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Help In Choosing First Guitar

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I've been considering this for a while now and my choices are narrowed down to either a Squier 60's Classic Vibe or a MIM Fender Strat HSS.
The Fender is $200 more, with the main differences being I love the look of the Fender with aged cherry top and it has 1 humbucker pickup.
The only thing I like better about the Squier is it costs $200 less.
Should I expect that the hardware on the Fender would be better quality or about the same? Since I don't know how to play and this will be an instrument to learn on I'm not sure how much difference that will make.
I'd appreciate any opinions.

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Squier is Fender's low-cost range. You should be fine with one - Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro plays a Squier

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That's the tough call. Both are great guitars but I have to say that the Custom Vibe are really exceptional. Save the $200 and get a comparable quality guitar that I don't think you'll regret. The Fender HSS one is price just right but the Custom Vibe hits at a price way below its quality. So I would go for the custom vibe based on value.

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I would choose Squier. If You need humbucker, check these
You should check also Yamaa Pacifica. It's great altrnative for Squier and Fender.