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Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue 

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It’s a value priced version of one of Fender’s newest designs. Like the Fender version, it offers the best of both worlds: a combination of classic d...Read More

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It's the guitar you've been wanting, for a price that's easy. Now with more finish options.

It’s a value priced version of one of Fender’s newest designs. Like the Fender version, it offers the best of both worlds: a combination of classic design and modern features. With a 24-3/4" scale length, a small, contoured body, vintage-style tremolo, and a single coil/humbucker pickup configuration, this is a great instrument for any player or musical style. Alder body. Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Medium jumbo frets.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Single-coil neck pickup
  • Humbucker bridge pickup
  • Master tone, master volume
  • 3-way pickup switch
  • Synchronized tremolo

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SquierCyclone Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Versatile Little Guitar for the Expert OR Beginner

It's great for literally any style of music. Whether you're playing in your church or in a local punk band, it's perfect for you. It's one of the most versatile instruments I've ever...Read complete review

It's great for literally any style of music. Whether you're playing in your church or in a local punk band, it's perfect for you. It's one of the most versatile instruments I've ever played. Expect to be amazed.
The Lake Placid Blue finish is flawless. It really meshes well with the pearloid pickguard. The tuners hold up very well, especially for a "budget" instrument. The knobs and pots are fine. I only wish that the input jack were side mounted as opposed to a top mount. However, this can be taken care of with a couple of modifications if one wished to do so. The guitar is also surprisingly heavy (weight-wise).

The neck is fine for my hands, but some may find it to be on the thicker side. I've always liked a fat neck, so it's perfect for me. Some of the frets were unlevel, but I always take my new guitars to a pro and let them set it up for me, so this was not a huge problem and was remedied quickly.

The single coil pickup in the neck position is really jangly and sounds great clean, especially with some chorus and/or reverb. Through an acoustic simulator pedal, it sounds especially beautiful. When overdriven, the single coil sings with a unique tone that I can't compare to anything else. Awesome is the only word that comes to mind.

The humbucker is amazingly hot. Switching between the too pickups is like night and day. On a clean setting, the pickup is very twangy; Overdriven, the thing rivals any high output humbucker on the market.

In the middle position, you get an almost out-of-phase-like Strat tone... You know, that Richie Valens/SRV-like tone. This is my favorite setting when playing through a clean channel. It's perfect for blues players.
I must stress, as with any purchase of a "brand-new" guitar, that you take it to a professional and have them set it up for you. I've found very few guitars that are set up correctly out of the box. I've seen too many people buy brand new guitars only to cast them off as "cheap" or "unplayable" and then find out that they haven't had the instrument set up and were just going off of how the guitar was set up at the factory.

That being said, this guitar is an amazing value for the price. However, don't expect it, or any brand new guitar, to be set up perfectly when it arrives at your doorstep. Also, expect to pay around $45-$50 to have it set up for you. When my Cyclone arrived, I immediately took it to the guy who sets up all my guitars and had him set it up. Specifically, he said that the frets were unlevel, the intonation was off, and several other adjustments were needed. I'm metioning this in the review not to criticize the instrument, but to further solidify the fact that you NEED to get your new guitars checked out and set up by a pro.

Now, my guitar is perfect and I wouldn't trade it for a "real" Fender that costs four times as much.
Best value for your buck. I've owned $1,000 guitars that weren't this nice. The Cyclone is also perfect for guys who want an instrument that they can tweak and modify themselves; the thing was built to be rodded out like an old muscle car. Haha.

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Average at this price... but still fun!

Not a bad little instrument, especially for the price. Mine had a few issues, as expected. I have a few guitars in this price range, and none of them were perfect. Read complete review

Not a bad little instrument, especially for the price. Mine had a few issues, as expected. I have a few guitars in this price range, and none of them were perfect.

The paint around the neck pocket has an edge to it on mine, and you can see some green paint/filler. I almost sent it back. Don't be surprised if yours has a few finish flaws. The humbucker was extremely microphonic until I potted it in wax. Like other reviewers, I think its too hot. The neck pickup is nice.

Any guitar at this price probably needs a setup. Mine did-- action way too high, intonation off, tremolo so stiff that it wouldn't budge. Needed new strings right away-- mine were visibly kinked.

The best aspects of the Cyclone are the tuners and the bridge. The tuners are on par with my 2011 Standard Strat. The bridge saddles appear to be Fender parts. Nice. It is well balanced, and the neck is comfortable and fast-- especially with the slightly shorter scale.

Overall, if you want a perfect guitar out of the box, I'm sure MF would be happy to sell you a more expensive instrument. If you want a fun guitar for a change of pace, and don't mind the chance of a little issue here or there, go for it.

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3.0

Good guitar to learn on.

By phil phil

from Pittsburgh pa

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

I had this guitar for a year and then sold it because it. The guitar was realy fun to play but dosent have a good enough tone to play live. The output jack was installed badly and would move around and broke the electronics twice. The tremelo arm was a wasted feature because the tuners weren't very good.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Quality Retro Guitar

By goodnoize51

from Santa Fe, NM

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

The squier cyclone is a unique looking retro guitar with a kind of jangle like surf sound. True I am a die hard 80's headbanger with my jcm 800 halfstack and my kramer striker, but I like to play Duane Eddy and Ventures songs when I'm relaxing. This guitar certainly will give me that! When i play the squier cyclone thru my 1970s musicman head, it is the 1960s again! Especially when played with a clean tone with some tremolo and spring reverb.The guitar has good playability and is built with quality construction. I found no complaints with the pickups or electronics. Whatever they put in there works fine and sounds good! However, not a suitable guitar for metal, punk maybe. I got the blue one and it is good looking indeed. And the glittery pickguard adds a nice touch! I saw the guitar player for Wall Of VooDoo playing one of these on Urg!! A Music War, his was the Fender Model which isn't available anymore, but the squier is just as good. Tremolo may need one spring taken out as it is very hard to push the vibrato bar down and action may have to be set just a little bit because there are a few buzzes, but do this and it will be a guitar you will wanna' keep for life. Better get one before they're gone!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value. Fun guitar

By Gtrandsax

from Butler, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Single Coil

Cons

  • Fret Level

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

This guitar is an excellent value. Probably the perfect starter guitar due to it's good looks, easy playability, shorter scale, and great sound. However, I have 30 guitars up to very expensive ones and bought this one for fun and have been playing it a lot. It is definitely a gig worthy instrument. The single coil sounds great and the humbucker is usable but something with more low/midrange focus would be nicer. The guitar needs a fret level to play perfect but this is true of almost every guitar as well.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hands down best guitar for the price

By Benjamin Bear

from Orlando, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

    I spent a lot of time looking at different guitars before settling on this one. It was a dream to play with just some minor setup (can't expect miracles when shipping a guitar in a cardboard box), and got even better once I changed out the pickups (Lace Sensor Blue and Seymour Duncan SH4) and bridge saddles (which are actual Fender saddles, I just wanted a different style).

    You get an added bonus of the middle position switching the pickups out of phase, a typically custom mod added stock.

    I feel like I have my own signature guitar, and I paid far less than I would have trying to build or modify another guitar.

    I kind of want another one to throw different pickups in, the body is swimming pool routed so you could put whatever you wanted in there just by changing the pickguard.

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    5.0

    squire cyclone guitar

    By TERRY

    from HUDSON, FLORIDA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

      NICE GUITAR. SET UP PERFECT RIGHT OUT OF BOX.
      CHANGED STRINGS. I ALWAYS DO. PICKUPS SOUND GREAT.
      SHOWED TO SOME FRIENDS AND THEY ALSO LIKED IT.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Neck, bridge and nut not aligned,

      By Unhappy Mom

      from ABQ NM

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Gibson Scale

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

      Bridge and nut not aligned. Bass side strings fall off higher up the neck.

      Was too late to get a replacement, better quality control needed. Unhappy.

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      4.0

      nice guitar with proper set up

      By The G Man

      from Cazenovia NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Very playable

      Cons

      • Required A Lot Of Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

      guitar is pretty nice for the price. I spent two hours changing out the strings, resetting the neck and adjusting the intonation. I don't like the tremolo set up. Pretty stiff, but I don't really use it that much anyway. Overall this is not a bad little guitar. The neck is satin and plays fast, the scale is short and fits my sausage fingers well. The pick ups are not super hot but ya know what, it still sounds pretty good through my little Vox tube amp. I would definitely recommend this instrument.

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      4.0

      old man says WOW

      By owl

      from auburn, Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Very Nice Sunburst

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

        tuned it up. played it, fine tuned it, adjusted pick-ups, played it lots more...about an hour...already thinking about ordering another

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        solid guitar looks better in person.

        By phil phil

        from Pittsburgh pa

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good strings
        • Good Tone
        • Tremelo Arm
        • Very Good Quality

        Cons

        • Only Has One Tone Control

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

        This is a realy good guitar. its only problem is not many people like how it looks. I did not when I ordered it but when it came it looked a lot better . The price is fantastic because its like a fender stratocaster but cheaper. Definetley think about the cyclone when you want to get a new guitar.

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        (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Save Your Money

        By Keith Leather

        from New York

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • A Bargain With Cool Looks

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Ugly Wood Joints On Body

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

          Sweet looks, a bargain, but save your money and get a mexican Fender used. It's way better.

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