Rediscovered my CY99 Standard Strat...would love to learn more about it!

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by kniah, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. kniah

    kniah Squier Talker

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    Jan 30, 2019
    Waltham, MA
    This guitar probably shares a similar story to many Squier instruments. I bought this guitar new in high school (yes, I'm the first owner!), hammered out power chords on it for a year or two, then went to college and never pursued my career as a rock star...

    But, I've recently gotten a second wind - 18 years later! A couple co-workers of mine decided to form a rock band and were too polite to say no to a beginner. I've been jamming the past few months a couple times a week and am having way too much fun.

    I recently read up on how to do a basic setup and finally replaced the 18 year old strings. Still in love with the sunburst finish as much as the day I bought it. It's completely stock except for the roller nut, which I installed after the plastic nut broke back in high school (I think it was an ebay special).

    While researching I stumbled across this site and would be grateful for any information that folks can provide on this guitar. Seems like it is a Yako (Taiwan?) made instrument. It's got 21 frets, a thinner neck (I roughly measured 41mm with a tape measure at the nut), and full size 1.75in thick body. Also has the 6-point trem.

    I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts on the pickups, body wood type, and any recommendations on worthwhile upgrades. Thanks in advance!

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  2. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

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    well, it certainly says "standard", and it should be 1999?

    looks like it has a replaced nut perhaps?

    Welcome to Squier-Talk, @kniah - I am sure someone who knows more will be along soon! :)
     
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  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    oh, and she's a beauty!
     
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  4. Strang_Banger

    Strang_Banger Squier-Meister

    Nice looking Squier, friendo! Play hella outta it!!
    And welcome to the forum.
     
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  5. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-Nut

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    Agathis, ceramic pickups. If you're still that thrilled with it as you sound like, theres no upgrades that need to be done. Do yourself a favor, put your wallet away and get to know the guitar again, you may find you like it as it is. FWIW, here's my 99 CY

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  6. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Welcome to Squier Talk - Beautiful strat ! listen to ace - keep her stock until you get a little better ! ! amazing shape for a 20 year old - nice case also !
     
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  7. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    Nice guitar! I had a 2000 standard. 6 screw trem with ceramic pickups. It sounded great. I didn't upgrade the pickups or electronics because it sounded so good. My tuners were even original. I did replaced the nut to bone. I sold it last year when I thinned out. Play it a while and then you'll know if something needs to be upgraded.
     
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  8. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    She's purdy.. keep her stock.
     
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  9. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Beautiful guitar. Welcome to the forum. You'll love it here.

    The Yako built Standards are fantastic. You have a rare instrument. No need to change pickups ... just enhance them.

    The only mods that I would recommend:
    - split the coil in the humbucker and add a push/pull
    - add a 7 way switch

    Man, the amount of tones you'll be able to obtain is unimaginable.
     
  10. kniah

    kniah Squier Talker

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and compliments on the guitar! No worries, only upgrades so far have been a new case (old gig bag seemed inadequate since I'm actually taking it on the road regularly now) and a new strap. The guitar is not the weak link in this relationship! I have really enjoyed getting reacquainted and trying to learn as many different styles of music as possible. Looking forward to being a part of the community here and soaking up all of the info.
     
  11. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY

    kenny lol
     
  12. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Jan 26, 2015
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    Hello, welcome and congratulations.. A CY Standard is a rather uncommon guitar. Some believe, and I subscribe to the theory that Yako built guitars are a cut above their contemporaries. The fit, finish and comfort level is superior.

    Have fun.
     
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  13. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    Very nice ! Looks like it's been in a time capsule ;)

    &. Welcome to the forum yo.gif yo.gif
     
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  14. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-Meister

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    Man, that thing is clean! Lovely guitar there. I agree with all the rest of the “keep it stock” folks.
     
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  15. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    Nice axe! You have a lot of catching up to do with that baby! Leave it stock and rock.


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  16. Dave M

    Dave M Squier-Meister

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    Well for starters it's the first year for the standard, and it's uniqueness is that was only made for 2 years then they went to 22 frets........That baby is way to clean....!!!:)NICE !!
     
  17. itsyourboyGru

    itsyourboyGru Squier Talker

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  18. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-Meister

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    Welcome!
    BTW Instruments which come out of the Yako factory have a good reputation!
     
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  19. VMamp

    VMamp Squier Talker

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    99 Strat Standard Squires are listed as Hardwood with 45mm thickness bodies, 2000 onwards are lsted with 45mm thickness Agathis, 22 frets, etc. Looks like an Alder body.

    I have a Squire Standad (CY 2000) but upgraded, a really nice player and my main gigging guitar.
     
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  20. kniah

    kniah Squier Talker

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    I don't want to dwell on Agathis vs Alder too much regarding the body wood but was curious so I dug into it a little. Thank you for the post VMamp, I think your assessment is correct. I couldn't find many official photos of Agathis burst finish Squiers (all the new stuff seems to be Alder or Basswood) but here is what I found:

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/agathis.80436/
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    https://reverb.com/item/1315220-squ...dy-full-thickness-agathis-includes-neck-plate
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    And here is an official one for Alder:

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