MIM Vs Squier

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  1. Ian Ashdown

    Ian Ashdown Strat-O-Master

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    Hi,

    Having a GAS attack and looking at a pair of 3 Color burst Strats. One is a 94-95 MIM in ver good condition the other is a new Squier CV. Both with maple necks.

    I’m very impressed with the ‘50’s CV I just received, and I have a Buttercream MIM that is as sweet as can be. But how good were the MIM guitars in the mid-‘90’s?

    I need to decide on one or the other . . .

    Thanks!

    Ian
     
  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    IME, the mid '90s MIM's can be hit or mis. There are good ones, but I have seen some not so good ones. They seemed to be less consistent than later MIM's.
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Having endured a brand new 95 MIM, I'd take the new Squier without a doubt.
     
  4. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    MIM means Made In Mexico. What model are you considering? There were lots of models in 94-95. A Standard Strat?

    They varied, some, and you'd have to plug that one in to know what it's like.

    *I* would buy the new CV, especially if I couldn't play it before I bought it. They're consistently good quality and I prefer those pickups over the Standard pickups.
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I thought they only had the Standard model that early on. I could be wrong.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    There were Standard maple and Standard rosewood. Hardly a huge range.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Which one sounds better?

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    @Thrup'ny Bit and @Ebidis, not as many as I was thinking, at all. There were the Traditional and the first iteration of the Tex Mex, but they didn't happen until '96.
     
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    The 90s MIM Standards had some good guitars, but really there's no way around having to play one. The consistency didn't seem to really be there as much as it is now. Obviously, playing it is the best option, but otherwise it's a gamble while the new CVs are probably sure things.
     
  12. AxemanVR

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    The bulk of the criticism with the 90s-to-roughly-mid-2000 Fender MIM Standards has to do with people complaining about the pickups more than anything else as far as I recall.

    I have a 1996 Fender Standard Telecaster and I can vouch that the original pickups weren’t very inspiring - despite the rest of the guitar being generally well made. I also had a mid-90s Strat for a short while and it was fairly similar in that respect.

    In fact the poor pickup quality problem was so well-known at the time that a lot of people just automatically replaced the pickups immediately after purchasing a new MIM Standard model. Why Fender allowed this to go on so long is a bit of a mystery.

    My only other complaint is that the necks are too thin for my taste, but that’s a preference thing I suppose. They also came with veneered poplar bodies, which is not necessarily a good nor bad thing as far as I can tell. Otherwise I feel the quality of that era was more than adequate.

    Bottom line: If you don’t mind a thinner neck, replacing the pickups and can get one for a really good price, then a mid-90s Standard Fender ain’t half bad.

    My 1996 Standard Tele (which I still own):


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    Flick a coin;

    Heads-MiM, tails-CV.
     
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    Like othr models of Fenders Strat the MIM Standard slowly evolved in updates. I've never played one from that era but Bill Alston here has a good site that refers to the Standard, Mexican SSS Strats (alston-family.co.uk). Your MIM, except PUs might differ slightly from the earlier years.
    Hard to go wrong on the CVs.
     
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    Agreed. The Alnico V pickups are superior, and I prefer the medium jumbo frets.
     
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    I have not played a CV, but I never played an MIM I didn't like.
     
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    I've never played a Classic Vibe that I didn't seriously consider buying. I've played some great MIMs too, but overall they've been a bit more hit-and-miss in my experience.
     
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  19. Ian Ashdown

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    Decided to pass on the MIM Strat, going for another Squier CV. I just bought a red one a few weeks ago and absolutely love playing it, so I’m going to hope that another new one is as goo as the first. It’ll be my first ‘burst’ Strat, I generally like strong bright colors, so this one is a bit more traditional finish-wise.

    Hope Sweetwater will do the same deal as the red one for the guitar and case!

    Ian
     
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    CV over mid 90s MIM anyday.