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Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 3rd, 2016 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Over the last couple of weeks I checked about 15 pawnshops, and found a whopping four guitars that caught my eye.

One of them was a Squier Stratocaster Made In Japan, I think that this one is one of the Contemporary models. It has the HSS configuration with three toggle switches, on/off for the single coils, the HB one also splits the coil.

Good news: Everything worked like they're supposed to. It sounded pretty good.

Bad news: It was fairly beat-up (not in a way that made it look nicely reliced). The factory paint was pretty bad especially on the belly cut. It's very near needing a refret. No trem bar.

I passed on it, mostly because of the frets. If I've done the link properly, the red is just like the one I tried.

Squier Japan Stratocaster images

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 9th, 2016 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have no shame, I'll bump my own thread.

The pawnshop would only go $249.00 out-the-door, about a $21.00 discount ($249.00 + about $21.00 tax). No case. A major factor is it had only been out for about a week.

Wise to pass?

Rush back & buy it?

reverendrob
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When I sin

I sin real good
Aug 9th, 2016 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Way high for condition you're describing.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 13th, 2016 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Way high for condition you're describing."

Thanks for responding!

The dents, dings, scratches, & mediocre factory paint I could live with, but not paying for a refret.

reverendrob
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When I sin

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Aug 13th, 2016 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, in need of refret knocks the price down to "what's the body worth" for shredder-era guitars.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Oct 7th, 2016 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BTW/FWIW--I'm bumping this hoping to learn more about the MIJ Squier strats, even though I have no intention of buying it.

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"...shredder-era guitars."

The HSS config, no PG, & toggle switches gave it a shredder look. But the single coil PUPs sounded pretty much like a standard/normal strat. I have no real point of reference for the HB, it sounded fine to me, although a bit thin split. I didn't notice anything I'd consider "hot," but I'm no expert. It didn't have a trem arm, so the trem might've been "dive bomb" for all I know.

The info I found on the net was sketchy. Two things stuck with me, but but but I have no idea about the accuracy:

Some folks wrote the PUPs might be Texas Specials.

Some folks wrote there were two or three different tremolo systems used.

reverendrob
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When I sin

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Oct 8th, 2016 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, there's variance all over the map. Unlikely US pickups though.

And keep in mind today's hot shredder pickups are *NOT* those of the 80s generally.

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