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Squier '51 Electric Guitar   

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The Squier '51 Electric Guitar combines a classic body with a Tele headstock and a '51-style P Bass pickguard for a clean, unique look. Despite its s...Click To Read More About This Product

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A value-priced screamer offering unique looks and functionality.

The Squier '51 Electric Guitar combines a classic body with a Tele headstock and a '51-style P Bass pickguard for a clean, unique look. Despite its simple appearance it is a hard-rock monster with a 25-1/2" scale, hardtail bridge, and tonal possibilities galore via a rotary selector, push-pull coil tap, and single-coil/humbucker pickup array.

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • C-shaped maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard with 9-1/2" radius
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 1.650" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Hardtail 6-saddle bridge
  • One-ply pickguard
  • Single-coil Strat pickup (neck)
  • Hot humbucking pickup (bridge)
  • 3-position rotary selector switch (on master tone pot)
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4.8

(based on 149 reviews)

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Squier 51 guitar

I feel Squier's "Vintage Modified" line offer some of the most interesting guitars in Squier's (and indeed Fender's) stable; and this is one of the coolest. It's in good company:...Read complete review

I feel Squier's "Vintage Modified" line offer some of the most interesting guitars in Squier's (and indeed Fender's) stable; and this is one of the coolest. It's in good company: Teles with P-90's or covered humbuckers and independent controls; 24"-scale Jagmaster; the Cobain-ish Cyclone; and more.I got one mine from a bandmate, in trade for an OE-30... we're both happy. I will be painting mine Surf Green as he chose the plain black finish, which I find drab. I like the other two finishes; but being a trade, I got his choice.He found the controls confusing, especially the leap in volume when disengaging the coil-tap. I find the controls very user-friendly, though to me the rotary selector is backwards-to-intuitive... got used to this in minutes. The coil tap is fun, and unexpected in this price range. It's very simple: In=high-output bridge humbucker; Out=medium-output bridge single coil. Turn up the reverb, and if you don't mind the lack of a whammy bar, the tapped bridge PU is great for Surf and 50's music.This was probably just luck of the draw, but my 51 came with the best-finished frets and neck of any Squier I've seen; in fact better than recent Mex-Fenders. It's actually one-piece, not a glued-on maple fretboard; with skunk-stripe. The radius feels more like 14" than the advertised vintage 9-1/2". A true 9-1/2" radius would give it even more of a vintage feel. As it is, it looks and feels more like a Fender Vintage Classic than a bargain-priced Squier.Just remove the pickguard to adjust the neck PU height-- it's easy on this one, as the controls are under a separate plate.Downside: the bridge and saddles are the same as the Mini's and other hardtail Indonesian Squiers. The bridge plate is fine; but those saddles, marked "Sung-il 002" on the underside (Korean origin?), are bad juju. The posts are a loose fit, so the string vibrations make them vibrate upwards, get loose, and buzz like crazy. Replace the saddles with almost anything, including the saddles from cheaper Chinese Squiers (which take a larger Allen-size, so save those little Allen-wrenches!), and you'll see improvement. This guitar deserves better saddles. If you buy saddles, make sure they're for a 2-1/16" string spread.The mellow-ish sound of the 51 is caused by the string-through-bridge design. If you want more of that "Tele-bite", convert the guitar to string-through-body. You need only a set of ferrules (sold by Fender, Stew-Mac, others), a drill press, plus planning and care. Make sure the string-ground wire is functional when you're done-- you'll see it when you unscrew the bridge. Mount steel saddles (with Strat-length screws) if you want still more bite. It's cheaper than replacing the pickups, and will probably achieve the desired result.For those wanting a whammy bar, check out the Squier Cyclone. Its pickups are similar, though without the coil tap. It's slightly pricier, more of a "60's vibe" (vs. 51's "early-to-mid-50's vibe"), 24-3/4" scale (vs. 51's 25-1/2"), and a 6-point tremolo with vintage-style bent-steel saddles. I wish one could buy the Cyclone narrow-vintage saddles separately--they'd go very nicely on the 51. Warning: Fender Acc's vintage saddles are too wide for the 51's spacing.In summary, I concur with Guitar Players' "Editor's Pick" award... this bargain-priced guitar has cool retro-50's vibe with a Q-ship-like hidden weapon, the hairy-chested tappable humbucker. It's downside features are relatively easy to modify or replace, and the design is a natural for hot-rodding. Have fun!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

somewhat dissapointed

I recevied this gutiar in the mail not too long after I ordered it. So like any guitar you buy, you go about making adjustments to your preference right? Well, first I changed...Read complete review

I recevied this gutiar in the mail not too long after I ordered it. So like any guitar you buy, you go about making adjustments to your preference right? Well, first I changed the strings to ernie ball super slinkys. I didn't expect the strings to be any good. Then when I was about to adjust the single coil pick up I discovered something rather annoying. There are no screws on the single coil pickup to adjust the height. (at least not on the sunburst) and it is also randomly like that on the others. I'm not sure why they made it like that, but it doesnt make much sense. I've heard people say that this guitar can sound like an american strat. Well, I own a squier affinity strat and it can't even sound like that. Its not a bad guitar,the whole telecaster twangy tone is probably do to the inability to adjust the single coil neck pickup. I guess its just a flaw in design. Also right when I took it out of the box I pulled the coil tap (very very gently I might add too)and it just popped off. That didn't bother me so much, its kind of what I expect from a squier guitar. But still, there is no reason for there not to be any screws on each end of the single coil pickup. That just doesn't make any sense. This problem may be overcome if your willing to stick a seymour duncan in there. But still once its there, you cannot adjust the height. Which again does not make any sense. I've considered returning it, but I dunno I guess I'm just lazy.Basically, it sounds twangy, country sounding. Def. not my style. I guess thats what I get for not playing a guitar before i bought it.

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3.0

somewhat dissapointed

By poppa reed

from zebulon, NC

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I recevied this gutiar in the mail not too long after I ordered it. So like any guitar you buy, you go about making adjustments to your preference right? Well, first I changed the strings to ernie ball super slinkys. I didn't expect the strings to be any good. Then when I was about to adjust the single coil pick up I discovered something rather annoying. There are no screws on the single coil pickup to adjust the height. (at least not on the sunburst) and it is also randomly like that on the others. I'm not sure why they made it like that, but it doesnt make much sense. I've heard people say that this guitar can sound like an american strat. Well, I own a squier affinity strat and it can't even sound like that. Its not a bad guitar,the whole telecaster twangy tone is probably do to the inability to adjust the single coil neck pickup. I guess its just a flaw in design. Also right when I took it out of the box I pulled the coil tap (very very gently I might add too)and it just popped off. That didn't bother me so much, its kind of what I expect from a squier guitar. But still, there is no reason for there not to be any screws on each end of the single coil pickup. That just doesn't make any sense. This problem may be overcome if your willing to stick a seymour duncan in there. But still once its there, you cannot adjust the height. Which again does not make any sense. I've considered returning it, but I dunno I guess I'm just lazy.Basically, it sounds twangy, country sounding. Def. not my style. I guess thats what I get for not playing a guitar before i bought it.

 
2.0

Product page is loaded with WAY too many 5-star ratings.

By m1ckDELTA

from City of Angels

Verified Reviewer

I had to send the first one back; still waiting for a replacement. The front knob came off in my hand, the screws attaching the PG to the body were screwed in at angles, the tuners were loose...

Perhaps any one thing alone would have been forgivable but all three on the same instrument spells trouble. Another thing that could spell trouble is when a review section is stacked with 5-star ratings, only a few one star ratings, zero 3-star and 2- two star ratings, and a handful of 4-star ratings.

The neck on the one I sent back was straight, though, and felt good in the hand which is why I ordered a replacement instead of a refund. We shall see.

 
5.0

Soooo Much Mojo So little Money

By SJB-WhYGv

from NJ

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This is such a superb playing, feeling, sounding guitar. It really nails the Fender sound, with a stinging humbucker tone thrown in for kicks. The vintage blonde (more like TV Yellow) is so late sixties looking that I thought it was my Mom's old kitchen appliances color when I was growing up -- so nostalgic and cool.

 
5.0

The best cheap guitar - ever?

By Mike-GNK8Z

from Royal Oak, MI

I ordered one of these on a whim, having heard some good reviews, and with plans for tweaking. I wasn't expecting much, and I was really surprised at how nice it is. Mine came setup reasonably well, looked great, sounded good, and played really well. The assembly and finish is really nice, and it has no sharp edges, bad frets, or other issues. The neck is not huge, but is substantial. I would call it a "meduim C." My other guitars are mostly Fender and Gibson custom shop models, and it is amazing how well this guitar compares. It sounds good stock, but I've changed the pickups and tweaked the wiring a bit, and now it sounds great. I have to say that I am amazed at how much you get for this little bit of money. It is not as good as my other guitars, but if they were gone, I could easily play this as my main guitar. Highly recommended.

 
5.0

Great deal!!

By DukeofIbanez

from Fort Drum, NY

I was expecting much when I ordered the '51, but this is a great deal for any guitar player. After set-up and a better set of strings it sounded amazing. I haven?t messed with the electronics in it yet, but there is no need to. I have an old Seymour Duncan bridge pickup I might throw in there later. There are FIVE different pickup selections that any guitar player would love to have.

 
3.0

Not very good quality

By The Dominator

from LA, CA

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I played this at guitar center and I was very skeptical to begin with. I picked it up to play it and it was very sharp sounding unplugged. The tuners were smooth, but when I plugged it in I was shocked by the loose pots and bland p/u's. It sounded like a cheap guitar but it also felt like a cheap guitar. good price though.6 for features because the coil tap makes ver little difference.4 for quality cause it was crappily made7 for value cause of the sweet price5 overall

 
5.0

go buy one!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Owned fender strat, gibson les paul, ibanez, etc. this guitar rocks!! sounds great and plays excellent. worth the money. at least. I tried prs, fenders for about the same price , dont come close. buy one now!!

 
5.0

It's Alright!

By Tin Knocker

from Albuquerque, NM

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Just received the Squire '51 in 2 tone. The finish and quality is good. Nice looking / feeling guitar. Some adjustments were needed to set it up right: Changed the strings out to 10's. Slight truss rod adjustment and the intonation was a tad off but in 30 minutes I had this puppy crankin' through a Line 6 and it sounds and plays good. Neck is smooth and fast, the action now where I like it and after beating it up a bit held tune well. For the price and a little personal customization you can't go wrong buying this guitar. Not a lot of cash but you want something fun and that sounds cool? Get it!

 
5.0

simply amazing..

By eric-0xCpQ

from Pennsylvania

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this is the best guitar for a beginner. this was my first guitar. i love it and still play it. it has a great tone and sounds great with a wah-wah pedal. it has a nice neck and a cool headstock. one bad thing is that it doesn't stay in tune very well. besides that it's the best. i think its a must-buy.

 
5.0

awesome

By bombs

from Tucson, AZ

I have to say, im very impressed. A great guitar for less than *** bucks? I thought it wasnt possible, but i have been proved wrong. Not only is it a very nice looking guitar, it is also very well built and solid. As far as the sound and versatility of this instrument, you couldnt ask for more in this price range. Unlike Epiphone pickups, which happen to usually be really muddy and cheap sounding, you could probably get by with just this bridge pickup. If not, it also has a coil tap for the humbucker. I could see someone wanting to replace them for something more complex or evil sounding, but even then this is a great bargain. I think ill buy two more in the other colors so i can take them on the road and beat them up. Beleive me, this guitar can take it!

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