Squier Mini Strat

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  1. chemobrainkid

    chemobrainkid Squier-Meister

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    Squier Mini Strat
    3/4-size Solidbody Electric Guitar
    22.75" scale length

    If you have experience of the Squier Mini Strat please share your valued experience and knowledge ,
    are these anomalies just quirks that are build like pooh or will they actually hold together bringing the joys of short scale slide playing into my life.short scale and a set of 12's = magic formula.

    In the past, I missed my chance to get the HELLO KITTY models, (one in pink and one in black) at "get these out of my store prices" I fancy that a hello kitty with a Dimarzio Invader pick up would be just the ticket for a stressed out high gain preamp with a crack of doom over drive pedal in front.
    :rolleyes: in either pink or black.
     
  2. Squireitup

    Squireitup Squier-Meister

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    I'm not sure how to respond to this. I want a mini and a kitty.

    ?
     
  3. oldtimer

    oldtimer Squier-Nut

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    The Squier mini is every bit as well-built as its full size equivalent model. It just comes down to whether or not you like the short scale and can live with a single tone control working on all pickups.

    I don't play slide, so I can't comment on its suitability for that.
     
  4. chemobrainkid

    chemobrainkid Squier-Meister

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  5. otisblove

    otisblove Squier-Nut

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    I bought 2 for my kids. As long as you make sure to tune them up 3 half steps to compensate for the short scale, tuning isn't a problem and they're great. I play them every now and then myself and I'm very impressed with the craftsmanship and sound that comes out of these "kid" guitars.
     
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  6. oldtimer

    oldtimer Squier-Nut

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    I didn't find it necessary to tune a mini higher with 10-46 strings for a reasonable tension.

    If the kids' ears get used to the sound of a higher tuned guitar now, they might find it difficult to adapt when they graduate to an adult-sized guitar in normal tuning. Also, in the meantime they'll find it harder to emulate what they hear others play. I wouldn't advise it.
     
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  7. otisblove

    otisblove Squier-Nut

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    Oldtimer makes a good point.
     
  8. chemobrainkid

    chemobrainkid Squier-Meister

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    I play slide in open tunings E,D,G, I like a big fat string because of the way the sound so harmonically defined, (I dunno?)
    play off the neck eliminates so many tedious frustrating issues .
    I also play lap slide but I prefer to play standing, maybe it was several years of busking that influenced my preference.
    I'm gonna buy a set of 13's , a medium jazz set, I think. I'll experiment on one of my lap steel guitars first.
     
  9. fett

    fett Squier-holic

    Jun 10, 2015
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    I love my Mini. They are fun to play. They can be modded. I bought one that had a Pup upgrade. I mean an UPGRADE. The previous owner installed 3 Seymour Duncan Duckbuckers. They sell new for around $85 each. I won!!! . Those pups can be easily installed in any Strat pick guard. God knows, I have more than enough full sized guitars. However, the Mini plays so well and sounds great, I think I will leave them there.
     
  10. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    Bought one for my son and he quickly outgrew it.. well he took over my VM70's Strat with the Rose set. :D

    The mini is still here and I noodle on it when I'm watching TV. It's a decent instrument and most definitely not a toy.
     
  11. Eddie

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    I brought two for my kids: $65 and $30. They don't really play, but whatever. I don't play them.
     
  12. Steelcityowl

    Steelcityowl Squier-Nut

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    Just picked this up.

    Seems as well put together as a Bullet to me.

    Sounds like a strat as well 20161119_100338.jpg
     
  13. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

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    I have a Squier "Mini player" with the built-in amp made in Indonesia that I
    take to the office on weekends and it's built like a tank with a 12" radius neck
    and a solid basswood body.
    I dont know if they're built like the Squier mini's but mine is near perfect Squier Mini Player.jpg
     
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  14. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Squier-Meister

    3 or 4 years ago my youngest nephew wanted to play guitar, problem was he was (and still is and probably will always be) small for his age. I mean really small, takes after his grandpa who was a little man. And he had little kid hands. His index finger barely reached across to the low E string so we went with the mini. I was surprised at how well it was made. The major issue this guitar had was the high E tuner and that may have been my nephew's fault and not the quality of the instrument. The boy was a walking demolition company.

    Unfortunately he found wrassling to be more interesting than guitar playing. The lessons lasted maybe 4-5 months and you knew he wasn't practicing. Basically it was a reason to go to grandma's house, play guitar with Uncle Dan for a while and then watch WWE and eat ice cream. As far as i know, that guitar is probably still sitting in one of my gig bags and hasn't been touched in years.
     
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  15. Bob123

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    Hi there, I've got a Squier Mini [PR755] exactly like your picture, well it is now, but not for much longer..
    It's getting a full sized scale neck upgrade, and I'm replacing the 1 watt amp [which is very tame] with the guts from an Orange Micro Crush 3W amp. [anything else requires major chopping about to fit] So it's some minor chopping about, and
    I know I should have taken photos but as it's halfway through, your pic can be the before.. and I'll post the after pic. [If I succeed that is].
     
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  16. -r3-

    -r3- Squier-holic

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    That's a cool idea/project ! Looking forward to seeing, maybe hearing the results.
     
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  17. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    I have two Squier Minis. Picked one up for $50 used and the other yesterday for 40, though it’s missing a saddle. Good guitars, better than a lot of Bullets and Affinities imo, but not quite as nice as a Standard
     
  18. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    I like the necks so much I put them on a full sized Strat and Tele...
     
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  19. fendereedo

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    A few years back, I rewired one of them with cloth wiring and new pots. It was a great little project. I ended up giving it to my nephew as a birthday gift.
     
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  20. Brocephus

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    A buddy of mine got one as his kid's first guitar, just to see if he'd stick with it before buying him something better, but the kid quickly graduated to a full-sized unit, so he traded off it to me. I always thought they were kind of amusing and interesting, but was never really inclined to get one, i just got it because i figured I could sell it more easily than whatever i traded for it (I forget, maybe a cheap little fender amp?)
    Well, after I set it up and intonated it, it turned out to be a dynamite little player !!! I was amazed at what a cool little guitar that thing was!
    I was playing it so much, I was ignoring my "real" guitars, and when I would play one of them, it was like the planet's gravity level had doubled or something, LOL!! That's when I knew I couldn't keep playing it, and I sold it.
     
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