and getting it for £20 isn't much short of a miracle. I have no idea on the model though.

    Good luck with the shoulder.
     
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    Thank you pal. The shop is in Dronfield where I live.
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    For twenty pound I'd say you got yourself a real bargain. Welcome.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I think last time I was in Dronfield I was with Frank White and Dave Robinson, if you remember them, that's going back a good few years. I'm just off Chesterfield Road, near the old Heeley railway station.
     
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    Yes mate, I remember Frank, I think he died last year. I did hear The Stones wanted him after Brian Jones died, great guitarist.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    He did sadly, couldn't get to his funeral because of Covid.

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    His Squier was his main gig guitar for about 20 years.
     
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    Can you remember his twin -necked Gibson? He taught me the intro to 'Johnny B Goode' after a gig at The Black Swan, mid-70's.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    This one?

    On The Crying Game with the Cruisers

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    Last I heard Phil Brody had it.
     
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    Yes pal that's the one, I remember it being really heavy..in weight that is.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    It was horrendously heavy, awkward and uncomfortable.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    After doing a bit of digging around, your Squier appears to be an early SE model that came in a starter pack, with an amp.
     
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    Helluva bargain you’ve got there. At that price little upgrades here and there will keep your overall investment enviable! Improving playability and overall joy of the Strat is a big thing with members here. For my money there’s no more knowledgeable and helpful band of players, builders, techs, and tinkers than the folks here on Strat-talk.
     
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    tery Dr. Stratster

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    Welcome to Strat-Talk :)
     
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    Looks like a bargain for twenty quid!

    Of course, now you'll need a £1000 Marshall stack, £500 worth of pedals...

    What does a pint cost in Sheffield these days?

    Nice city nowadays too. Only ever went there once, in the 90s, to visit Forgemasters.
     
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    Hello Blades and welcome to S-T, nice of you to join us.
    Extremely good deal on your Squier. Hope your shoulder will allow you to enjoy it.
     
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    Thanks to all for the kind welcome. A pint of John Smiths in my local is £2.80. my Missis drinks that. Carling is £3.00.
     
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    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    ^ I remember Mel Smith RIP putting on a Yorkshire accent and saying how he had to move down to London so he could drink lager in public :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    And the Guinness is around £3.
     
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    nigelr Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome to the forum, that's a bargain for sure.
     
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