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Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar

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The Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS has a gloss finished maple neck, three Duncan Designed single-coil pickups and a vintage six-saddle trem...Click To Read More About This Product

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A player's guitar with a killer vibe, at an easy price!

The Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS has a gloss finished maple neck, three Duncan Designed single-coil pickups and a vintage six-saddle tremolo. Special features provide a "personalized" touch. A customized classic electric guitar! 9.5" neck radius allows for 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
  • Pickups: 3 Duncan Design SC-101 single-coil pickups
  • 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
  • Unique Features: Custom pickguard, custom finish
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SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Was going to upgrade, but changed my mind

After owning for some time, I got some money and decided I would trade up to an American Highway 1 Stratocaster. Well I tried out a black Highway 1 American Strat and decided against...Read complete review

After owning for some time, I got some money and decided I would trade up to an American Highway 1 Stratocaster. Well I tried out a black Highway 1 American Strat and decided against it, because to me, this high end squier looks better, plays better, and sounds a tiny bit better as well. Instead I kept my Strat and bought a MIM Tele, which also was better than the Highway 1. The pickups in this strat are not as powerful as the ones in my Tele, but they get the job done and have an excellent tone. I have played American Standard Strats in the past, and they are a bit better than this Squier, but this Squier can still hold its own and then some. In my opinion the differences in tone and playability are not enough for me to want to dish out the money for an American Std. This Squier Strat is top of the line and very versatile. Good luck trying to play Metallica on it, but this is perfect for SRV, Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Floyd, AC/DC. The guitar is decent for Van Halen.I've done some crazy divebombs with the whammy, and it stays in tune fairly well

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inof on the pickups

some info from Seymour Duncan about the pickups:The SC-101single coils represent a tonal cross between Seymour Duncan's SSL-2 Vintage Flat and SSL-6 Custom Flat models. Unlike many inexpensive single coils...Read complete review

some info from Seymour Duncan about the pickups:The SC-101single coils represent a tonal cross between Seymour Duncan's SSL-2 Vintage Flat and SSL-6 Custom Flat models. Unlike many inexpensive single coils that have a large ceramic magnet glued underneath non-magnetic steel slugs, the SC-101s use real Alnico V rod pole pieces with a flat magnet stagger for exceptional string balance. The three single coil models are each specially calibrated to either bridge, middle or neck positions, with the middle pickup reverse wound, reverse polarity. The tone is chimey and bright with exceptional "quack" in the notch positions.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Doc from Omaha

By skulldok

from Omaha, NE

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

This is a fine guitar. All the Fender Strat sounds - clean to over driven. Great tone from the cedar, beautiful finish (flame top), thin/fast neck, and super sounding Duncan coils. I've owned a Custom Shop Fender and a Flame Maple top Gibson both $1200-$1500 (in the late 80s) and this is a better playing guitar. I also have the Squier Custom Tele with P-90 pickups. and it does very well with heavy overdrive and distortion. Squier by Fender is very under-rated and makes a really good product. Then only thing I'll replace on the SSS Strat is tuners to locking tuners. Highly recommended.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top of the line Bottom of the line...

By talltallbill

from Simi Valley, CA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

Great guitar for a beginner like me. I have the FMT Cherry Sunburst, and I had to wait about 3 months for it when they first came out. I wanted the "Duncan Designed" pick ups as I don't know much about it. I did a pro set up locally, and my friends that play say it's definitely good, and for me that's GREAT! Great quality, but I gave less than 5's because of the American equiv. deserves those numbers, but overall a Best Value.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By SOUL GYPSY

from Grand Canyon, AZ

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar, and after I got it home and got the action set up right and the tremolo bridge unscrewed from the body and adjusted, this guitar really performed! Plays like a hot knife through butter, sounds amazing, and looks gorgeous. I got the Metallic Red and the finish is oustanding, as is the gloss finish on the neck and headstock. The workmanship on this guitar is amazing i.e. the neck pocket, frets, etc. Even the volume and tone pots and pick up switch feel smooth and solid. I had certainly never before dreamed of a guitar like this from Squire. In my opinion this model is far superior to the '08 and '09 MIM Standard Strats. I have now recorded with this guitar and the pickups and the guitar's natural tone sound fantastic! I am very pleased with this axe and rdcommend it highly.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Forget the name for a second

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

Ok everyone knows squiers are the crappy little brother of fenders.. but take into consideration for a second where this guitar stands. It is the most expensive squier you can buy. And normally what makes squiers such poor guitars are their inability to stay in tune, and their cruddy tone. but this guitar is the nicest one they make. PLUS, it does not have squier brand electronics. it has seymour duncan electronics.. thats the brand that Jeff beck, Slash, Tom DeLong, Angus Young, Kurt Cobain use. And like I said.. ignore the name. I got this guitar by ACCIDENT... and there was no way I would be caught playing a squier at any gigs.. so I sanded off the logo on the headstock, sanded the gloss coat off the neck, and sanded some of the body paint down and just made it look like a road worn fender.. The thing sounds great. It stays in tune. Don't let the name fool you. I play mine all the time. My band opened for The Neon Trees last week... and I played this guitar for 3 songs. Just saying. Give it a shot. it plays better than mex strat.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Stratocaster!

By flrider7

from Orlado, Fl.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned several different Strats including a 60th Anniversary model with Tex-Mex pickups. This guitar sounds as good if not better to me. After a good set up (like all guitars,) it has proven itself as a great Strat. I had the money for a higher quality Mex Strat, but I prefer the light weight solid cedar bodies that come on the Vintage modified models. The Mexicans are very heavy to me. My only problem (and it was an easy fix) was that the tremolo tension screws heads were all the way flush to the body in the back, and the springs are really big and loose compared to the nice replacements you can find at most music stores. After that was dealt with, all is good. :D

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I guess I'm the first??

By Me-rRqZ_

from Oregon

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

Well, it's one heck of an instrument. Period. I won't even say "it's good for the price". It's just plain good! I've gigged it, rehearsed it, toyed with it, tinkered with it. The only minus has been the nut, which I'm having changed out tomorrow. Paint job is beautiful, the trem works smooth and nice and stays in tune. The tuners are solid, the knobs have an even sweep all through the dial. Great quack in 2 and 4. The bridge pup is HOT. Speaking of the pups, those SD "Designed" pups are pretty friggin' good for me. Easy to get great funk rhythms, easy to get full and fat lead tones all over the place. OK, I'll say it....I can't believe I payed what I did for this one. Even with the new nut.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME, SWEET

By GuitarMonsterz

from Thorndale, PA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

A bit more than a year ago I bought the 3 Tones Sunburst model and I say that I could not be more happier with it. It arrived in pristine condition. The 3 tone sunburst is beautiful and expertly applied. Whoever painted my guitar in the factory must have to have lots of experience doing it. I couldn't find a flaw. The rosewood fingerboard has a nice grain and its frets are well seated and dressed. The tuning machines don't impress me though but they keep strings tuned. Overall, the fretboard is a breeze to play and the action just the way I like it.The sound is very good thanks to 3 Duncan Designed single coil pick-ups. However, now I want to experiment so I'll replace them with a set of Fender Fat 50s Strat Pickups. I can't find anything wrong with this guitar and I think it will perform graciously for years to come.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Was going to upgrade, but changed my mind

By Matthew B

from Virginia

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

After owning for some time, I got some money and decided I would trade up to an American Highway 1 Stratocaster. Well I tried out a black Highway 1 American Strat and decided against it, because to me, this high end squier looks better, plays better, and sounds a tiny bit better as well. Instead I kept my Strat and bought a MIM Tele, which also was better than the Highway 1. The pickups in this strat are not as powerful as the ones in my Tele, but they get the job done and have an excellent tone. I have played American Standard Strats in the past, and they are a bit better than this Squier, but this Squier can still hold its own and then some. In my opinion the differences in tone and playability are not enough for me to want to dish out the money for an American Std. This Squier Strat is top of the line and very versatile. Good luck trying to play Metallica on it, but this is perfect for SRV, Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Floyd, AC/DC. The guitar is decent for Van Halen.I've done some crazy divebombs with the whammy, and it stays in tune fairly well

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Pleasure to Play

By SeaBass4Lunch

from Baltimore, MD

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

For what it is, I can give it no higher endorsement. It's beautiful (mine is cherry sunburst w/flame maple top), it appears durable, the parts seem machined with precision and with fairly hi-quality parts. The body weight is remarkably light (due to the cedar?), and the fretboard, frets and and neck are tight and precise. Musicians: great axe for practice AND gigs. Students: the fretboard and string tension make it a joy. Parents: This has the looks, the sounds, and the construction to make it a really good value for the $$$.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best strats I have played

By TheJudge

from Bloomington, IN

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

If you are looking for a new guitar with a little extra bang for your buck, I think you should check this one out. I have it in the Cherry with flame maple top, it looks damn good. The neck joint was nice and tight, and the pickups give the sound an added edge. I am proud of owning this guitar and love to play it. It will inspire you to take that next step.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good guitar, At first

By Nate dognmc1995

from Framingham, MA

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I have the sunburst color guitar and I must admit it looks great. I have had this guitar for a year. It was great when I first got it. But now there is this weird humming noise coming every time I strum the d string. It is coming from the inside. If you want long lasting value stay away.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By Zach-tSGg_

from VA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I played this bad boy at the local music store and I must admit that i recommend it over a fender standard (mexican). With the duncan alnico pickups and the rare beautiful look (3 tone burst) this guitar is truly amazing. i have been playing for 5 years and have 3 guitars (les paul, sg, and strat) and i really recommend this to anyone beginner or not. im buying one soon.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Inof on the pickups

By NYC Guy

from New York City

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

some info from Seymour Duncan about the pickups:The SC-101single coils represent a tonal cross between Seymour Duncan's SSL-2 Vintage Flat and SSL-6 Custom Flat models. Unlike many inexpensive single coils that have a large ceramic magnet glued underneath non-magnetic steel slugs, the SC-101s use real Alnico V rod pole pieces with a flat magnet stagger for exceptional string balance. The three single coil models are each specially calibrated to either bridge, middle or neck positions, with the middle pickup reverse wound, reverse polarity. The tone is chimey and bright with exceptional "quack" in the notch positions.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

plays like a dream

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for 12 years now and this is currently my favorite guitar, i can't find anything i don't like about it. until i can afford an American this guitar is the one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply amazing!

By Punx93

from Central Ohio

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I've always loved Stratocasters. I tried this out at the amazing crossroads music shop in delaware. I pluged it into a frontman 25R put it in drive and wow. I got an amazing rock tone, I love it perfect for any music. Period. Amazing feel and incredibly fast neck. Great for power chords, I'm gonna buy it. Buy it if you want the best guitar ever!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding guitar for the price

By studioboss

from Saint Charles, MO

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I purchased the Olympic White model and it was perfect. Guitar makers today are making great instruments at all price points. When I started playing (mid 1970's), there was only two levels of guitars; overpriced American gear and imported junk. Now a beginner or intermediate player can afford a professional quality instrument and the pro can have an instrument that does the job without breaking the bank.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Rickw1983

from Long Island NY

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I am very impressed with this guitar. I have read that Squier has come up several notches with their quality and I have to agree. This model is labeled made in India. Well they know how to make a great guitar. I have a Clapton signature and a standard MIM strat and this one is right up there with them. Feels great, plays great and sounds great. A great value for the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pro quality @ starter price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

This is a top notch guitar worth every penny and then some! I've owned several Fender strats and this being my first Squire I must say I'm impressed.1.Overall construction smooth frets med jumbo,finish even though it's not nitro it's still great no flaws,the 9 1/2 radius neck is sweet&snug in the pocket.2.Sound the Duncan pups sound awesome,has that strat squawk and bell tone harmonics you wont find better pups for this price in other strats.The only reason I gave 4.5 was for the nut which I'm replacing w/LSR roller nut and locking tuners for the stocks and Graphtech ferraglide saddles for the stocks,just my preferance though!After the following upgrades you have a Squire strat that can hang with any American Fender!!!!!!!

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

tis is an Okay or averge guitar

By stratcat-YqAsE

from West Palm Beach, Florida

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

I have played this and I do not find it comparable to an MIM strat or the Highway Strat. When given the choice I would buy a real MIM strat used for about the same money. Actually that is what I did after checking the Squiers out. I do own two squiers and they don't cmpare to the MIM no less the MIA strats soory but that's a fact.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier is back!

By SquierDeluxeRox

from Sewickley, Pa

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

It's about time Squier got back to their protone series type of quality again, With American Strats being overpriced and high end Mexican's in the $1k range now there's no reason to buy those new ever again. This guitar smokes my custom shop strat in playability. The pickups are pretty good but I am putting a better set in and a new bridge/trem and that's all I need to do! Don't waste your time on American strats anymore! Buy Squier!

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