This is the kind of guitar that mom or dad would buy their kid who's looking to get into playing the electric guitar. This is not a professionals guitar and it certainly is not a high quality built guitar. This is a Squire guitar which is a off brand of the Fender music company and the body shape is pretty much a standard fender Stratocaster body shape. It has a reverse headstock which looks like you would see on most strat headstocks or on the guitars that Jimi Hendrix used to play. It has a humbucker and two single coil pickups and a tremolo bridge. It is a basic guitar that is a basic price for the beginning guitar player.
This Squire stage master was built for the high gain metal player in mind. This is still a beginner guitar but it would appeal more towards the rock interested guitar player or the metal guitar player. It's an all black guitar body with a Rosewood fretboard. You get a volume control any tone control knob and one pick up selector and that's about it. Not much else is necessary with this guitar.
The tone of these guitars are pretty much trash. The pickups sound like garbage and the woods sounds like garbage. You can't really expect this thing to sound like a high quality super Stratocaster or a Gibson guitar. The price of these guitars were marketed towards the person who was still figuring out whether or not they even wanted to play the electric guitar. This is an easy guitar to dial in and there's not really much to you have to worry about.
There is one control for the volume and one control for the tone. It is what it is and it can't do anything more than that. This guitar sounds like it sounds with any amp you put it through. It's not going to sound great through Marshall amp or a Fender amp but it really is just a deciding guitar to learn on order practice your basic guitar chops. For the price it is, it does a fine job at what it does.
I don't think that squire is selling these guitars new anymore so I believe the only way to get wanted in the used market. You can find these in the classifieds and on eBay quite easily. I've seen them go for under $200 used and in pretty good condition. That is a little bit more than the standard Squires Stratocaster but this one has the humbucker rather than the single coil in the bridge position. I would only recommend this guitar to someone who is still learning to play the guitar or discovering their new hidden talents.
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Libarbarian's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Squier Stagemaster HSS
Made in Mexico I think
1micro 2micro double and single with 5 position selector
adjusting tone and volume
Channel pleasant, easy access to the latest freight rates, it is not too heavy and it sounds all alone!
Versatile guitar, it goes both to the blues than metal, which also (metal) suits him very well.
solos or rhythm, while it goes!
I've had six months and I do not regret it I just need a good amp to use it and when it starts super (my opinion)
it is very versatile and can correctly identified her style
value for money (275 €) good
but for the experienced, we must move beyond the model (or other fender Stratta)