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The Squier '51 returns in a hot new Vintage Modified model that delivers all the great style and features of the original value-priced screamer of the mid 2000s. All of the '51s enormous tonal versati... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier '51 returns in a hot new Vintage Modified model that delivers all the great style and features of the original value-priced screamer of the mid 2000s. All of the '51s enormous tonal versatility is back, with a powerful SH pickup configuration, rotary pickup selector, push-pull coil tap and more.

Features include a basswood body, satin-finish maple neck with "C"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, single-coil Stratocaster neck pickup and hot humbucking bridge pickup, knurled "chrome dome" master volume control knob that also functions as a push-pull bridge pickup coil-selector switch (full humbucking or inner coil only for single-coil bridge pickup tone), knurled "chrome dome" three-position rotary pickup selector switch (in place of a tone control knob), single-ply white pickguard (black pickguard on Vintage Blonde model) and six-saddle hard-tail bridge. Case sold separately

Features
  • Basswood body
  • Satin-finish maple neck with "C"-shaped profile
  • 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Single-coil Stratocaster neck pickup and hot humbucking bridge pickup
  • Master volume control push-pull bridge pickup coil-selector switch
  • Three-position rotary pickup selector switch
  • Single-ply white pickguard (black pickguard on Vintage Blonde model)
  • 6-saddle hard-tail bridge
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Body
    Body Material: Basswood
    Body Finish: Gloss Poly
    Body Shape: Stratocaster
    Neck
    Neck Material: Maple
    Neck Finish: Satin Poly
    Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241mm)
    Number of Frets: 21
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
    Position Inlays: Black Dot
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Hot Humbucking
    Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
    Controls: Master Volume, 3-Position Rotary
    Pickup Switching: 3-Position Rotary Pickup Selector Switch: Position 1. Neck Pickup (Full Clockwise) Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (Middle) Position 3. Bridge Pickup (Full Counterclockwise)
    Pickup Configuration: HS
    Special Electronics: Push/Pull Coil Selector Switch (On Master Volume Pot): Normal Position: Full Bridge Humbucking Pickup Up Position: Inside Coil of Bridge Humbucking Pickup
    Hardware
    Bridge: Hard-Tail 6-Saddle
    Hardware Finish: Chrome
    Tuning Machines: Standard Die-Cast
    Pickguard: 1-Ply White
    Miscellaneous
    Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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Vintage Modified Squier '51
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TWANG

THIS GUITAR WAS A REAL SURPRISE. YOU LOOK AT IT AND THINK STRAT, BUT IT COME OFF TELE. IT HAS MORE TWANG FOR THE BUCK THAN MOST .THE "TRADITIONAL TONE CONTROL...Read complete review

THIS GUITAR WAS A REAL SURPRISE. YOU LOOK AT IT AND THINK STRAT, BUT IT COME OFF TELE. IT HAS MORE TWANG FOR THE BUCK THAN MOST .THE "TRADITIONAL TONE CONTROL POT" DOES'NT EXIST BUT, YOU HAVE A THREE POSITION PICKUP KNOB THAT GIVES YOU THREE TONES PLUS ANOTHER PUSH PULL POT(COIL SPLITTER) ON THE VOLUME TO ADD TWO MORE TONES. OVERALL IT IS BRIGHT. BUT YOU CAN CONTROL THAT AT THE AMP IF MORE BASS IS NEEDED. A REFRESHING ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love / Hate guitar

1st - I love the neck...really. I love TO neck too, but I digress. Anyway, the feel of the neck suites my hand pefectly, the playability not so much. I...Read complete review

1st - I love the neck...really. I love TO neck too, but I digress. Anyway, the feel of the neck suites my hand pefectly, the playability not so much. I had it set up by a pro luthier right out of the gate (neck had to be shimmed a tad, decent strings installed, lowered action, intonation, etc.) and it still feels sloppy to me. The pups are meh, but I didn't expect a lot - you shouldn't either. Fit and finish is fine. For the MF price and fast delivery - 5 stars. For instrument just a 3 from me.

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Great buy!

By Dave H

from Greenwood IN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

    Got one of these in sunburst. Expectations were not super high but reviews seemed to be good. This is an excellent guitar regardless of price. I have played it almost daily since I received it. I took it right out of the box and started playing, no professional set up required. Reviews about rough frets, etc? I can only say that is not the case here. I am completely satisfied with this guitar!

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT!

    By Dave H

    from Greenwood IN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

      Will use for jamming and band practice, playing out, etc. Thhis guitar was playable right out of the box! Have played it for hours since I got it. Neck set up is much better than I expected.

       
      5.0

      Excellent buy!

      By Dave H

      from Greenwood IN

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

        I have played bass guitar for years but decided I wanted to play lead guitar and wanted a guitar I could leave in open G tuning so I wouldn't have to constantly re tune my stratocaster. I was attracted to this guitar because of it's looks and by the good reviews it seemed to get. Got a great deal on a cyber monday sale. The guitar is great as far as I am concerned. It arrived in perfect condition and had no flaws that I can see. Great tones and playability . I have played it right out of the box with no additional set up required. Very happy with this guitar.

         
        5.0

        As good as the big league guitars.

        By Jerry

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

        Fun guitar to play. Bought it as a gift but after testing it out I like it just as much or more than my Fender Strat or my Squire Jazzmaster. There were comments about the grain showing through on the vintage blond color which are true, but after playing the guitar for a while it really didn't matter anymore. It almost gave it an instant worn look.

         
        5.0

        Excellent guitar for the money

        By Jamie

        from Swansea, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

            Just started playing again after an extended break. The neck on this guitar is smooth as butter. It stays in tune and sounds good.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this again

            By Whatever

            from Ithaca, New York

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nicely set up for an inexpensive guitar.

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

              Gig with it. I'm a strat guy, but I always hit the pick up switch while playing. Problem GONE with this cool instrument. It's a dream

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              2016 Vintage Modified Squire "51"

              By Maq

              from Dallas, Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Price
              • Nice Neck Feel and Finish
              • Solid Electronics
              • Stays in Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anywhere to show off something different
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

                I love this Guitar. For the price it is absolutely great. I have a lot of fun playing it which means I play it often.

                Initially the neck finish was just a little rough, not bad, but not nice. So I ran 3000 grit sandpaper over the finish lightly and it is now perfect. It needed a proper set up which I found with my New Gibson Les Paul at 7 times the price. The action was a little high, it needed some relief, (it had none), the bridge needed adjustment, the nut was fine and the intonation was way off. But again this was also true on my New Gibson Les Paul. I know there are some that are great out of the box this one was not. It played fine and sounded fine, it just needed some adjustment. So what!

                That does not bother me in the least and it should not deter future buyers. Every Guitar Player should buy a Basic Guitar Maintenance book and feel comfortable doing basic things. It helps you learn about your guitar and makes the guitar feel much more personal to you. Your guitar with your setup preferences.

                There are lots of Clubs and Forums for this guitar with tons and tons of modifications available. If you want a guitar that you are not afraid to take on a trip with you or not afraid to experiment with on any kind of Mod imaginable, then this would be perfect.

                I like the Stock Sound with the Stock Pickups and don't want to change any of that. I may make a few asthetic changes. Fancier string guides, different Pick Guard, maybe rosewood fretboard someday. But there is nothing I or you have to change to enjoy this Guitar. I give it 5 Stars because I can't find anything wrong with it to complain about. Plays great, sounds great, stays in tune, looks great and looks different so people like to ask... "What's that?".

                Plus I was Born in October of 1951, so I had to have one... Could never afford an original Fender 1951 Guitar so this will have to do and it does just fine!! Get one, can't go wrong. Someone will want it if you don't.

                Maq

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Needs a little work, but has what I want

                By mv

                from Moore, OK

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

                  Overall, I really like this guitar. Is made of basswood, not my fav, but for this guitar it works fine. Biggest problem is getting the bridge to stay mounted flush. I used a small dab of wood glue along with a pieces of toothpick into the screw holes to be able to tighten the bridge screws tight enough to hold it to the body-the bridge was lifting off the body when I received the guitar. I really like the bridge: it is string through and has slots for the outer 2 saddle screws so they cannot move around. That always bothered me about most fender type guitars, how the saddles could move around effecting intonation.

                  I replaced the nut with a graphite pro-line nut, fit well with little modification to the nut and was worth it for the added tuning stability and better tone.

                  The tuners seem acceptable, I may upgrade to standard Fender or Fender locking.

                  I like the pickups. Had to take off pickguard to be able to raise the neck pickup-added a piece of foam underneath the pickup. Only thing I wish is that the bridge pickup had adjustable pole pieces on at least one side so I could match it to the string radius.

                  No tone knob is fine for me, I just turn down the volume a little to help tame.
                  I did replace the push pull volume knob with one that had an adjustment screw to hold it on, as the one it came with kept pulling off.

                  I like the neck. It is a little thicker than a modern C, but still very comfortable to play. Also really like the light satin finish on back of neck, seems faster than the thick poly that is put on a lot Squier/Fender guitars.

                  I would buy another if they go on clearance like they did with the first run. I have the 2 tone burst color, but still would like the blonde with black pickguard.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Top in class

                  By Dennisio

                  from Summerhill, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Balanced
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Pleasantly light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All-around all-purpose winner

                    Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

                    I bought a scratch and dent. Small nick on back is of no consequence, the guitar is like new.

                    I received an Indonesian model of high quality, and it immediately became one of my favorites.

                    Fantastic value, I'm ready to buy another in a different color.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very happy with this guitar. Sounds are truly amazing.

                    By KlingonPuppy

                    from San Francisco, CA.

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Vintage Modified Squier '51:

                      I always breakdown and setup new instruments when I purchase them. Minimal adjustment on pickups and just a 30 minute sit down with an allen wrench for saddle height adjustments. Intonation was right on out of the box. Put a couple of coats of polish on and looks and feels great! Good balance, neck and frets are spot on and plays awesome. Sounds awesome. Can see a little of the wood grain coming through but I like it. Gives it a very cool uniqueness. Color is more of a Cafe Latte off white. Nice!

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