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A familiar Strat design with a modern twist.

Vintage Modified! Players from beginner to intermediate and beyond have done it for years. Whether installing hotter pickups, alternate pickguards or just plain personalizing their instruments with fancy paint jobs, modified means adding new twists to familiar designs. The Vintage Modified Strat incorporates the best of classic Fender styling, as well as some more flashier finishes. Features include a gloss-finished maple neck and Duncan Designed AlNiCo V pickups.

FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck construction
  • Basswood body
  • 25.5" Scale maple neck, 9.5" radius, rosewood fretboard, 21 frets
  • Duncan Designed SC-101 bridge, middle and neck pickups
  • 5-Way pickup selector, master volume, neck and middle tone control

The Vintage Modified Series is perfect for beginners and intermediate players. Order one today.

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SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (13)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Fun to play (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Strat

I bought this guitar on a whim based upon the rave reviews and great tone in Youtube videos. But I wasn't prepared for how good a guitar I'd be getting. This thing is...Read complete review

I bought this guitar on a whim based upon the rave reviews and great tone in Youtube videos. But I wasn't prepared for how good a guitar I'd be getting. This thing is amazing! Super low action, fast slinky neck, perfect fretwork, superb sounding Duncan Designed pickups, great fit and finish, glossy tinted neck, and vintage style tuners and trem that stay perfectly in tune, as long as you don't try to do wild dive bombs. I've owned American, Japanese, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, and now Indonesian Strats over the years, and this is one of the 3 or 4 best of all of them. If you can't afford a Mexican or American made Strat, this guitar will not disappoint. Incredible instrument for such a low price. Kudos to Fender for offering superb instruments at every price point. And great service, as always, from Musician's Friend. Super fast free shipping, to top it all off.

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Decent, but not for me.

The frets themselves were not a deal-breaker, as I could have had a fret polish and setup done for about 70 bucks here at a local shop-- and I did consider that because...Read complete review

The frets themselves were not a deal-breaker, as I could have had a fret polish and setup done for about 70 bucks here at a local shop-- and I did consider that because there were a lot of things to like about this guitar. The Duncan designed pickups are probably the quietest (in terms of noise) I have ever played in a Strat. But they also were the problem for me. If you go to the Squier website and watch the video of this guitar, the one I was shipped sounded -exactly- like that, so there's something to be said for consistency.

I'll put it this way: If Stevie Ray spank is what you're after, you will like this guitar. If Trower silk is your aim, you probably won't. It's a pretty bright sounding guitar, even for a Strat.

I sent mine back and got a Classic Vibe 60s, which is a much better guitar -for me-. Much smoother frets and smooth vintage tone with the CV.

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent, but not for me.

By Rick C.

from Alabama

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Cool 70s Headstock
  • Good Tuners
  • Nice finish

Cons

  • sharp fret edges

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    The frets themselves were not a deal-breaker, as I could have had a fret polish and setup done for about 70 bucks here at a local shop-- and I did consider that because there were a lot of things to like about this guitar. The Duncan designed pickups are probably the quietest (in terms of noise) I have ever played in a Strat. But they also were the problem for me. If you go to the Squier website and watch the video of this guitar, the one I was shipped sounded -exactly- like that, so there's something to be said for consistency.

    I'll put it this way: If Stevie Ray spank is what you're after, you will like this guitar. If Trower silk is your aim, you probably won't. It's a pretty bright sounding guitar, even for a Strat.

    I sent mine back and got a Classic Vibe 60s, which is a much better guitar -for me-. Much smoother frets and smooth vintage tone with the CV.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Vintage Modified Love

    By SRV@Yngwiefreak

    from Sacramento, Ca

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have owned 2 American made Strats, and each one I had to spend a lot more to get them playable. The same can be said about Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls. I have a Classic Vibe 60's Strat, an Austin Strat and a Jay Turser Strat. All of which were almost perfectly set up. A few adjustments here and there. Awesome guitars. I recently purchased a Vintage Modified Strat, and I love it, too. I've been playing for 26 years. A small truss rod adjustment is all it took to make it cry, whisper and scream. I will never spend huge amounts on a guitar again. A professional player should be able to make any guitar sing. It is a guitar fit for any level of player.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Strat

      By DougM

      from Honolulu, Hawaii

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Any And All Uses
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar on a whim based upon the rave reviews and great tone in Youtube videos. But I wasn't prepared for how good a guitar I'd be getting. This thing is amazing! Super low action, fast slinky neck, perfect fretwork, superb sounding Duncan Designed pickups, great fit and finish, glossy tinted neck, and vintage style tuners and trem that stay perfectly in tune, as long as you don't try to do wild dive bombs. I've owned American, Japanese, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, and now Indonesian Strats over the years, and this is one of the 3 or 4 best of all of them. If you can't afford a Mexican or American made Strat, this guitar will not disappoint. Incredible instrument for such a low price. Kudos to Fender for offering superb instruments at every price point. And great service, as always, from Musician's Friend. Super fast free shipping, to top it all off.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding guitar for the money

      By BluesGuy78

      from Trinity, AL

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Great pick ups
      • Nice finish
      • Smooth fretboard
      • Solid Body

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I really like this guitar. I truly believe it stands right there with the MIM strats. For the money, there's not much of a difference. I love the 101 Duncan designed pickups and I was pleased that my guitar arrived in perfect condition. I really think you would enjoy this one for [$]. I got mine for [$]. Once you move beyond the fact that this is a Squier, you would be amazed at the playability and quality of this guitar. Squier is putting out some really good stuff now for the money.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bang For The Buck Strat

      By Markerdown

      from North Las Vegas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This is another home run squier. I bought it to hot rod out but it is surprisingly well built,the pups are really nice and stratty, the neck and frets are decent. It plays great. Of course it needd a set up out of the box but this series is the best bang for the buck strat out there. If you are looking at theseand undecided , get one, before the price goes up ...just like the CV series did

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dynamite, Great ! Electric Guitar !!!

        By D72543

        from Heber Springs,AR

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Hobbyist Semi-pro

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I Got This Squier By Fender Vintage Modified Stratocaster In The Vintage Blonde Color 10 Days Ago,And I Must Say, I'm Overwelmed ! By The Sound It Puts Out. The Feel Of The Neck Is Pheonominal! Really Sweet! And The Overall Look Is Excellent. One Of My Friends A Week Ago Said It's A Really Awesome Electric Guitar. It's Just Got Such An Incredible Sound In Any Position Using The 5-Way Switch. And I've Been Playing For 46 Years And Have Owned Fender Strats In The Past, And This One By Far Puts Those And Everything Else In The Past And Just Leaves Them In The Dust. You Need To Try This Guitar, You'll Be Glad You Did.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is all they say and more.....

        By MrScotty

        from Atlanta, Georgia

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • An affordable pro level
        • Color choice
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Large headstock
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stamped saddles
        • Vintage tuners

        Cons

        • Tiny trem block

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have played 35+ years, and have loved Strat's and spent lots of money on some good one's. I'd have to say this model compares to the MIJ early 80's models at an affordable price even a caveman can afford. I only wish they would have put a full sized block in them, as that is the 1st thing I did and what an improvement. Everything else will stay stock. It is a no brainer choice over the MIM's!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Strat! Excellent Value!

        By Larry

        from Lansdale, PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I had my eye on one of these for quite some time but was hesitant to pull the trigger because I figured for the price it can't be that great, despite all of the positive reviews. Well. I'm here to tell you that all of the reviews were correct. This is a true Strat with all the quack and chime you'd expect. Of course, being an import guitar for not much money there are some things to be aware of. The pickup switch seems to be a little flimsy and probably won't stand up to a tremendous amount of abuse. The trem block is rather small and cheap metal. The pots are probably on the low end of the quality scale as well, but they all work, and I don't abuse my gear, so none of that bothers me. And besides, for the price, with the money you save an upgrade of these components is certainly doable. The neck feels great. Fit and finish are solid. Frets are well done. The Duncan Designed SC-101 pickups are alnico V's. They sound great with all five positions offering up the expected Stratty tones. The tuners are the vintage style slot/hole type which I must admit I've grown rather fond of. Tremolo bridge is the Vintage Synchronized, not my favorite but I never use it anyway so it doesn't really matter. Fender seems to be big on making their new guitars with the BIG 70's style headstock. I'm not a huge fan, but it's certainly not a deal breaker. This series is probably a step down from the Classic Vibe series as far as the overall specs, basswood body in lieu of alder, Duncan Designed p/u's instead of the Toneriders (or whatever those awesome pickups in the CV series are). But you're also only paying two thirds the price and still getting a really good Strat. And besides, I'd compare the CV's favorably to American Special, or even Standard Strats. These VM's I would say remind me of the earlier MIM Fender guitars. Even now, I'd still probably opt for a VM over a MIM because the MIM Standards all come with ceramic pickups. Overall I'm extremely happy with this guitar.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          100% pure Strat!!!

          By Gunny

          from St. Paul, MN.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I just received this Squier VM strat in vintage blonde, and it is absolutely wonderful! I went through this thing with a fine tooth comb, and purposely tried to find something wrong with it. I did not succeed. I was looking for a reason to kick myself for buying a Squier. Instead I commended myself. VERY satisfied, especially considering these are so reasonably priced. It's always nice to come out ahead once in a while.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Why buy a Strat when a Squire will do?

              By Hot Hands Harrison

              from Yuma

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Aside from the name "Squire" on the headstock, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this guitar. I am perfectly happy with the playability and sound for my purposes! Using it for all local gigs and it works as well as my (over-priced) Robert Cray signature Strat in all respects. If I want to upgrade the pick-ups, I'll simply stick a Texas Heat set of pickups on and rock out, but right now it's just fine. Why spend the money for a regular Strat when these guitars are available at these prices? Bragging rights perhaps? Get over your ego and buy a Squire - you'll never look back! By the way, the setup was fine right out of the box! A set of Doug Gilmore strings and away we go!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Beginners Guitar

                By Hubie22

                from McDonough, GA

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                Pros

                • Good Quality For Price
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  I was apprehensive about buying a guitar at this price level, but after receiving and reviewing the guitar before presenting it to my 10 yr. old daughter for Christmas, I was very happy with the
                  quality, feel and sound. The fretboard was a little dry and sticky on bends in some spots, but
                  my daughter is not going to be bending strings much for a while, so no big deal. The guitar looks great, and seems to be solidly constructed. No sign of poor craftsmanship on this one. When
                  plugged into a Peavey Backstage 30 or my Fender Deville 2/12 the pick ups sound good. Like a Fender Strat. There isn't great distinction in
                  sound between combinations of 5 way switch, but there is some, and this is a beginners guitar. All in All, this is
                  a Great Product for the Price, and I would recommend to anyone looking for an entry level electric, to buy it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar for the Money!

                  By Jim MacDon

                  from Borden, Ontario Canada

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    I got this for 220 Canadian used by a young fellow who had paid 500 from an online provider and after a few weeks he decided he did not have time to learn. Like most folks he found out you lose money big time on lower end guitars from what you pay new. Got it home, locked the bridge, put 5 Fender springs in it, neck and frets were good, set string height, adjusted intonation - which is one of the first Strats I could get 100% 12th fret and open - and am amazed at how good this guitar sounds. 1st, 3rd and 5th positions are quite noisy distorted so be warned of that but if you are playing within a loud band setting it is not noticeable and gets out in front of the mix. Nice thick neck and body and feels like an old strat from the day. I use it extensively for recording and all strings are even and no level issues. I would recommend you set the pick ups to American Standard Strat specs to get the best sounds. Knowing what I know now, I would pay for a brand new one. I have the SSS configuration and may buy the HSS version as well. I also have a Squire Affinity HHS which I use for distorted tracks for the humbucker. Both guitars stay in tune very well. For the price point you cannot beat Squiers. You can mod them right up if you wish. I would also say that the Classic Vibe Strats are awesome and the best Squiers made, however I find the necks too thin for what I like. I like the old bat necks. However if you can afford a real made in America Standard Strat - nothing beats them!!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I'd play it...

                    By Weylin75

                    from Jasper, AL

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I bought this for my son... Mainly because of the Duncan Designed pickups. He loves it, and I played it for awhile only to be very impressed. I think that this is a very high quality instrument for folks. They can enjoy it without putting $700+ into it.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Guitar!!!

                      By GRP

                      from Kentucky

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        This guitar is more than worth the money. Its comparable to an American Strat in Feel and Quality. The only slight down fall is in the finish where the neck attaches but you'd have to be looking for flaws to even notice. Out of the box all that was needed was for it to be tuned, the neck is awesome feeling and smooth.

                         
                        5.0

                        i will buy another indonesian strat they are very well made

                        By brother

                        from alabama

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                        Pros

                        • Good Feel
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                          I have changed out the pickups with emgs I reset the bridge and it plays almost as good as a American strat

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