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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by fattboyzz, Jul 9, 2019.
Not enough of a difference to warrant the price difference ! ! ! and I didn't even watch it ! ! !
Cause I already have ! lol
I'm out too.
The maple neck is clearer in tone, but then it is maple...Not a good comparison since they are not alike.
I wish we had stats (type of pick ups, and electronics info, type of body wood) and prices for each guitar. But regardless, it is totally a no brainer. No reason to pay out extra cash, when it is mostly down to the player. Squier all the way.
I’ve said it before but CV and VM Squiers are as good/better than MIM Fenders
Proff that tone is more an amp thang
Or a recording and engineering thing.
Sorry to burst your bubble Squier snobs, but as great as my Classic Vibe 60s Strat sounds and plays, my MIM Player Series Strat sounds and plays even greater, and my Am Performer Strat sounds and plays even greaterer.
I've not played a Mexican Player Series Strat but the Standards that preceded them did not sound good to my ears. Maybe now they have alnico pickups instead of ceramics, they're better but I would take a Squier Deluxe or CV over an old MiM Standard any day of the week.
I have two MIM Std Strats and two CV Strats. They're a bit different. The CVs have a slimmer neck and the MIM have the satin finish.
My CVs are excellent instruments. I especially love my CV 60's. My two MIM Std are amazing, my Bk Strat with Maple neck is a gem.
I have to mention that, all my Strats have been upgraded or personalized with new pickups. I don't like the ceramic pups on the MIM Std.
The new Player Series have great sounding alnico pickups. That was one of the major upgrades over the Mexican Standards, the others being a slimmer 22 fret neck and an American style two point bridge. I didn't like the ceramic Mexican Std pickups either.
I think it was the deciding factor for me, as far as I remember anyway. The Standard I tried felt heavier and a little more substantial than the Squier Deluxe (which wasn't surprising as the Deluxe is made from basswood, I think). The necks....I want to say the Deluxe neck was better but it was 5 years or so ago so my memory is a little hazy. I know it wasn't worse, anyway. The ceramic pickups just didn't sound like a Strat to me, so I went for the Deluxe. I like the Duncan Designed pickups in it but tbh, they aren't really my idea of a classic Strat sound either. Maybe just a bit too modern for an old fool like me. I love overwound humbuckers in 'super strat' guitars but in a Standard Strat, single-coil, alnico Vs with a vintage-ish output are what I love.
As much as I like my Squiers my made in USA Strats neck just feels better. It is maple BTY.
Honestly..... they are a better value
The new player series are some pretty killer guitars , but still out of my reach financially. So I went the Stratosphere route with his loaded guard
I picked up a Deluxe last year and really liked it. Fantastic neck . I liked the pups alot at first ,but I also never bonded with the newish tone of them.
I sold the body & neck on here ,but kept the neck .
It is a fantastic neck. I didn't want to say it was better than a MiM Strat because I honestly can't remember, but it feels great, from the smooth 'unfinished finish' on the back, to the nicely (slightly) figured maple 'board on the front.
Internet forum finds that guitars are different..
My #1 is a 2008 MIM Standard. However I really like my VM70 and my Squier Standard! I play all of em regularly! Most of the above comments relate to generalizations in my opinion. Not all VMs or CVs or MIMs are the same to other ones of the same model. I just got the right one and I bonded with it! Other MIMs I've played not as much! It could have been a VM or another model that I would have liked best.
You could well be right as far as feel and playability are concerned, and I have only played one Squier Deluxe and one MiM Standard, but I have a feeling that ceramic PUPs on a classic-style Strat are just not my bag.
I love Squier/epiphone but if I have my choice to get the “real deal” than I’ll do it. I’ve played a bunch of Squiers/epiphones and I’ll pick a USA Fender over a MIM/any other country Squier any day if I can afford it. Side note, I played my father in laws 1990s Gibson Studio last night, I had a Epiphone Studio...same color, model etc and the Gibson blows it away. No contest. Again, side by side, if I have my choice to pick a USA Fender over Squier/MIM and money’s not a object than all day USA. why not? Life’s short. yolo.
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