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A winning combination of contoured form and streamlined electronics.

The Squier '51 returns in a hot new Vintage Modified model that delivers all the great style and features of the original value-priced screamer of the mid 2000s. All of the '51s enormous tonal versatility is back, with a powerful SH pickup configuration, rotary pickup selector, push-pull coil tap and more.

Features include a basswood body, satin-finish maple neck with "C"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, single-coil Stratocaster neck pickup and hot humbucking bridge pickup, knurled "chrome dome" master volume control knob that also functions as a push-pull bridge pickup coil-selector switch (full humbucking or inner coil only for single-coil bridge pickup tone), knurled "chrome dome" three-position rotary pickup selector switch (in place of a tone control knob), single-ply white pickguard (black pickguard on Vintage Blonde model) and six-saddle hard-tail bridge. Case sold separately

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Satin-finish maple neck with "C"-shaped profile
  • 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Single-coil Stratocaster neck pickup and hot humbucking bridge pickup
  • Master volume control push-pull bridge pickup coil-selector switch
  • Three-position rotary pickup selector switch
  • Single-ply white pickguard (black pickguard on Vintage Blonde model)
  • 6-saddle hard-tail bridge
  • Case sold separately

Get five distinct tones without using a tone control. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Squier '51

  • Body
    Body Material: Basswood
    Body Finish: Gloss Poly
    Body Shape: Stratocaster
    Neck
    Neck Material: Maple
    Neck Finish: Satin Poly
    Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241mm)
    Number of Frets: 21
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
    Position Inlays: Black Dot
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Hot Humbucking
    Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
    Controls: Master Volume, 3-Position Rotary
    Pickup Switching: 3-Position Rotary Pickup Selector Switch: Position 1. Neck Pickup (Full Clockwise) Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (Middle) Position 3. Bridge Pickup (Full Counterclockwise)
    Pickup Configuration: HS
    Special Electronics: Push/Pull Coil Selector Switch (On Master Volume Pot): Normal Position: Full Bridge Humbucking Pickup Up Position: Inside Coil of Bridge Humbucking Pickup
    Hardware
    Bridge: Hard-Tail 6-Saddle
    Hardware Finish: Chrome
    Tuning Machines: Standard Die-Cast
    Pickguard: 1-Ply White
    Miscellaneous
    Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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Vintage Modified Squier '51
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TWANG

THIS GUITAR WAS A REAL SURPRISE. YOU LOOK AT IT AND THINK STRAT, BUT IT COME OFF TELE. IT HAS MORE TWANG FOR THE BUCK THAN MOST .THE "TRADITIONAL TONE CONTROL...Read complete review

THIS GUITAR WAS A REAL SURPRISE. YOU LOOK AT IT AND THINK STRAT, BUT IT COME OFF TELE. IT HAS MORE TWANG FOR THE BUCK THAN MOST .THE "TRADITIONAL TONE CONTROL POT" DOES'NT EXIST BUT, YOU HAVE A THREE POSITION PICKUP KNOB THAT GIVES YOU THREE TONES PLUS ANOTHER PUSH PULL POT(COIL SPLITTER) ON THE VOLUME TO ADD TWO MORE TONES. OVERALL IT IS BRIGHT. BUT YOU CAN CONTROL THAT AT THE AMP IF MORE BASS IS NEEDED. A REFRESHING ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION.

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love the style but quality suffers

I love the fact that is the strat body...which makes it easy to reach the upper regions of the neck, plus the contours make it comfortable to hold....its got a...Read complete review

I love the fact that is the strat body...which makes it easy to reach the upper regions of the neck, plus the contours make it comfortable to hold....its got a great look... Im just a hobbyist that jams at the local blues clubs but been playing on and off for 40 yrs....I am disappointed in the quality of the guitar though..the fret ends are semi rough(not polished at all) and while I was setting it up the allen wrench that was supplied with the guitar to adjust the string height just spins inside the allen screws....overall its just a good looking ok guitar that once reworked would be really nice... they should have charged the same as the cv series and upgraded it to that level (used the cv Tele neck for example) I have the cv 50s Tele and it is miles above this

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Needs a little work, but has what I want

By mv

from Moore, OK

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

    Overall, I really like this guitar. Is made of basswood, not my fav, but for this guitar it works fine. Biggest problem is getting the bridge to stay mounted flush. I used a small dab of wood glue along with a pieces of toothpick into the screw holes to be able to tighten the bridge screws tight enough to hold it to the body-the bridge was lifting off the body when I received the guitar. I really like the bridge: it is string through and has slots for the outer 2 saddle screws so they cannot move around. That always bothered me about most fender type guitars, how the saddles could move around effecting intonation.

    I replaced the nut with a graphite pro-line nut, fit well with little modification to the nut and was worth it for the added tuning stability and better tone.

    The tuners seem acceptable, I may upgrade to standard Fender or Fender locking.

    I like the pickups. Had to take off pickguard to be able to raise the neck pickup-added a piece of foam underneath the pickup. Only thing I wish is that the bridge pickup had adjustable pole pieces on at least one side so I could match it to the string radius.

    No tone knob is fine for me, I just turn down the volume a little to help tame.
    I did replace the push pull volume knob with one that had an adjustment screw to hold it on, as the one it came with kept pulling off.

    I like the neck. It is a little thicker than a modern C, but still very comfortable to play. Also really like the light satin finish on back of neck, seems faster than the thick poly that is put on a lot Squier/Fender guitars.

    I would buy another if they go on clearance like they did with the first run. I have the 2 tone burst color, but still would like the blonde with black pickguard.

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    5.0

    Top in class

    By Dennisio

    from Summerhill, PA

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    Pros

    • Balanced
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Pleasantly light

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All-around all-purpose winner

      Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

      I bought a scratch and dent. Small nick on back is of no consequence, the guitar is like new.

      I received an Indonesian model of high quality, and it immediately became one of my favorites.

      Fantastic value, I'm ready to buy another in a different color.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Update to review on 3/12/16

      By PhredE

      from Portland, OR

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      Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

      I just wanted to offer a footnote to my earlier review in hopes this will help other VM51 purchasers and current owners. Even after a thorough detailed fret leveling and polishing (and numerous truss rod, saddle height adjustments..). I was STILL getting some unsettling resonances. So, I began checking other things that one might not typically suspect and, voila!, I encountered two basic and easily correctable things people might want to know about.

      Let me offer a bit of background first. The body is made of Basswood (aka Linden, in many parts of the US). It is a rather soft hardwood and is not very dense/hard -- relatively speaking. It still, however, is a very good choice for a body (in my opinion). It is possible that the pieces are not completely dried before final assembly and some slight drying/shrinkage might occur after assembly and painting. ..I am guessing, these factors underlie the problems I found on my VM51.
      Long story short: the nuts fastening the tuners in place were either grossly under-torqued or just plain loose. Easy enough to correct, and this helped somewhat... But, the bigger issue was the screws fastening the bridge tailpiece to the body were also not sufficiently tightened. Once I tightened all those nuts/screws up (but not OVER tightening them -- as basswood is relatively soft..), the weird resonances went away and this thing rings clean and true up and down the fretboard on every string. Funny thing is, I thought I checked those immediately after I got the VM51 and am usually careful about those things.. but, maybe I didn't (???) or maybe they had just loosened up during the 10 months or so I was playing it... (not really sure).

      Hope this helps! Have fun with your VM51! I love mine now.

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      5.0

      Yes I would buy this product again

      By Pooch the picker

      from Lebanon Virginia

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

        Personal enjoyment. Jam sessions, playing with family

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very good (with small qualifiers..)

        By PhredE

        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

          I purchased a tobacco burst VM51 in May 2015. Accordingly, I've had a fair amount of time to setup/tweak/re-tweak this guitar, and my opinion is.. a qualified "thumb's up". Overall, I really like it and recommend it -- it has loads of potential, especially considering the reasonable price.

          Good characteristics include: lightweight, comfortable, good quality wood/paint/finish (structurally and aesthetically), decent-to-good sounding tone-wise, good quality tuners, very nicely shaped and comfortable neck, surprisingly simple but flawless packaging and transport to my door, etc.

          Two things were disappointing: The initial setup left quite a lot to be desired. I adjusted truss rod and saddle heights and intonation, and eventually got it setup to my liking. The really big problem was with uneven fret height(s) and string buzzes. These were particularly bad on high E and B strings and tended to be worst in the lower reaches near the nut. Figuring a 179 guitar was not worth investing 100-150 to professionally setup, I decided to tackle the fret issue myself.* After leveling and polishing the frets, I can say now that this thing REALLY KICKS MAJOR BUTT. The buzzes and weird resonances are gone, and this thing has a great variety of tones.

          Wish list: Better pots/switches, better output jack/plate, a split-coil humbucker that offers a bit better clarity and definition tone-wise.

          Bottom line: I am really glad I bought the VM51 (I am also equally glad I tackled the fret issue myself). It is working good and sounding great. If you're willing to take on some of the 'unfinished business' that the factory leaves to the new owner, I'd say jump right in and get one.

          * I won't go into the details of doing fretwork, but you can search various online sources to find several methods to do a DIY job. I used a 2-sided 6-inch sharpening stone (600/1000 grit), very fine grade abrasive sheets (1000,1200 grit), and some lemon oil and a few cotton rags to clean up afterward

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exceptional!

          By Jimmy J

          from Way Up North

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Sounds Awesome

          Cons

          • Loose Input Socket

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues
          • Your One and Only

          Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

          OK, I don't usually buy inexpensive guitars. I own and have owned some of the finest. I don't know why I ordered this Squier, I guess the looks just appealed to me. It has the pickguard of a '51 Fender Precision bass, the body of a Stratocaster, and the neck and control plate of a Telecaster. It is string-through the body, with a single coil in the neck and a humbucker at the bridge, with push-pull coil splitting. There is no tone control. There are 21 polished frets, with no sharp edges. The strings are centered on the neck, with plenty of room on the edges for both "E" strings. The fit and finish is flawless, and my two-tone burst has beautiful grain. The only flaw was a loose input socket, which I fixed by tightening up the two nuts on either side of the cover plate.

          This guitar plays like a dream, and the sound through my Fender Deluxe Reverb is unreal! It sounds great in all positions, and I certainly won't be swapping out pickups. As a matter of fact, it sounds so scary-good that I'll probably be selling off some of my USA Fenders. This is the real deal, with a sound that I have been searching for for many years. Who would have thought that I would have found it in a economy Squier? And for skeptics, this model needs to be heard and played to be believed.

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          4.0

          Very nice. Neck is good, no sharp fret ends. Good pickups.

          By DarthSwian

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

            The pickups are nice, not the best, but certainly not garbage. Body and neck are very good. Controls feel a little cheap. Tuners are decent.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Will not buy from MF again

            Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

            Bought new guitar, received used with scratches on pick guard. Setup terrible. Someone messed up bridge saddles, position and height. Guitar not double boxed for shipping, was loose in the Squier box.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Axe

            By Fonzie

            from Virginia

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

              Great axe.I ownAmerican Strat & Tele and my 51 covers ground for both.The neck is baby birds eye maple,don't know who I thank for that.Sweet,Areal player with just minimal tweeting.Dont listen to bad revues they don't know squat.

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              4.0

              Squier '51

              By Jason

              from Little Rock

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Light
              • Smart budget choice
              • Sounds Good

              Cons

              • Neck is nice but narrow -- not for fat fingers
              • Quality control could be better

              Best Uses

              • Re-learning after 10-year hiatus

              Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

              Nice guitar for learning or modding. Mine did have a major problem: the rotary pickup selector was damaged right out of the box. The post is noticeably bent and the knob sits slightly askew. It was also loose in the plate, and when I turned the knob the whole pot rotated in the cavity and broke-off some of the wiring. I should have returned it but two drops of solder is less hassle than mailing the whole thing back.

              Mine is "Vintage Blonde". Some images make it appear a more greyish-white; it is most definitely a shade of banana.

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