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Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black Rosewood Fretboard

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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

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

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SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Fun to play (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    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.

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Great Strat! Excellent Value!

    By lbreiden

    from Lansdale PA

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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      4.0

      Why buy a Strat when a Squire will do?

      By Hot Hands Harrison

      from Yuma

      About Me Professional Musician

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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!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Strat

        By DougM

        from Honolulu, Hawaii

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Beginners Guitar

        By Hubie22

        from McDonough, GA

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Vintage Modified Love

          By SRV@Yngwiefreak

          from Sacramento, Ca

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            100% pure Strat!!!

            By Gunny

            from St. Paul, MN.

            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.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Bang For The Buck Strat

                By Markerdown

                from Southern Nevada

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                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

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Dynamite, Great ! Electric Guitar !!!

                  By D72543

                  from Heber Springs,AR

                  About Me Experienced

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (13 of 14 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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

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

                    By MrScotty

                    from Atlanta, Georgia

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    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!

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