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The Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar is a totally capable starter electric guitar. With 20 frets, it's perfect for small hands. Features 3 single-coil pickups, master volume and tone controls, rosewo... Read More

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The Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar is a totally capable starter electric guitar. With 20 frets, it's perfect for small hands. Features 3 single-coil pickups, master volume and tone controls, rosewood fretboard, and a hardtail bridge.

Features
  • Small-scale neck
  • (22-3/4")
  • Three single-coil electronic pickups
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 medium frets
  • Hard-tail 6-saddle bridge
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SquierMini Strat Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mini Me

I originally bought this guitar for my daughter to learn on, but I spend more time playing it than she does. It's a real bargain for the price. This really is a mini...Read complete review

I originally bought this guitar for my daughter to learn on, but I spend more time playing it than she does. It's a real bargain for the price. This really is a mini Strat, but you don't have to be a midget to play it. It fits my 7 year old perfectly, and I can play it too. It's small enough for little hands, but spaced out properly for larger hands. I haven't had to alter this guitar in any way, but I have considered changing the pickups. Fortunately, they are regular sized, unlike the rest of the mini's parts. This instrument would be great for Teaching your kid to play, travelling, or playing out if you like the short scale! It would even be fun for playing in the passenger seat on road trips.

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Not Bad, Not Good

Got this for free as a part of a promotion, and as a starting guitar not a bad li'l thing. It does keep tuning really well for quite long if you spend the time...Read complete review

Got this for free as a part of a promotion, and as a starting guitar not a bad li'l thing. It does keep tuning really well for quite long if you spend the time to properly adjust the bridge right, but the frets definitely bring down the quality. First, the strings it comes with are pretty bad, so I'd just straight off replace them with a different brand. Second, the frets have many problems with intonation. You could have perfect tuning, yet still not sound right when playing anything other than an open string. I will vouch that it's very durable, and can stand up to any beating you throw at it, and the triple pickups are a great bonus for such a cheap guitar.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't understand other reviews

By Your worst nightmare

from Misery, MO

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      I have this and love it, but I can't quite understand the bad reviews. I know that there is fret buzz but couldn't you adjust the nut or truss rod? That's what I did.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great quality and sound

      By Mr jammin'

      from New hampshire

      About Me Child

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        Purchased for my 8 yr old daughter and it's very easy to use with solid quality and sound.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprised & Impressed

        By Bapário

        from Derby

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Neck
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Tuner's Are A Weak Spot

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Reclining

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        My original plan was to buy a Mini Strat, upgrade it, and then keep it around the place, just in case one of my grandkids happens to become interested in learning, and for when I travel. In fact, it's It's easier to travel with than my Larrivee Parlorchanged the tuners to the vintage Klusson style, replaced the plastic roughly hewn nut, with a 41mm Graph Tech, changed the strings from the 9's it came with to 11's, installed new string trees rollers, and changed the knobs out with some high quality chrome ones, which made a huge difference aesthetically. It looks and plays so well now, and I've since discovered that with the small size and scale, it's small enough for me to play while I'm lounging around or just chillin' in my recliner, which is difficult with my Tele or Strat. I guess I lucked out, for the Mini I purchased was surprisingly playable right out of the box. Other than the items I replaced as referenced above, I can't believe how good all three single coils sound. I had anticipatef replacing them, but nope. In fact the delineation of sound from the 5-way switch is clearer and more distinct than with my American Stat. The fit and finish is flawless, and the neck it's the silkiest that I've ever played that is unbound. A cool little keeper for sure!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By John Boy

        from Pottsville, AR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        I bought this for my 7-year-old. He loves it. He's just starting, but he loves the feel and sound.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        best beginner guitar ever

        By ben

        from Boston MA

        Site Member

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        great sound, awesome pickups, incredible value. This definitly isn't a pro guitar, nor does it stand up to my MIM strat. but it's not supposed to. price to value wise, it's better than an american standard strat.I used it in a school telant show, and it was perfect. Unlike many other guitars I have played, the changes between pickups are very drastic. color doesn't fade, and the size is perfect for a begginer.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Major disappointment - perhaps a lemon...

        By Peter

        from Bradenton, FL

        Site Member

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        After all the reviews I ordered the Black Squire for my grandson. Being a 3/4 size I thought it would be nice for him. When it arrived, I immediately noticed the box had been previously been opened - not a good sign... Anyway I was hopeful. It looked good. Tuned it up and immediately was not too pleased with the tuners. Some were really hard to turn. After I tuned It and played it and it sounded "watery" for lack of a better word. I noticed if I pressed harder on the fretboard the chord actually changed in pitch. The feel was awful. So I called Guitar Center's website where I purchased it and asked if I could return it. I must give Guitar Center great credit as they took very good care of my disappointment in this matter. It was shipped to me via UPS, but I was able to go to my local GC store and upgrade (for ten dollars more) and got a far superior Epiphone Special. Yes it is a little larger but it is an entirely different experience guitar-wise. Maybe I got a lemon. But this Squire was clearly an inferior guitar quality wise. I do have another Squire Telecaster that I bought years ago and that is a fine instrument that I like very much. So maybe other Mini Strats will be fine. Mine wasn't.

        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Major disappointment - perhaps a lemon...

        By Peter

        from Bradenton, FL

        Site Member

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        After all the reviews I ordered the Black Squire for my grandson. Being a 3/4 size I thought it would be nice for him. When it arrived, I immediately noticed the box had been previously been opened - not a good sign... Anyway I was hopeful. It looked good. Tuned it up and immediately was not too pleased with the tuners. Some were really hard to turn. After I tuned It and played it and it sounded ""watery"" for lack of a better word. I noticed if I pressed harder on the fretboard the chord actually changed in pitch. The feel was awful. So I called Guitar Center's website where I purchased it and asked if I could return it. I must give Guitar Center great credit as they took very good care of my disappointment in this matter. It was shipped to me via UPS, but I was able to go to my local GC store and upgrade (for ten dollars more) and got a far superior Epiphone Special. Yes it is a little larger but it is an entirely different experience guitar-wise. Maybe I got a lemon. But this Squire was clearly an inferior guitar quality wise. I do have another Squire Telecaster that I bought years ago and that is a fine instrument that I like very much. So maybe other Mini Strats will be fine. Mine wasn't.

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice, but

        By TV Marlar

        from Florida

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        Nice guitars for the purpose, but don't pay for next day shipping. They use UPS and UPS doesn't deliver on Sats. Hey GC -- use FEDEX for next day. Ordered Wed evening, arrive following Mon. Three working days, 5 days total. After setup by my luthier (sp), plays very well and sounds better than I expected.

        (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Starter Guitar for Small Hands But Needs a Bunch of Setup

        By wendall hagen

        from St. Paul, MN

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        I have a nine year old grand daughter who is very musically talented on the violin and has shown an interest in the guitar, but could not reach the nut on a full sized guitar. I have been playing on and off for 50 years and was killing some time at the Guitar Center when I spotted a used black version of this guitar. Talked to the sales person and then saw a new pink one. Picked it up, played for a few minutes, and then decided whether I could make it play better. Yup and decided to buy it on a whim. For starters, this is a $100 guitar, not a $800-$1200 guitar! I will get the negative out of the way right now, ..., the tuners are horrible even after oiling and working in. Some can be very hard to turn and also jumpy. 3/4 size guitars are different than full sized guitars. The strings that come with guitar are way too light since they do not feel like strings on a full sized guitar. The first thing to do is remove the original strings. Next, gently tap some graphite into the nut slots so the strings don't jump when tuning. Put on a new set of strings with the high E being an 11 or 12 since 3/4 guitars have less tension. I used Ernie Ball 11-48's. Now, take off the bare G string, which will buzz, and replace it with a wound G. I use a 22 GA. Pick up 2 or 3 extra wound G's since they tend to wear fast. Remove the excess graphite from the nut with a compressor or vacuum and tune it up. New guitars can take up to a week to settle in so don't expect the guitar to stay in tune during that settle in period. Adjust the truss rod so the neck is straight. You may have to do this again since new guitars often have the truss rods set loose for shipping. Next raise or lower the low E string such that it is as low as it can go without buzzing considering how hard and were on the neck you play. I play hard and soft and work the entire neck so the string must play clean under all neck positions and string attack pressure. Do this for each string down the line. As you move from the low E to the high E you will be able to get lower and lower. Set the intonation. You will need an electronic tuner and can Google how to do this. On her guitar the low E was way too high at the nut but the other strings were reasonable. On a low E you can use a hack saw blade to deepen the nut slot, ..., very carefully. I took the nut down so the top of the low E string was level with the top of the nut. I could have gone lower but there was no real need since the guitar was already playing very well. After about a week the guitar started to hold tune and fingers nearly as well as some of my higher end gear. The only problem remaining is the frets feel sharp running the neck. I taped some emery cloth to one side of a flat stick and dressed each fret that felt sharp. This is a constant problem with unbounded fret boards particularly caused by dryness in northern climates during the winter months. That's it. The guitar holds tune subject to humidity changes and plays very well and easily anywhere on the neck. FWIW, I just picked up a Taylor BT1 (3/4) at the Guitar Center for the grand daughter so she can have a guitar to play at home where I know the parents don't want amplifiers blasting. That guitar also needed some tuning up to maximize playability while still playing clean. Hope this helps. Just remember guitars are mostly made of wood and wood changes shape when humidity changes. A good setup today will not be good in 3-6 months.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Got my start on it and not just for kids

        By Conor Wellman

        from kentucky

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        my dad bought me this guitar many years ago and I got my start on it. First it is not a great guitar in itself but it is a perfect guitar for what it is intended. this guitar looked awesome to me as a kid (10 years old) and when I held it in my hands it would feel perfect. It wasn't too big and intimidating and I could reach all the strings and frets without much trouble. I loved the sound of it too when I plugged it in. Perfect for me to lean on. Now also this is not just a kids guitar. If you are an adult and thinking about "hey maybe I want to try to learn the guitar and see if I like it" this is still the perfect guitar to start with. It ist that big a financial investment get a small amp with it and you will be all set to lean and will be playing in no time then you can buy a fender or eppiphone or gibson. it is also super easy to transport durable and doesn't take up much space. I have a gibson now and play it all the time but to this day I still find myself picking up my mini and fiddling around with it from time to time.

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