Squier Vintage Modified Strat
Squier Vintage Modified Strat

Vintage Modified Strat, STC-Shaped Guitar from Squier in the Stratocaster series.

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heads on fire 12/29/2011

Squier Vintage Modified Strat : heads on fire's user review

« Modern cosmetics, vintage features. »

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Model Name: Vintage Modified Strat®
Series: Vintage Modified

Body: Indian Cedro
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish:
(0301200500, 0301200530, 0301200525, 0301200505)

Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Polyurethane
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: Engraved Neckplate

Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Duncan Designed™ SC-101 Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup: Duncan Designed™ SC-101 Single-Coil Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup: Duncan Designed™ SC-101 Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)

Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: Vintage Style Tremolo Arm

Strings: Fender® USA Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Vintage Style Tremolo, Custom Pickguards by Color, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Engraved Neckplate, White Plastic Parts, Dot Position Inlays

Control Knobs: White Plastic Knobs


This is such an interesting guitar - it is made in India (huh?) out of Indian Cedro wood (what?) and has vintage features with modern flame top stylings (really?). I've not really played a lot of Indian-made guitars yet, so this was a good first impression. The guitar looks great - the flame top has a good "3d" quality to it. Playability is just as good as the Classic Vibe series, which is super nice!


These are some nice pickups - they get the best of the "in-between" tones, cutting bridge tones, warm and smooth neck tones, and a balance middle pickup. SRV, Hendrix, Scott Henderson, Chris Duarte, John Frusciante...these are the range of tones that are instantly achievable with this axe. Of course, more tones are possible, but this will give you an idea of the "out of the box" sounds one can get.


Overall, this is a good choice for someone looking for a lower-midline Strat guitar. It compares very favorably to the Classic Vibe, series, only it offers some more modern looks, and a much glossier neck. If that sounds like your bag, this is the axe for you. 8 out of 10.