Since the 1980s, Squier guitars have been the perfect way for beginners and casual players to get their hands on Fender designs without having to take out a second mortgage to do it. What originally began as a violin builder, and then a string maker, is now one of the most recognizable names in the guitar industry thanks to becoming part of the Fender family. Squier's range of solid-body electric guitars is an impressive assortment of new takes on the Fender classics.
With the variety in the Squier lineup, finding the right guitar is no sweat. Start by thinking about the style of instrument that interests you, and deciding what features you want to see on it. Are you dying to play an authentic Stratocaster? How about a Jazzmaster? Do you want to try your hand at the tremolo? All the options are there to make it happen. If you like the idea of an accessible guitar that combines vintage styling with modern playability, consider starting your search with the Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar. It's the descendant of a legend, but you'll be surprised by how ready-to-play it really is. It's outfitted with a set of Alnico 5 custom pickups, putting out the timeless single-coil sound that defined the 1950s in music.
Maybe you're looking for something a bit more edgy: in that case, check out the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar. The beating heart of this instrument is the same set of electronics that powered the original Jag, but it's finished off with present-day craftsmanship that makes it look and sound better than ever. Some of the highlights of this guitar are Duncan-designed pickups as well as a floating vibrato bridge that gives you full control over its clear, punchy tones.
Those are a few examples that just scratch the surface of what Squier has to offer. It's hard not to get excited when you imagine yourself playing any of these solid-body electric guitars, and that's totally okay: you should be excited. What will be even better, though, will be the moment you're holding your new guitar in your hands and listening to the first notes it plays.