Fender FSR Standard Stratocaster HH
Fender FSR Standard Stratocaster HH

FSR Standard Stratocaster HH, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Limited Edition Stratocaster series.

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MGR/Johnathan 11/04/2007

Fender FSR Standard Stratocaster HH : MGR/Johnathan's user review

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I've been playing for nine years and play everything from rock to Gospel. I actually bought my Squier Strat two years ago, but I thought I'd submit a review for it now.

I was in Tillman Music in Rock Hill, SC when I found this guitar. I was really just looking around killing time with my dad and I saw it hanging there. At the time I was 19 and did a lot of Nirvana covers with my band. It was pearl white with a black pickguard, and it just screamed grunge. I bought it for $180 and even though my musical tastes have changed since my "grunge" days, have never regretted it.

First let me say this. There are a lot of negative things that people say about Squier guitar. "It's not a real Fender so it must be crap." Well, let me tell you that no, it isn't as good as a Fender Strat, but it's still a darn good guitar. This guitar is built better and has better hardware than the affinity (which is much cheaper feeling that the standard series). I love the feel and look of this guitar and two days ago I put Tex Mex Pickups in it and now the thing sounds like a $600 Fender, but I only have $250 invested.

Change the pickups as quick as you can. The guitar doesn't sound "bad" but is very thin sounding and the pickups are pretty noisy. This guitar should be professionally set up as well because I didn't like the factory set up. The sound is just "not quite there" in my opinion, but with my Tex mex pickups it sounds just as good as the real thing.

I've had people tell me that the Squier is cheaply made, but I just don't see it in the guitar I bought. My guitar of choice is higher end Ibanez, but this Squier is just as good. Even the soldering of the wires under the pickguard seem clean and solid.

No, it doesn't have the exact same radius's and whatnot as an American made Strat, but it feels just as good to me.

The bottom line is that if you are on a budget, with a set of pickups you can sound as good as you want. If you like the feel of a Squier then why not just upgrade what you feel comfortable playing. Someday I hope to own an American made Fender Strat, but until then, I'll rock out on my trusty Squier.

My rating is a 5. Is it the best guitar ever? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But it did get a 5 for what you get for the price and how easy it is to upgrade.

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