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Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar   

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

It' a value priced version of one of Fender' 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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Versatile Little Guitar for the Expert OR Beginner

By Pat ChoKo

from VA

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Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For those who want something a little unique for a little price.

By BrainHag

from Oregon

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Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

I've had the Cyclone for about a week. I really like it! It's great to have a guitar like it around to jam on and not worry too much about dinging it. It's fantastic for a starter or a starting point for modding.
First off, the guitar has some interesting sounding pickups. The bridge humbucker is really ready for a high gain sound. If you select both, you'll get a decent twang and if you select the neck... there isn't a whole lot of difference from the middle. In my opinion, it has a decent sound in each setting, but probably won't appeal to everyone. For this price, PUP upgrades are pretty doable for most.
The bridge is fully functional and works fine, but is nothing to write home about. The 3-way toggle switch has some play, but also works fine. The tuning machines seem pretty solid so far. I actually really like the neck. It has a very smooth satin finish. Pretty simple guitar, but has everything you need jam out!
The quality is quite surprising for the price. The finish is very nice (mine is Lake Placid Blue). It seems like the Fender designers have figured out how to cut costs as much as they can without making a poor quality guitar. Don't get me wrong, you won't be blown away, but you'll be far from disappointed. Well, if you are, you shouldn't be shopping in this price range!
It seems pretty "basic" when you first play it, but the more you do, the more you'll appreciate that you payed such a small price for so much fun!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice guitar

By paul lopez

from fresno ca.

Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

over all its a must buy.
tone ,volume,pickup selector,two pickups
1. tuners are good quality no need to replace i played for an hour and it was still in tune even with new strings but check the bolt tightness mine were loose...
2.headstock is good except one spot that needed more sanding .
3.neck has nice wood and rosewood fingerboard.
4.frets are good except ends need filing for sharp fret ends.
5.pickups are totally nice no need to replace them they have a soul that fits well.
6.very nice mother of pearl pickguard flawless.
7.very sturdy knobs for volume and tone i tried to pull them off and i couldnt and they look great.
8.toggle switch is like gibson style very nice touch.
9.my cord plug in was loose i tightened.
10.the intonation was off i set it correct.
11.string height was good.
12.i set the bridge springs looser so it would float which sounds better and it stays tuned fine..

all in all i love this guitar and i will get another one soon for the price this is a great deal.
just make sure you know how to set it up or you know someone to set it up
or take it to a good luthier but once it's set up you have good guitar that will last forever.
to me the value is big bang for the buck.
i know good guitars this is one.
this is a must buy guitar dont let it get away.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Guitar

Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

I sold the guitar only because it was too heavy for me, otherwise I would have really really enjoyed the guitar. I would buy this guitar again in a heart beat if I could gaurantee the weight would be reasonable.
I bought the red one, although that blue sure does look nice.

Things I like:
24 3/4 scaleOffset bodySingle Coil / Humbucker pickup configuration.

Things I don't like:Switching selection (I would have liked to have seen more switching options, but it is a cheap, as in money not quality, guitar so what do you expect.)Pick-ups didn't sound that great.The guitar weight made it feel like a board anchor
The guitar was in excellent condition. The paint job was flawless. The neck was perfect. Everything was clean and unblemished.
This is a great value. If you don't like it as is you can have a nice platform for modding. It is not often that a good looking, well made offset guitar comes in at this price. This really is a no brainer!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More than I expected !

By Bad Monkey Tee

from florida

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Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

I bought this for My Grandson as a starter guitar thinking I would go through it ( set action, change pickups , level frets ) and to My surprise there was nothing I needed to do . Its a very versitile guitar with smooth and raunchy sounds . Out of the box it had low action with No buzz . The price is very good and th quality of guitars costing much more / THe only thing that lacks is the finish on the neck , its very thin . I would rather see a vintage vibe type of finish ( poly amber ) instead of the basic seal finish , I would pay more ! But over all its a perfect starter guitar .

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Low coat delight

By Jimmy

from Madison, WI

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Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

No surprises here. A quality low cost instrument. Nice player. Great change of pace. Love the blue color!
Love the single coil, and the combo (middle) setting. The 'bucker is a little hot for my tastes. The tone control is really a treble roll-off. At "0" setting, the tone is pretty muddy.
High quality build. Good paint job. Well crafted neck and fingerboard. Seems to stay in tune. Nicely balanced. East to handle. Light weight.
Low cost -- nearly an impulse purchase! Excellent value. Free shipping was great, too.

(5 of 6 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!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Second time around

By Forest Man

from PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

    Well this is my second one of these. After waiting for year for the lake placid blue to become available, my wife bought one for me for Christmas. I had a black one and did a review back in the summer. This new production is definitely a bit higher quality. Smoother frets, no pealing plastic on the pick guard, and still the same great feel and tone. I originally wanted a mustang but I don't like the large egg shaped bridge that to me looks a bit out of place on the smaller bodied guitar. Plus I would have modded it to be a single/humbucker anyway and really love the out of phase wiring vs the switches that I always scrape my knuckles on. I know that it sounds funny to say about such an inexpensive guitar but it really is a dream guitar. I always loved mustangs but for 4-5 times the cost plus all the mods I would need to do, I would have ended up turning it into this guitar anyway. Love it!

    Grab 'em while you can. If this goes back to a Fender production then you can expect it to jump in cost considerably and it won't be much better in quality.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Modder's dream

    By 11011011

    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Needed Setup
    • Rough Fretwork
    • Sketchy Bridge

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

    The bridge pickup is pretty hot, with a decent tone for most uses. Surprising for this price point. The neck pickup is a little thin and flat for my tastes, so I replaced it with a white Lace Sensor Silver which is pretty cheap, and looks sharp.

    Upgrading the neck pickup, I was surprised to find the cavity under the pickguard is routed in a big rectangle under the pickup area. This means adding or changing pickups in a radical way is super easy; just cut a new hole in the pickguard to mount your pickups... no routing! The electronics are fine for this price range, and surprisingly clean: no messy wires, good solder points, simple wiring (with lots of slack in the wires, nice).

    The neck is natural (no finish), but well made and required very little setup. The back of the neck could be a little smoother though, I ended up sanding it with fine grit paper and a buffing pad to slick it up. The fret work is good for this price range, but I ended up dressing the edges a bit for my tastes. Also, there were a few high frets which needed adjusting to get the low action I like. The bridge is the only serious annoyance for me. It's workable, but typical for low end guitars (and last on my list of upgrades).

    Out of the box, it's a great guitar for the price. With a little work (or a trip to your local guitar tech) and an upgrade or two, and you end up with a solid, fun guitar that's very gig-worthy for a bargain price.

    I only wish the US distributors carried the full line of colors available in this factory run, including: graffiti yellow, pink, fiesta red, sonic blue and surf green (and a couple others). MF please add more colors for the next run! :)

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Squier Cyclone

    By Axcrafter

    from Mercer, PA

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    Comments about Squier Cyclone Electric Guitar:

    It would be nice if it had dual volumes,especially considering the 2 different styles of pickups,and the fact that the 250K volume is probably limiting the output of the humbucker,to some extent. It really is a great value,though,and issues like pickguard & plate screws that fail to tighten,can be easily fixed. I'm a sucker for Lake Placid Blue finishes,and this one is beautiful,but a little tweaking has turned this guitar into a great player,too. Recommended.
    I actually bought it for the features,which include the Gibson scale length,22 medium jumbo frets,single coil & humbucking pickups,sealed tuners & traditional vibrato. The neck is fairly slim,and the overall design balances well & allows excellent access to the upper frets. Made in Indonesia.
    The fit & finish are well done;the neck pocket is tight,the hardware seems solid,and the neck & body finishes are well-applied,with minimal flaws. The fret ends aren't sharp,though they could use a little rounding over,but 2 ends were slightly lifted & needed to be seated. One tuner wouldn't tighten properly,but the rest were fine. One of the TUSQ-style nut slots needed filing,but it's otherwise a good fit. The neck dots are installed accurately,though the face dots are a little dull looking. The pots are Alpha & the jack is generic,but seem solid enough. The "swimming pool" pickup route & the electronics cavity are both coated with shielding paint,though I didn't check it for continuity. The vibrato is very stiff,mainly due to the 3 heavy springs;it works much better with 2 springs in a fan pattern. It came strung with a 9-42 set & the bridge does feel solid enough.
    A great value,considering how well it plays,the sound of the stock pickups,the stability of the vibrato system & the overall feel when strapped on;it's solid,but not too heavy & has a good resonance for a guitar at this price point.

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