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Old 10-22-2010, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SX Hawk SE arrived from Rondo

NGD! Had to try a Hawk SE for $80. I don't know how Kurt does it, and with a real nice gig bag included it's really more like a $70 guitar. It's beautifully made, if a bit harsh sounding.

I'm new here, but I remember some of you guys from the Squier division of Strat-Talk from last year. Don't know how much discussion there's been about the Hawk SE, but I'm amazed and impressed.

For better or worse, I have to report that, like all the Bullet Strats I've seen, the blue is much more like Surf Green (Hey Pesky!), but it's a beautiful paint job, and with the glossy maple neck and cream knobs it looks just like an American Vintage '57. Should be an excellent unit to mod.

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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pics please!
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Congrats! I have an SX/Rondo P-bass and an SX STL-50 (Telecaster copy before they became the "Furian" model.)

I am real;ly happy with both. LOVE the necks on these things.

I am planning some upgrades for the Tele, but from what I hear a lot of replacement parts aren't a drop-in fit. Not sure about the Strats though. We need pics!
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HNGD! But lets see some pics!

I'm glad to hear some feedback about the SX Hawks from an owner. I've been curious.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well congrates on the new axe...NOW POST PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....LOL
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's the picture I forgot to upload!

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that is HOTTTTT...
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Has any one upgraded the pickups on a Hawk? Is the sound greatly improved?
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What a beaut! Now you got me gassin' for the CAR Hawk again, thanks alot! LOL
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Congrats! Very nice looking guitar.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Has any one upgraded the pickups on a Hawk? Is the sound greatly improved?


Never done it myself, but I heard a few done up with Toneriders or GFS pups... a nice upgrade, IMHO. I favor the Toneriders, but the nicer GFS pups are good too.

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Has any one upgraded the pickups on a Hawk? Is the sound greatly improved?
just put d. allen pups in my hawk. HUUUUGGGEEEE IMPROVEMENT! although i was really caught off guard, i wanted to use the cream pup covers off the hawk, but the single coils are waxed INTO the covers!! never seen anything like it. i tried to melt the wax out, but ended up scorching the plastic, so i tossed the whole set up. ended up aging some solid white plastic parts i had and dropped em in the hawk. big big BIG difference!!
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Anyone know if a standard Squier neck fits these bad boys?
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Someone said it was a no-go on another thread
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man, that Hawk is gorgeous!!! (Except for the damn headstock. I hate the new SX headstocks. Why the hell did they change them. They used to be cool, and much more Fender-y).

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man, that Hawk is gorgeous!!! (Except for the damn headstock. I hate the new SX headstocks. Why the hell did they change them. They used to be cool, and much more Fender-y).

hmmm.... i was looking at this one last night. the new headstock sucks, yes, but as much as i like my sx tele (old headstock, reshaped), i might be able to live with this one for a while
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I preferred the older SX headstock, too. Maybe they got a letter from Fender's lawyers? Last time I looked, the only old type headstock strats Rondo had left in stock was in their EG-1K strat-pak, $115 with a little amp, but not a maple neck.
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I preferred the older SX headstock, too. Maybe they got a letter from Fender's lawyers? Last time I looked, the only old type headstock strats Rondo had left in stock was in their EG-1K strat-pak, $115 with a little amp, but not a maple neck.
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Anyone know if a standard Squier neck fits these bad boys?
that's a definite no. i didn't try replacing the neck, but i tried putting a 3 ply squier pg on it. the neck cut out on the squier pg was too narrow. hawk necks are BEEFY.
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