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Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar  

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Introducing the perfect wave of Squier sound, feel and value with the all-new Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster, which features highly distinctive tube-style pickups and classically colorful finishes... Click To Read More About This Product

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Introducing the perfect wave of Squier sound, feel and value with the all-new Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster, which features highly distinctive tube-style pickups and classically colorful finishes that evoke the sand, sun and fun vibe of Fender's early-'60s golden age.

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  • Basswood body
  • 25.5" Scale maple neck, choice of rosewood or maple fretboard (depending on availability), 9.5" radius, 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Duncan Designed LS-102 for Strat tube-style single-coil neck, middle and bridge pickups
  • Master volume, neck tone, and middle tone controls, 5-way pickup selector switch
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SquierVintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Value for the Money

I have a lot of guitars. This one intrigued me because of the surf green color and the Duncan-designed tube style pickups. I knew it was a Squier and it didn't cost a...Read complete review

I have a lot of guitars. This one intrigued me because of the surf green color and the Duncan-designed tube style pickups. I knew it was a Squier and it didn't cost a ton, so I took a chance at purchasing it. I was hopeful, but not expecting the moon with this guitar. I thought the aesthetic was cool. The first guitar arrived with the neck pick-up disengaged. I couldn't fix it so I sent it back. MF handled the return and reshipment flawlessly. Thanks MF. I have to say I was pretty bummed that the first guitar wasn't playable, because it looked gorgeous. So, did the second one! The surf green color is great. Even my wife commented on the color. I like the white sparkle pick-guard and the rosewood fretboard with the maple head stock. It's just a pretty little guitar. The action was nicely set and it plays great, too. Another nice surprise. The pick-ups are plenty hot for me. They've got a very good sound - nice and punchy. The trem was set all the way back so it took a lot to get it to move at all. I took another chance and set up the tremolo a la Carl Verheyen's method - and it worked this time! I was able to get this tremolo to float beautifully so I can pull up and dive bomb with the guitar staying in tune. On a Squier! I've got some very expensive guitars that don't do that. I already liked this guitar, now I love it. I have to give it 5 stars even with the one return. I have a blast with it every time I play. It has totally exceeded my expectations. This would be the perfect guitar for someone just starting out. It's even a joy for an old hack like me. Go get one!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Guitar For the Price

I've played guitar for over 15 years. I've owned big jazz box type guitars such as the Epiphone Joe Pass model, Les Paul copys like the Ibannez PF300 and MIM Strats. If you're...Read complete review

I've played guitar for over 15 years. I've owned big jazz box type guitars such as the Epiphone Joe Pass model, Les Paul copys like the Ibannez PF300 and MIM Strats. If you're looking for that early 60's vibe without paying $1500 for the reissue, this is a great choice. Easily the best Squier I've ever owned.
I was a little hesitant about the "Duncan Designed" lipstick pickups but they actually sound a lot better than your average Squier pickups (assuming you have a decent left-hand tone). The instrument I got happened to be very well set up, getting a proper set up and intonation is extremely important with these cheaper guitars. There was some minor protrusion of the frets off the fretboard, but that's to be expected with a brand-new guitar. I read a lot of reviews online where people complain about the frets but you can't really expect a new instrument to be broken in already. The fret protrusion will be worn down with playing time. The neck and fretboard are decent enough, no dead spots or fret buzz on mine. I haven't opened it up and checked on the electronic yet but I haven't had an issue with shorts or the pots in the tone/vloume knobs "humming".
Obviously it's a less expensive Strat, don't expect Gilmour or Clapton tone out of it (unless you're Clapton or Gilmour). But it's a very serviceable instrument for the price. Plays fantastic and has great tone compared to other instruments in this price range.
I had always wanted a surf green strat so I might be a little biased, but show me another inexpensive guitar that sounds this good.

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4.0

Wonderfully Affordable Guitar

By gmconklin

from Lockport, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Low Quality Paint Job, Easily "chips" off
  • Requires More Than Normal Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live Playing
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

I'll start by saying this is probably my 10th Statocaster, I have had them all from Bullets to American's. I have 4 in my collection currently, so I have a decent assortment from which to draw accurate comparisons here. This is a very nice guitar, one which I bought because I wanted lipstick pickups, and since this one had them, I figured I would give it a shot as I have owned several Squire models previously and they were all pretty decent. I would rate this guitar higher than any other Squire I have owned, however, as aside from the extensive setup it required (including a spring swap (first time for me on that one)), to get the tremolo to float as I prefer, this is a pretty great feeling guitar overall. I really like the neck specifically, it has a nice, smooth lacquer finish that is not sticky at all and the shape is to my liking as well. I also find the pickups to be noticeably more "quacky" than my other Strats, I hate that adjective, but not sure how else to describe it... they sound different at least than my others, so that was really what I was going for here. That being said, the pickups are a bit muddy somehow so they lack something in the clarity department but, I mean they are not top line pickups and they don't make an inordinate amount of ambient noise so I won't complain much more about them. Fit and finish are also good, the neck is straight and easily adjusted to your liking. Mostly I found it quite easy to play, so it really would also lend itself well to a beginner that has not yet become an endurance player. You could argue for a 5-star rating, as these imports are really getting better and better each year IMO, but there were a few things I felt could have been improved upon as this is at the top end of the low end/entry level guitar spectrum.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

To Richard

By splitcoil

from ohio

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

    Richard: This is not a "surf" guitar, it's a strat that's painted "surf green". That's simply the name of the color. In order to get that surf sound you want a Jazzmaster and a Fender Reverb unit run through a Fender tube amp. This setup is very expensive. A cheaper alternative is a modeling amp which can mimic those sounds.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pickups are AMAZING!

    By kHendrix

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

      I originally bought this to be a project guitar. Had plans to swap out the pickups, guard, pots, switch, bridge, etc... After having it for about two weeks, she's still sitting in her stand completely stock. The only mod I mad was swapping the string tree to a Tele style circle tree. It took some tooling around to get her setup just the way I like, but once I got past that, I really fell in love with it! One, the color is amazing and is also hard to find on a "bargain" guitar. Two, these lipstick pups are CLEAN, crystal clean. I'm thoroughly impressed with them. Three, the neck plays like butter. I've heard horror stories of sharp fret edges, gaps in the neck pocket and so on, but there was ZERO of any of that here. Now, all guitars go through the manufacturing process, and some come out better than others, so I could have just received a good apple, but I'm having a hard time finding anything that I dislike about this guitar, at all. Great bang for the buck!

      (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I'm not sure why they call this a surf guitar?

      By RICHARD

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

      Sent back. I couldn't get the guitar to sound anything at all like Dick Dale, or any one else known for their surf music

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar

      By Dan in the shoe

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

        This guitar was not set up at all when I received it. Fret buzz city. But I have experience with many guitars so I went to work on it, changed strings to 10s, set the neck relief to .010", set the intonation, adjusted the action on the saddles, then I still had fret buzz so I checked the frets and found two of them to be uneven so I leveled them. Now it plays very nicely and I really like it. I just caution people to be aware that you will probably need it serviced as soon as you get it because they ship it out of the factory without doing anything to make it play nicely. I will probably install Fender hot noiseless pickups on it next. Factory pickups are OK but I prefer to start out with a budget guitar body and then upgrade it.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar

        By Robert

        from undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

          Recording

           
          4.0

          Got a Good One

          By plangent music

          from manhattan

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

              I know the Squiers are inconsistent, then again, what isn't? I ordered on line and after a little set up, she was ready to rock. I never played lipstick pups before. I LOVE THEM. They have alower output, which was a little off-putting at first, but they sound great for clean jangly stuff and when pushed, they overdrive immediately so when you turn up the volume , they SCREAM. This was meant as a back up practice guitar, but...I know know... it may wind up being my main instrument.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Better luck next time!

              By musicman 1

              from Logan WV

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

              I got this "Open box special, level 1" Well, the finish is perfect, beautiful sea foam green color. The electronics all worked and the pickups sounded pretty good.......but! The neck pickup screw had come out, pickup loose, so had to take off pickguard to fix that. When I played it, the bottom E string kept sliding off the frets. Found that the nut was not centered and more to the bottom......replaced nut with Graphtech nut. Also noticed frets were over filed, believe it or not, with too much of an angle extending inward on the fretboard. Noticed same problem on low E string past fifth fret. Looked and saw that the string was almost off the fretboard at the guitar end. Found that the bridge was mounted too high causing this, you could even tell by how the pickguard fit. Moving the bridge an 1/8 in. or so was something I didn't want to try......too many screw holes to deal with......so I was able to loosen and shift the neck a little to compensate for the mis-aligned bridge. After all that, it players and sounds pretty good, BUT I shouldn't have had to do all that. I should have returned it, AND, it shouldn't, have been sold like that in the first place. So, no more open boxes for me.........and no more Vintage Mod. Squiers either!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Very poor craftsmanship!

              By Trummer

              from Aberdeen, SD

              About Me Novice

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

                  Guitar arrived with all of the screws holding the pickups loose. If fact the neck pick up screws could be pulled out with finger tips. The screws were not even screwed in and there was nothing to screw them into underneath. Sent it back with even getting to play it.

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Surfcaster beauty

                  By David

                  from Portland, OR

                  Site Member

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Surf Electric Guitar:

                  I have been searching for that Seafoam green Strat for a long time. This one hits the mark. It is very authentic with a vintage feeling. The pickups are not high output, but they are what I imagine true vintage Strat pickups should sound like. I have a Hotrail in the bridge of my other strat for that kind of wanking. Thank goodness for the small footprint headstock. I hate those stupid usual Squire abominations. I was looking for a maple fretboard for the look, but I definitely prefer the rosewood for the sound and feel. They make a great product. I build guitars and do lots of mods so I have a little extra wiggle room on making a decent guitar into a great one. I have 21 electric guitars and pride myself on finding the diamond in the rough. Nearly every guitar of mine has been modified in one way or another. I can't see doing anything to this one, except maybe adding some fancy knobs. I am not a huge surf guitar fan, but this one is not overly jangly. Love it. For this price you will too!

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