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The Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS has a gloss finished maple neck, two Duncan Designed Strat Stack pickups and an HG-112 B/50 in the bridg...Click To Read More About This Product

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Mix-and-match your favorite tones.

The Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS has a gloss finished maple neck, two Duncan Designed Strat Stack pickups and an HG-112 B/50 in the bridge position for that extra growl, plus a vintage six-saddle tremolo. This is high performance at an affordable price. 9.5" neck radius allows easy string bending and pickups with Alnico 5 magnets deliver bell-like tone.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Indian Red Cedar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5." (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Die-cast
  • Bridge: Vintage 6-saddle tremolo
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply (White/Black/White)
  • Pickups: 2 Duncan Design SC-102 Stack pickups (neck and middle) and HG-112 B/50 (bridge)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-way switching ” Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Strings: 9-42
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SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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Spoiled--Dr. G

The reviews on this guitar that influenced me were from the professional musicians. I figure they have played the most and have the keenest ear and fingers. I am a hobbiest, but I...Read complete review

The reviews on this guitar that influenced me were from the professional musicians. I figure they have played the most and have the keenest ear and fingers. I am a hobbiest, but I can tell you I have never played better and this guitar has inspired me. I liked it so much that I found a place on ebay where I could buy the Duncan Designed humbucker in case I ever get another guitar. I'm sure that somewhere I will find a guitar that I like as much--just haven't so far.
The humbucker and two singles make this guitar extremely versitile. In addition, the two singles are stacked pickups, meaning they are actually "humbucking" as well--no noise.
I have been playing for over 40 years but had not seriously practiced for a long time--until 4 years ago. I bought this guitar based on the reviews and the price. I fell for the hype and thought that I should get a "real" Fender so I bought a special edition MIM Strat. Whoa, compared to the Squier, the Fender was too bright, harsh and lacked the tone of the Squier. I tried to fix that with a set of Seymour Duncan Everything Axe pups. It improved the sound but compared to the Squier--nothing special. Next I bought a vintage Stratocaster with stock humbucker, two singles, TBX tone and a coil splitter: excellent guitar but still not up to the Squier. So those guitars are gone but the Squier remains. I think it has spoiled me.
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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Squier VM HSS Strat

I had originally ordered a fresh one of these, but they were on backorder so I got one from the used pile and there's nothing wrong with it. The finish is more of a...Read complete review

I had originally ordered a fresh one of these, but they were on backorder so I got one from the used pile and there's nothing wrong with it. The finish is more of a silver sparkle than "Gun Metal Gray". The sparkle doesn't show up in the photo so much.
I upped the strings to D'Addario 10s, which lifted the bridge for a bit more float. Despite other reviewer's experiences, I find that this guitar stays in tune amazingly well. Tuners are TIGHT. Not so the trem arm, which has the standard wobble.
The DD stacked singles sound excellent to my ear, and super-quiet. The humbucker is the most hollow sounding of the three of this type that I own (Hello Kitty, '51), but when used for screaming 11 and beyond lead work, who cares? The 4 position quacks and spanks just as it should. A push-pull split for the bridge pup is my #1 future mod for this guitar.
Only gripe: Sharp fret edges, but my VM Tele was such a spoiler, and this is easily fixed.
Suprise bonus: For whatever reason, this axe hangs in a sweet spot for me; effortless access to the upper register, neck comfort equal to or surpassing my HK. I like the small headstock/logo.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spoiled--Dr. G

By Dr. G

from Tallahassee, FL

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

The reviews on this guitar that influenced me were from the professional musicians. I figure they have played the most and have the keenest ear and fingers. I am a hobbiest, but I can tell you I have never played better and this guitar has inspired me. I liked it so much that I found a place on ebay where I could buy the Duncan Designed humbucker in case I ever get another guitar. I'm sure that somewhere I will find a guitar that I like as much--just haven't so far.
The humbucker and two singles make this guitar extremely versitile. In addition, the two singles are stacked pickups, meaning they are actually "humbucking" as well--no noise.
I have been playing for over 40 years but had not seriously practiced for a long time--until 4 years ago. I bought this guitar based on the reviews and the price. I fell for the hype and thought that I should get a "real" Fender so I bought a special edition MIM Strat. Whoa, compared to the Squier, the Fender was too bright, harsh and lacked the tone of the Squier. I tried to fix that with a set of Seymour Duncan Everything Axe pups. It improved the sound but compared to the Squier--nothing special. Next I bought a vintage Stratocaster with stock humbucker, two singles, TBX tone and a coil splitter: excellent guitar but still not up to the Squier. So those guitars are gone but the Squier remains. I think it has spoiled me.
See quality above.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't let the price and name fool you

By KWB Music

from Connecticut

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Bought this guitar just for the body and pickups for a project guitar. After changing out the neck for a full fledged Fender "57" Strat neck this is one hot axe. Even with the stock neck, this is a very nice well made guitar for the money. And this baby will out-rock any squire, and most MIM guitars. The stock single coils have a nice sound to them. But the Semour Humbucker screams for some very hot leads. Has quickly become my favorite sounding guitar. Don't let the Squire name fool you, this is a great guitar. Buy it you won't be disappointed!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Squier-ific Axe Man!!!

By Fender-Dude?

from California Love!

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Wow-This is a ROCKIN' Little Strat!!! It feels like playing a pretty good Stratocaster-but one with it's own personality. The Humbucker is High-Output and has a "Wet" sound (very cool). The 'Duncan-designed' single-coils have a great "quacky" sound. Just what you want on a Strat.The gloss neck has a good feel to it,very playable. And the sealed die-cast tuners keep itin tune nicely. Overall a good guitar for the money-VERY Fun To Play. And awesome looking as well-Mine is the Gun-Metal Gray Finish....:-)

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow...

By Logan

from Titusville, PA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Well nothing is ever perfect so that's why I never put 5 stars. First off, this beast is QUIET. It barely makes a sound when turned on and not being played. The neck is truly vintage, it has the nice clear coat and feel of a vintage Strat. It is SMOOTH. Stays in tune well and sounds amazing. This humbucker is great! Unless they give different buckers, the one I got is not the same as the one in this picture. The pictures never do justice, the gunmetal grey is more of a sparkle grey finish. It shines.I'm not a fan of dull colors, but it's pretty. The only problem was of course the low E buzz, easily fixed. Try it out, you won't be dissapointed. It is very versatile, this humbucker will scream!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Noiseless Versitile Value

By Dr. G

from Tallahassee, FL

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

The HSS configuration allows an amazing range of sound and the pickups are noiseless. I compared this to an SSS Mexican Strat and to my ear (and fingers) this one wins. Most of the positive reviews here are from professionals; I am not one, but I have played for over 40 years, am playing this instrument several times per week and am thoroughly enjoy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier HSS Stratocaster

By Metal_Militia_Man

from Martinez, CA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is a very good guitar. I've played it and the the pickups on it are awesome!! To say the least. I ran this baby through a Peavy 75 watt, It was GREAT!!! It actually contends with a REAL Stratocaster!!! You should look no further, Its cheap, it looks amazing the picture doesn't do it justice. And above all that it is a great beginner guitar, or even the seasoned veteran.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best guitars I've ever owned!!!

By ALEXLIFESONFORPREZ

from MO

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Most of the time when one hears the word "Squier" they shy away because they are afraid of low quality products. I was the same way until I bought this guitar. Right out of the box it looked beautiful, no scratches, dents... nothing. I plugged it in and it plays like a pro. Beautiful clean sounds, and "nasty" (in a good way) distortion out of an amp. The neck is very easy for fast playing too. I must say there are some things I don't like about it though. Sometimes the strings buzz a little (not too bad), the low tone control doesn't work well, the tremolo gets the guitar like 2 steps out of tune if used more than once, and finally, probably the most annoying thing, when you use the 5-way switch it sometimes crackles and pops (this can be fixed with the purchase of a new one). I would definantly recommend this guitar to anyone. I don't care if your a beginner, or a 20 year pro! This guitar is a great investment!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Squier VM HSS Strat

By Skeexix

from New York State

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I had originally ordered a fresh one of these, but they were on backorder so I got one from the used pile and there's nothing wrong with it. The finish is more of a silver sparkle than "Gun Metal Gray". The sparkle doesn't show up in the photo so much.
I upped the strings to D'Addario 10s, which lifted the bridge for a bit more float. Despite other reviewer's experiences, I find that this guitar stays in tune amazingly well. Tuners are TIGHT. Not so the trem arm, which has the standard wobble.
The DD stacked singles sound excellent to my ear, and super-quiet. The humbucker is the most hollow sounding of the three of this type that I own (Hello Kitty, '51), but when used for screaming 11 and beyond lead work, who cares? The 4 position quacks and spanks just as it should. A push-pull split for the bridge pup is my #1 future mod for this guitar.
Only gripe: Sharp fret edges, but my VM Tele was such a spoiler, and this is easily fixed.
Suprise bonus: For whatever reason, this axe hangs in a sweet spot for me; effortless access to the upper register, neck comfort equal to or surpassing my HK. I like the small headstock/logo.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lets review my Stratocaster HSS!

By Gary Cullen

from Minnesota

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I have always been a firm believer in; you get what you pay for! This guitar is a prime example of that. As my first brand new guitar that I purchased about four years ago, I don't don't have anything terribly negative to say about it. However, I purchased an American Standard HSS Strat about a year ago and the difference is night and day. The bodies, necks, and playability are very close; no question. However, the sound, tone, sustain and my amps effects are in a new universe. Why the difference? The quality of electronics, body and neck materials or maybe it got sea sick on it's voyage to the states. I don't know! For me, this guitar was a great stepping stone. I learned a lot from it.
If your shopping as a beginner or for the kids and don't want to break the bank, this is a good choice. If your looking to upgrade, I don't think this is a great long term choice.
You get exactly what the spec. sheet says.
Nice guitar for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Behold the Mighty Strat!

By Nathan-726c-

from Minot, ND.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Let me just say that this is an awesome guitar. I was reluctant to try it out because I played Squier when I was a beginner..11 years ago, and since I've grown used to a variety of high quality, high cost guitars. I put this up against an American Strat and I can't say that it's better, but it did give it a run for it's money! I love the additiomn of the Duncan humbucker. This is a very versatile strat, from vintage cleans to modern high gain. It's definately worth the money. Hopefully I'll get one for Christmas! I would be 100% willing to rely on this axe for any jam session or gig. I played it through a Peavey Bandit 112 and a Marshall TSL-60 212. Blew me away using both amps! This guitar, at this price, is a steal.

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