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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 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.
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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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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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I got this as my first guitar for Christmas of 2006. I tried to teach myself on it for 2 years until I finally broke down and told my mom to get me lessons. Mine is in Sunburst and I have absolutely no complaints accept for the action was a little high for my taste now but thats not enough tho drop the rating since its easily fixable. It's a really cool looking guitar. First day at lessons and my teacher was like,"Wow, that's one sharp guitar!" It's definitely a head-turner because I get alot of compliments on the color and it's very amusing to watch people try to figure out what it is. Even with the stock pickups it's stage worthy. I took it to a gig I was playing with my uncle's band and they all loved it. Since it's discontinued I'm never selling mine :]
i had ordered this for my son last Christmas, and ordered another brand for myself.. well,he liked the one i ordered for myself so i swapped with him.. the only negative thing about the fender 51 is, there is some static in the electrical system? maybe a bad pod or cheap pickups or bad wiring.. the guitar itself plays really well for what it is..i cannot run an overdrive because of the noise, and the one clean position i can play it in without too much static reminds me of the telecaster... i truely wish it worked normally because the features have some real potential, and i like the weight.All my other guitars are kind of heavy, and i'm not as young as i used to be..maybe a change of pickups and a total rewire might get this thing useable on stage.However,there are lemons in every batch no matter what brand you use.
This was my first Electric Guitar. when I saw it in the store i fell in love, and I've been Playing it ever since. the neck is amazing, really slim, Great for soloing. pickups are great. the neck pickup CAN be noisy, but only at full volume. my has Sunburst on the front AND back! (i don't if that's uncommon) too bad it's been Discontinued, and with People going Crazy trying Buy them all. Having said that I'M NEVER SELLING MINE EVER!!!!!
I bought my kids one of these each to learn on. My son wanted somthing with a humbucker, because he,s into AC/DC, and my daughter wanted a guitar with a neck that she could get her fingers around. the 51 fits the bill perfectly,and sounds great too. I own several Squire,s and would not say no to one of these as well.
My dad bought me this guitar a few months ago and I took it to school. I needed a guitar to use for jazz band and this guitar was perfect. This guitar is so simple and sounds great! For this price it is totally worth it!
I bought one of these right before they were discontinued last year, and I'm glad I did! The Squier '51 sounds great, but I wanted to see if I could make it better, so I added some Seymours, but it's only louder. It has it's own unique tone, though when I researched it, I wanted a Tele tone.
there's no other way to put it. this guitar IS AWESOME. i have it in 2-tone sunburst and it's just amazing. this guitar is great for playing rhythm AND lead guitar. both PU's are pretty versatile, ecspecially the humbucker, because of the coil-split function. it sounds great when i split the humbucker and use the rotary tone selector to combine the single coil.i might end up replacing them though. the only 2 BAD things about it is that it has a couple scratches on the back when it was shipped to the store i bought it in, and it was manfactured in Indonesia. the neck is nice and slim for me to play chords and solo's on. overall, very nice guitar: even better for the price.
I've owned a lot of great guitars in my time, including Les Pauls, Strats, Parker Fly. My main guitar today is a fantastic Les Paul Standard, but more and more I find myself playing the Squier '51 instead. I haven't swapped out the pickups yet, but intend to do so when I have the time. I needed to have a neck setup done when I got it, but since then it has been a guitar I just cannot put down. Simply put, there is no better value for the money.
I mainly play bass, but was wanting a cheap electric...for plinking around with, to keep my fingers in shape, and as a project guitar.I like the retro look of this axe, and I was born in '51 so it was a natural. Did I get the suprise of a lifetime...out of the box..and a tuning..this little guitar...Blew me Away. I'm sitting here with a set of Seymour Duncan's I had that would work great in the guitar...but it doesn't need them. The action is great, on this guitar I didn't even find a sharp fret...the neck was perfect, the intonation was "right on"...and I can't put it down! With the five different pick up posibilities..you can get anything you would need...like the other player said " if this guitar had been made in '51 it would be worth thousands now...If you have any doubts about Squier...put them away somewhere...it's a Fender thru and thru...so it was built in Indonesia...what isn't made over seas now...I own a old Squire 4 string bass, a new Squire 5 string bass, my 11 year old is learning on a set of Squire Drums..and I now have this '51..and I am proud of all of the Squire Equipment we have and after hearing these instruments...it shuts up the people that want to know why, you didn't buy a Fender...for the price and the quality...you can't go wrong...and the little '51...has found a home!
This guitar is horrible. I gave it a 6 on features because it has a pretty cool push pull coil tap. But unless you plan on switching out the pickups, this is a very, very, low quality guitar.Straight out of the package it looked okay,but when I plugged it in all I could hear was hum. Good project guitar but thats all.