Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by TEXINGA, Sep 13, 2019.

Regarding the skunk...

  1. I prefer the skunk

    22 vote(s)
  2. I prefer no skunk

    3 vote(s)
  3. I couldn’t give a… if it has one

    35 vote(s)

    TEXINGA Squier-Nut

    Dec 7, 2018
    A lot has been covered on Squier Talk but has anyone talked about the likes or dislike of the Fender Skunk strip?

    So my question is “what are your thoughts regarding the skunk?”

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  2. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    Crappie fishing is coming...
    Just my personal opinion but I feel it looks cheap without a skunk. Ridiculous I know.....
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  3. -r3-

    -r3- Squier-holic

    Jan 28, 2016
    NC Piedmont
    My first guitar had one, so I got accustomed to seeing it. I have necks without one, but I really prefer the stripe.
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  4. Rey08

    Rey08 Squier-Meister

    Nov 18, 2017
    Yeah I had one that kept digging holes in my yard, so I set a live trap to get him, but that is only when the disaster started, Oh! You mean on a guitar neck, yes I prefer the stripe to be there.
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  5. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-holic

    Aug 9, 2011
    Brookyn, NYC
    Yup...despite the fact that my most expensive Fender is the only Fender or Squier I own without a skunk.
  6. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Nut

    I like the look, but wouldn't miss it. I have one guitar with a maple neck and no skunk, and it's an Epi Fender and 2 Squiers have it, and love the look - love my 'Kat, so.....guess I don't give a ...
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  7. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I could care less if a neck has one. I have one Fender type guitar that doesn't have a skunk stripe, Squier SE.
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  8. howserx

    howserx Squier-Meister

    Apr 20, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    Honestly I don't even notice them. I couldn't tell you if any of my guitars have them.
  9. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago now Sarasota
    How is this even a thing? Ridic.
  10. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    Actually I had never even thought about that til I joined this forum..If the neck calls for one, so be it..
    I cant see it when I'm playing and nether can the audience..Only ones that can see it are the band mates behind me..And they have more important things to do than eyeballing my guitar..
    All I need is a guitar that plays and sounds good to me..
  11. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-holic

    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    My two CY guitars don't have skunk stripes. My CV 50's Tele and the '04 Standard neck have them.

    I actually can't remember if my brand new MIM Fender has one or not. I don't think it does. My other two 'metal' guitars don't have them. (Jackson Rhoads and an LTD Superstrat)

    Edit: The MIM does have a skunk stripe. I checked some stock photos online.
  12. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    i don't think I even know which of my guitars have it vs don't have it
  13. drneilmb

    drneilmb Squier-Meister

    Jun 8, 2019
    Iowa, USA
    Irrelevant. My palm has never noticed the presence or absence. Having or not having a skunk stripe is one of the ridiculous vintage-like issues that Fender collectors appear to be nuts about, but people who play their guitars can't notice any difference from.
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  14. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    I prefer the stripe. The absence of it was one of my motivating factors for letting my CV 60s Strat go.

    EDIT: Usually, in my experience, the rounded end of the stripe that you can see won't have a completely flush finish with the rest of the neck. I like it as an extra reminder from time to time of where I'm at in relation to the rest of the neck.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019
  15. -r3-

    -r3- Squier-holic

    Jan 28, 2016
    NC Piedmont
    Umm... Nobody said anything about thinking the skunk stripe had something to do with how a guitar played, or what an audience might perceive. It is interesting to see some of your reactions though!:cool:
  16. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago now Sarasota
    like a headstock decal. "what if we were all blind.."
  17. RegularJim

    RegularJim Squier-Nut

    Dec 30, 2017
    Illiconsin, Wisinois
    I highly prefer the stripe. Every Fender/Squier product I own has one.

    Certainly has nothing to do with anything playing or sound wise. Purely psychological.

    Which is odd, because none of my non-Fender/Squiers have the stripe, and it doesn't bother me.

    I guess deep down I feel that the Fender/Squiers are supposed to have them and others are not.
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  18. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    It doesn't matter.

    One of my Squiers has it. I don't know about the others.

    Maybe there's a market for skunk stripe decals.
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  19. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago now Sarasota
    some people have sanded them off. I think some are just died that color, but there was a thread about it somewhere.
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