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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)
  • Push/pull coil selector switch (on master volume 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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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!

 
5.0

Squier 51 guitar

By Fretless

from New Bern, NC

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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: 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!

 
5.0

Fender/Squire

By Majorwrecks-YWOtJ

from Risingsun, OH

The Squire Line continues to expand which to me is always a good thing and Interestingly enought I happen to have a 51 P-Bass so I guess I am a bit biased ,Iv'e played the the Squire '51 and I am impressed I have lots of different guitars including a Squire Fat Tele which I love I take it to Gigs as a part of my arsenal,I think the Squire'51 is a high quality axe for the price actually theonly difference I see and feel between the Squire and thier sibling counter part is mostly cosmetic Fender tends to use higher quality material (lower blemished woods, laqer finishes,custom Paint jobs you get the point The Squire '51 will make a great axe for anyone

 
5.0

51

By Mediccliff

from West, Texas

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I bought this guitar after playing the two they had in the local music store. The one I have is blonde with a white pick-guard as by far was the best one in the store. With a little adjustment of the saddle and bumping up the single coil, it has become my main axe. Several of the guys that play together have been blown away by it and can't belive it's a SQUIRE! The push-pull control and pick-up selector were a little getting used too, but all in all, I think SQUIRE has hit on something good.

 
4.0

One of the Best

By Sean-kP71F

from Clayton, DE

I just bought this guitar. Right of the box it sounds great. I replaced the strings and fell I love with it. The distortion pickup is Awesome. The Clean pick up could use some work. But besides that it stays in tune, sounds great, and looks amazing.

 
5.0

AMAZING for the $

By sktbrdingfreak

from Winterville, NC

I bought this simply because of the beauty, blonde w/ black, stunning! I figured for th price no matter how it sounds it will look good on the wall. Well come to find out this thing actualy sounds good! Realy! The neck is nice(great for the money) totaly raw, unfinished, w/ nice grain. A REALY good fret job, no unevens, no jagged edges. No tweaks needed. The action only took a second to set and the tuners seem to stay in tune pretty well(i was surprised). The only thing is the pull switch on the volume seems a little cheap, sounds good but feels cheap. Even if i have to replace it later, not a problem. Now for the sound, the sounds you can get from this and a decent amp are seriously surprising. From nice quacks to hard rhythms, lots of variety. Different than my tele(mex) and different from my strats(one american and one mex). It plays and feels different than the tele and the strats too. The quality of the build(the parts put together, neck, body, wiring, etc) rivals my mex tele. If it had better hardware it would rival my american strat. Someone in Indo realy takes pride in building a guitar. I was SERIOUSLY AMAZED. the style, features, and price of this guitar is something everyone should know about. I LOVE mine!

 
5.0

Classic Vintage Sound

By NorCalRocker

from Napa, CA

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I currently own 21 guitars, everything from vintage Fenders to newer high-end Gibsons and Gretschs. I purchased this guitar for its looks (butterscotch) and intended it to be a project guitar. However, when it arrived, I was amazed at the quality of the instrument, so I decided to play it in stock form. It required about 15 minutes of set-up time. I plugged it into my Marshall stack and played the sound clean. I was blown away, this guitar has an amazing vintage sound, very different than my '64 Telecaster or my vintage '68 Stratocaster. I changed the strings (Silver Bullets), and left well enough alone. I loved the sound of this guitar so much, that I started gigging with it. That was +8 months ago. No problems to date with this gem. I use this guitar to play the early Tom Petty, Stones and Yarbirds (with reverb) tunes we play, as it has a real nice "jangle" tone when using the neck pick-up. I'm also using it for several of the alternative rock tunes we play, set on the bridge humberbucker and run thru my death metal pedal for a real "crunchy" sound. Since I started gigging with this guitar, many of the guitarists in bands we routinely play with have purchased a 51, and all universally love it. Squier has reached a level of quality I never expected. I'm going to buy another one as a back up, before I see Fender's name on this product and a price tag for hundreds more.

 
5.0

Incredible deal!

By David-SCYc1

from Omaha, NE

Had this one recommended by a co-worker who plays in a local band or three. He said it was an awesome guitar and he wished he had one when he was starting out. He was more than right. This is a steal for the price and will get me to practice a heck of a lot more.

 
5.0

i love this guitar

By guitar player-GqdH7

from michigan

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When I was looking around at the guitar store I was looking forward to getting a fender Strat. And as we all know those are much more money that this guitar is, but for a few hundred less this guitar kicks serious ass for just a beginner or even an experienced player. I love this guitar.

 
5.0

Squier 51

By Nympho player collecter

from austin texas

Had this same identical guitar been made in 1951 it would be worth thousands today. I bought an original in black with a one piece neck and later bought 2 modified versions in cream and sunburst with a 2 piece neck and hotter pick ups. All 3 are blemish free and really mind blowing quality for the price! As a player and collecter some 45 years now you cant go wrong on this little sweet dirty boogie guitar. Right at home with Link Ray and the Raymen or the Beach Boys, this guitar just ooozes virgin vintage Fender sound. I play them thru my little vintage Silvertone 5 watt tube amp and every time I plug it in I just get goose bumps! Pick one up at this price and either play it or put it up in the closet or under the bed and just wait! Ten years from now when a new generation of guitar players come along they are going to be searching these out.

 
5.0

Great beginner/intermediate guitar

By Dcrot1

from Overton, TX

I just bought one of these a few weeks ago and have been very pleased with the one I received. The fit and finish on this guitar were better than expected, I really couldn't believe it after what I paid for this one. I have owned a few different guitars by jackson, kramer, and peavey... all of which cost me alot more than I paid for this little gem. I must say I like the tone of this squier better than any of my previous guitars. It's not perfect, but I would say you would be HARD pressed to find a better deal at a bill and a half. So, IMO..., if you are looking to conserve the cash flow, but want a solid guitar... this one fits the bill.

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