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Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar  

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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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Body: Basswood
    • 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

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    SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 36 reviews)

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    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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    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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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not your daddy's Squier

    By Andreas Tsoumas

    from massachusetts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

    If your looking for a quality strat that wont break the bank this is what you need.This and the Classic Vibe series are good examples that a great guitar can cost under 500$
    Nothing too amazing bout the features, this is just a well built strat. Pups sound like that authentic strat sound. Seymour Duncan designed pups definately defied my expectations.
    I own a Gibson and some nice acoustics and this delivers the most bang for the buck around. If your looking for a nice standard stratocaster but dont want to pay the Fender price, this or the Classic Vibe series is what you need to buy. I have played 100's of guitars and most squiers I have found to be very cheap. This Squier on the other hand is as solid as any Fender and plays better than the MIM models. Tuners could be better but thats an easy fix.
    One of the best Values around! You could put this guitar in some Fender Snob's hands and he would think its just as good if not better than some Fenders. The only thing separating this from a fender is the hardware which is pretty cheap to upgrade.

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As good as it gets (Squier anyway)

    By Wheeler Walz

    from Nebraska

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster SSS Electric Guitar:

    Like I said I didn't know what to look for in a guitar when I got this. All I knew is that strats were good and versatile. So I got it and have been very happy with it and I don't plan on parting with it! I love this guitar even if it is a Squier. The body is made of maple (I think I could be wrong, it just looks like flamed maple). It has a good sound when not plugged in and is good plugged it too.
    Pretty good, I got the Cherry Sunburst color, and it is really pretty.
    The quality of the guitar itself is pretty good, it's not top of the line, but it gets the job done, which is what I look for in a guitar.
    Pretty good value. I love the feel of the neck. I prefer a maple fretboard (on Fender's). But this was my first guitar and I didn't know what to look for in it. The pickups are good, which, from what I hear, is rare from Squier. They are terrible sounding when playing slide though. I'll stick to my HH Blacktop strat for slide.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Top of the line Bottom of the line...

    By billyp

    from Simi Valley, CA

    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.

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    (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.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME, SWEET

    By RamonMIFaSol

    from Thorndale, PA

    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.

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    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    tis is an Okay or averge guitar

    By stratcat-YqAsE

    from West Palm Beach, Florida

    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.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Was going to upgrade, but changed my mind

    By Matthew B

    from Virginia

    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

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    (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!!!!!!!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Pleasure to Play

    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 $$$.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Doc from Omaha

    By skulldok

    from Omaha, NE

    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.

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