Holy crap.... starcasters

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Powerstroke, Aug 8, 2021.

  1. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    I know what those are. Guitars are usually 3 pieces. These are every half inch or less. And not straight. I believe it's heat damage
     
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  2. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    About to string this thing up with 10-52 and chug
     
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  3. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    I got my hands on an arrowhead Starcaster yesterday for the first time. I have always steered clear of these because of bad reviews, but my friend bought one and I have to say, it was pretty nice. Full thickness body, and the neck felt real nice. No sharp edges or anything on the frets. Everything else (tuners, pickups, bridge, etc...) was just typical low end guitar parts. No different than what you find on any entry level Chinese guitar. The whole guitar was better than I had expected.
     
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  4. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Interesting. I saw my first one at guitar center in Scottsdale Sunday. It wasn't full thickness. So I didn't even both with it after buying this one.
    This one has a really cool neck profile. I'm not sure exactly what it is but it's sweet. It's pretty much same as a affinity from same year. The humbucker has adjustable poles unlike some ive seen on squiers. Most starcasters ive seen have wider spaced single coil pickups than squiers.
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  5. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    It has the narrow nut . I couldn't tell at first because the painted headstock threw me off. But it measured like 1.57"
    The shape of the neck is thin feeling with a nice radius on the back. Im not sure how to describe it. 20210817_030259.jpg 20210817_030253.jpg 20210817_030244.jpg 20210817_030241.jpg
     
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  6. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Neck has very little relief. Probably a result of it sitting w only 3 strings on it. Backed truss rod put all the way. Didn't do anything. I have a slight fret buzz
     
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  7. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Oh boy.. someone cranked the claw screws in fully 20210817_155934.jpg 20210817_155929.jpg
     
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  8. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Worst bridge I've seen so far.. there was a missing saddle. I pulled one from the really bad cherry burst saddle I swapped out. It's thicker and so is the block. This block zig zags lol 20210817_162903.jpg 20210817_162857.jpg 20210817_162741.jpg 20210817_162743.jpg
     
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  9. wraub

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  10. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    It sure is. I've got it set up now and it play pretty good. But I won't buy another skinny starcaster unless I just need a neck for cheap. My 2008 squier Indonesia affinity (same year and close serial number as this) has better finish and someone had already swapped all the update updatables so im not sure if the same year squiers were as bad or not. It didn't have the same tuners either because they have no screw marks. But these are are actually pretty smooth. If I could flip it for $100 it would be gone right now.
     
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  11. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    I'm seriously thinking about turning it into a frankenstrat
     
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  12. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Picked up a pw29 bridge...$30 at sam ash. So far I have got 3.
    The bridge is junk on some of these stars. 20210818_143618.jpg 20210818_143612.jpg 20210818_143605.jpg 20210818_143557.jpg
     
  13. Powerstroke

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  14. Stringbender53

    Stringbender53 Squier Talker

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    I found one of the Candy Apple Red ones at a Pawnshop in Casper last year, and was blown away with it! MINT condition with the matching headstock, die cast machine heads, white M.O.T.'s pearloid pickguard AND spring cover, decent rosewood fret board, and the maple of 80% of the neck actually has some really attractive figuring to it! Great overall build quality, came with all it's "Strat Pack" goodies: 10 watt "mini Fender" practice amp, "Fender" logo'd gig bag (with the thinnest padding I've ever seen, but still functional-LOL), cheap cable, and a black nylon strap: all out the door for $75! It needs some fret end filing and a better setup, but the real corker is while the pickups have the lowest nominal D.C. resistance for any single coil Strat pup I've ever measured (all 3 in the LOW 2K area), they sound surprisingly good too (didn't the short lived John Meyer "Artist" model Strat have low wound pups in it?). Great bang for the buck
     
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  15. Slacker G

    Slacker G Squier-Meister

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    I always thought of them as the Santa Claus guitars.

    They always showed up around Christmas in the big stores like Kmart Walmart & Walgreens.
     
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  16. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    I know that gig bag...some came with one 3 times thicker.
     
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