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'51 Electric Guitar Black Maple Fretboard

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Combines a classic body with a Tele® headstock and a '51-style P Bass® pickguard for a clean, unique look. Despite its simple appearance it is a hard-rock monster with a 25-1/2" scale, hardtail bridge... Click To Read More About This Product

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Combines a classic body with a Tele® headstock and a '51-style P Bass® pickguard for a clean, unique look. Despite its simple appearance it is a hard-rock monster with a 25-1/2" scale, hardtail bridge, and tonal possibilities galore via a rotary selector, push-pull coil tap, and single-coil/humbucker pickup array.


Basswood body
C-shaped maple neck
Maple fingerboard with 9-1/2" radius
25-1/2" scale length
21 medium-jumbo frets
1.650" nut width
Chrome hardware
Die-cast tuners
Hardtail 6-saddle bridge
One-ply white pickguard
Single-coil Strat® pickup (neck)
Hot humbucking pickup (bridge)
3-position rotary selector switch (on master tone pot)
Push/pull coil selector switch (on master volume pot)
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By wolfman1012

from Newark, OH

The Squier '51 is a rockin' machine! '51 style P-bass pickguard... humbucker and single strat-style pickup as well makes this a one-of-a-kind guitar! Sounds great, plays fast & east on the hard rock maple neck and looks awesome with that black pickguard! Looking for something more classy and dressed up.. go with the sunburst... it's ever sharper than the butterscotch blonde is. This is THE guitar to own and all for an excellent price! Go and get yours before they're gone!


Great Guitar for the $$$

By Thomas O

from South Bend, IN

I recently picked up the Vintage Blonde model and I can't say enough good things about it. Mine was set up nice, but I did get it at my local Guitar Center (Mishawaka, IN) so that might have something to do with it. I changed the strings but other than that it was ready to play when I brought it home. It has a great sound neither Strat nor Tel something like a cross between the two. With the coil tap on the humbucker you can go from a nice mellow sound to a gritty lead with just a push or pull of the volume control. If this guitar had FENDER in big letters on the head stock you would pay severl hundred dollars more for the same guitar. Fot the money this is one of the best guitars to pick up.


a kicking deal for a lil cash

By laggerbomber

from United States, CA

I would recommend this guitar for anyone who's running low on cash or just doesn't want to spend a whole lot for an instrument. This has a very nice bluesy and mellow tone, I've played it at my local guitar center and I really like it. In addition, this guitar is very unique in that it has a P-Bass pickguard, a strat body and tele headstock. When strummed out, the chords has a very smooth and mellow sound. This is truely a great guitar for the money and is comparable to the higher priced instruments that are out there.



By CryWolfx23

from chicago

This is an amazing guitar. I got it for a graduation present and it was well worth the investment. What I like most about it is it plays like a traditional fender strat but is at a more affordable price. Second to that, it stays in tune forever, well not literaly. The only time I have to tune it is when I go into a drop D. But the strings they give you wont hold out forever. I suggest D'Addario standard medium grade strings. Finaly, if you're a fan of heavy distortion dont b affraid to slap on you're pedal when you're playin this baby. That single humbucker puts out a beast of a sound. So if you want something that plays like a strat but is affordable and looks way more vintage, this is you're guitar!!!


What more could you ask for?

By luvthis51

from Boston, MA

I bought this guitar as a present for my goddaughter. Having played a few Squier's in my day I was never impressed with them. After reading a few reviews I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, I ended buying 2. The original one never left my possesion! This is a great guitar for the price. It is extremely versatile. If you play the blues it's outstanding, and if you like a little "crunch" the Humbucker will scream. I've had a professional set-up done and some minor work on the nut. The gentleman who does the work on my guitars was pretty impressed with this guitar. He actually couldn't believe it was from the Squier line.


Probably the best value in a new guitar

By cratz2

from Indy, IN

I?d heard all the talk (almost entirely positive) about the Squier ?51. I decided I had to have one and I was really set on the blonde version with the black pickguard. After hearing how many of them were coming with white pickguards, I decided I didn?t want to order one and I wanted to be able to play the actual guitar I?d be getting before purchasing it. There?s no shortage of local Fender/Squier dealers and they nearly all had the Squier ?51s, but none of them had the blonde version. FINALLY one shop had them? four actually, but they all had the white pickguard. I played 7 guitars that day and just ended up with the one that felt the best which happened to be a burst. To be honest, I absolutely could not believe all the sounds this guitar could put out. I was stunned. Now keep in mind, the single coil isn't as loud as the bridge pickup so you'll have to let your ears become accustomed to the quieter pickup, but man... what versatility. Everything from Strat sounds to Tele sounds to superstrat sounds. Also, I prefer hard tails and non trem guitars in general. I'm a strat guy, so I usually put 5 springe in the trem and leave it, but hard tails have a more direct sound in my opinion. Of course, it also makes keeping the guitar in tune a bit easier which I imagine a lot of younger players will appreciate. Speaking of which, I fear that a lot of younger players will ignore this fine guitar which is a shame. Honestly, when I was 12-16, there's little chance I would have even picked up this guitar, let alone actually buy it. Having grown up in the 80s mostly, I owned Kramers, Jacksons, Charvels etc... and NONE of them were as good a quality overall as the 51 Strat and certainly not as versatile. I still shred a bit and I've been spending plenty of time with the 51 and the Squier Tele Custom (with two HBs). I think it would be kinda cool to play a metal gig with either of these guitars. They look very out of place, but they can keep up with the best of them. Overall, I'd have to say this is the very best value in a brand new guitar I've seen. Honestly, if it said Fender on the headstock and cost $700, it would still be worth it. In fact, a lot of folks are calling for Fender to produce a higher end version of this guitar... It's that good!


Best of both worlds!

By wolfman1012

from Newark, OH

The Squier '51 Electric guitar is an anomaly. It has the Tele headstock. Strat body-style, '51 P-bass pickguard and both a humbucking pickup and thinline pickup. The sound can be widely varied and the neck is awesome! Fast and smooth-playing. You gotta love this guitar! Great looks, great price and good sound for less!


Great little "Beater" guitar


from Newark, DE

i got this as a backup for my Squier Tele "beater" I play in a punk band and go as basic and low budget as possible. Very nice guitar.. fast neck and great controls... NO TONE KNOB!! The tone knob is actually a 3-way pickup selector. The volume also doubles as a coil tap pull switch. great for switching back and forth between Single coil and humbucker. I dig this axe alot. It comes in 3 finishes: black, blonde and burst. I got the burst.


Squier '51 Perfect Addition

By FenderFan

from San Francisco, CA

I own several guitars and enjoy playing and recording classic blues/rock music. I heard from a buddy back east that he bought a Squier '51 on a lark and he loved it. This is the least expensive guitar I own, and you wouldn't know it by looking at it, listening to it, or playing it. This isn't a Strat or a Tele, that is what makes it so special, with it's own distinctive look and sound. What a nice find, it's a perfect addition to my collection! Thanks.


Fender Squier '51

By grkeith

from Grand Rapids, MI

A great value, unbeatable. The low quality rating is only because the manufacturer should have done lots better on the final steps of production, and the guitar was not "set up" at all. The bridge plate screws and strap peg screw were not tightened, the bridge post strings heights were not evenly set and were Very high (and I LIKE high), intonation not set, truss rod had no tension so neck relief was way off, plastic flash in grooves of the nut needed dressing off, rubbing compound left on fingerboard and headstock. If a beginner had received this guitar, he wouldn't know it needed setting up and would be very disillusioned. The guitar now plays great, and it sounds very good too; the pickups are very decent. The pickup selector and the push/pull knob on the vol pot really do give a wide variety of useable tones. No tone knob: fine with me!


Pleasantly Surprised

By nspector

from parrish, AL

I received my 51 today and I've got to admit I wasn't expecting this kind of quality in a squier product. Other than a little rust on some of the chrome parts, I cant find anything wrong with this guitar. I would recommend this guitar to anyone. For this price I should have bought two.


Squier 51

By Travis Davis

from Sapulpa, OK

I just recieved my Squier 51 very nice guitar out of the box. After tuning and tightening a few screws I gave it a play was very impressed with the different tones this guitar was capable of.In my opinion a person would be crazy not to want to have this guitar in their collection. Good job.



By music player

from south carolina

good guitar for the money the neck and body are worth the 99$ first of all put new fender light strings on it. set the bridge and it plays like a son of a american fender but sounds and plays very well.i would tell anyone to buy one.


51' squier=nice choice

By gibsonlespaulspecial8000

from South Orange, NJ

My friend who lives right next door just bought this guitar and I walk over a lot to play it. It's perfect for blues on the neck pickup. Overall it is a great guitar and I highly recommend it, but the pickups could sound a bit better on the humbucker and the strings were set too high. What is kind of cool is that the tone knob is actually the pickup selector. I say you should really consider this guitar if you want a combo of a strat and a telecaster or you just want a fun guitar with really great features.

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