Squier Standard Stratocasters
A good place to start in this lineup is with the Squier Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar. That's because it's the straight-up reference model that gives you the pure essence of the Strat. You get a 2-point fulcrum tremolo, 22-fret fast-action neck and three Alnico single-coil pickups to put out the timeless sound that made the Stratocaster famous. It's also decked out with sealed die-cast tuners for tuning stability, and there's a left-handed version so any guitarist can play it with a natural orientation and feel.
Want to take things a step further? Check out the Squier Standard Stratocaster FMT for a visual upgrade; its flame maple top packs a real cosmetic punch. Or, if you want to get a sound that's completely unique, try the Squier Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar. Where a typical Strat would have a third single-coil, this model packs a beefy high-output humbucker instead. Big on tone and big on style, the HSS has it all.
There's no substitute for the original, and when it comes to electric guitars, that means the classic Fenders. Squier Standard Stratocasters make that vintage look, feel and sound accessible to any guitarist who wants it, and that's something they frankly deserve to be congratulated for. If you've been holding out on a Strat because of sticker shock, these Squiers are your ticket to getting the axe you've always wanted.