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(@jimbob)
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hello,

I've only had my accoustic just over a month but have spoken to someone who has an electric for sale.

It's a Squire which i believe is a Fender Strat copy, i've looked it up and its just a quite basic starter electric with a small practice amp.

I spoken to this guy (who was actually just working on the building at my work) he says he bought it about a year ago for around £160.00 as a starter kit with practice amp etc. he hasn't got on with it very well and said he could count the amount of times hes played it on 2 hands! and when he does get time to play he just messes on his acoustic rather than getting the electric out so that why he's selling!

He want's £60-70 for it, which - if what he said is true - sounds like a good deal. I'm looking at it tomorrow and - to get to my point - i wanted to know if i should be looking for anything in particular when checking it over to buy. I'm going to see if it feels comfortable to play etc. but i'm not sure what to look for problems wise i.e. is there anything likely to break on those guitars?

I just thought if he hasn't played it much it seem like quite a good price, maybe too good if you know what i mean. then again he might just want rid of it. I just wanna be carfull and not get ripped off!

hope to hear your comments - oh and its short notice because i'm looking at it tomorrow!

thanks
J

:shock: i went on a bit there - apologies :roll:


   
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I'm not very experienced on the technical side of things, but I owned a Squire for quite a while. It played really nice. The only problem on mine was that there were several frets starting around the 14th fret mark that would buzz. I dont think it was just my technique either because it was that way no matter who played it.

Other than that.. I loved it.

Jim
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(@primeta)
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Things can break even on any electric.
Check that the pickup switch works in each position. You can gently tap each pickup with a coin when it's on to be sure. Twiddly all the knobs and make sure they have some effect. Play all the notes and check for buzz.
If you can, take a tuner and check the intonation- see Nils http://home.nycap.rr.com/nils/BasicGuitarSetup.htm#intonation
Make sure the trem is working.
But it sounds like a good deal.

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(@jimbob)
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cheers guys

Primeta - really basic question but do you tune an electric with it on (through the amp) or off? :?
and whats a trem :oops: :?

:D


   
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(@primeta)
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My ears are so bad I always plug the cable into my tuner, which has an input for that purpose. Otherwise I think off is best.
Trem- tremolo bar, whammy bar, the metal bar that sticks out to the side of the bridge and enables you to rapidly jiggle the strings. A lot of people don't use it and end up blocking it to give better tuning stability.

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(@jimbob)
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not sure if this one has a trem but cheers for the tips

anyone else - any helpfull hints :D


   
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(@blazedphool)
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I currently own a squier right now, after about a month of playing I quickly realized it was not that great. Theres lots of buzz on basically all frets, not trying to discourage you, but pretty soon you will be wanting to replace the squier. Soon as in maybe a month or so of playing it. The amp that comes with the kit (Frontman 15w) is actually not that bad for the price you pay. All in all the kits not all that great, but for the price, if you absolutely can't wait to just save for something later on, then its a good investment while you save up for a replacement.

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(@jimbob)
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cool

I know that they aren't the best around but i've still got my acoustic aswell and for the price -as you say- i might buy it even if i will replace it in a few months.

anything you can think of that might go wrong?


   
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(@shibby)
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I think it sounds like a good deal for the amp and guitar.


   
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(@hawken)
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If you're getting "buzz" on your frets it can probably be easily rectified by adjusting the action at the bridge or adjusting the truss rod (or a little of both). This is the solution to the vast majority of "buzz" issues.

I just bought a squire tele about 2 months ago. I almost always play acoustic, but I wanted an electric and I am very happy with my squire tele. When I got it out of the box I was getting a touch of buzz on the upper frets of the A string....quick bridge adjustment (those bridges are so easy to adjust) and it was perfect.

I think this squire strat that you've got your eyes on sounds like a good deal.


   
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(@jimbob)
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thanks for the info guys

I'll post on monday to let you know if it was any good and tell you if i bought it!

:D


   
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(@teleplayer324)
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The squiers are good solid work guitars, I own a few and wouldn't trade them. As for fret buzz, if you can't resolve it yourself by adjusting the saddle height at the bridge and or adjusting the truss rod, spend the $25 bucks to have it set up at your local guitar shop.

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(@smokindog)
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The squiers are good solid work guitars, I own a few and wouldn't trade them. As for fret buzz, if you can't resolve it yourself by adjusting the saddle height at the bridge and or adjusting the truss rod, spend the $25 bucks to have it set up at your local guitar shop.

I have a squier standard tele, great guitar for the $, like teleplayer said, spend the $ and have it set up, it worth every cent :D --the dog

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(@wah-wah_junkie)
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Go for it! in fact i have just bought a squier strat from a friend for 75 it is an excellent guitar considering the price. good playabilty

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(@bluezoldy)
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Squiers are much better guitars than 'guitar snobs' give them credit for.

Properly set up they play well and can often leave the Mexican-made Fenders way behind. I recently tried 5 MIM Teles and a Squier Standard Tele at my local store and the Squier was superior in sound and build quality (and I bought it).

Some older Squiers are now getting higher prices than Mexican Fenders on eBay.

Here is a forum which specialises in the Squier where you will find entries by 'real Fender' guitarists who have bought Squiers and found them undeserving of the reputation they have with some players:

Squier Forum

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