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Squier Sonic Strat HSS Black

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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Poplar
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Black dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.5")
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.5")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.650")
  • 21 Narrow tall frets
  • Pickups: 2 ceramic single coils (neck and middle) and 1 ceramic humbucker (bridge)
  • 1 Master volume and 2 tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Single-layer white pickguard
  • 6-Saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo with block saddles
  • Enclosed die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Black
Available since April 2023
Item number 560961
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Body Poplar Burl
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Synchronized
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$164
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If you love Charvel, buy this instead!
Cem Music 13.07.2023
I have been playing guitar for 25-something years. This is not my first guitar. It's actually my 15th guitar (maybe more, maybe fever).
I always loved Charvel So-Cal style superstrats but I could never buy one. So I decided to buy this one instead to convert it to a superstrat since this is the closest donor guitar. I will explain the mods that I did later.
Out-of-the-box,
Pros:
- Black paint looks great, nothing to complain about.
- Hardware is OK. The bridge, pots, switch, and tuners are all OK. You can get away with not changing them.
- Neck, fingerboard and frets are good and comfortable. I think it is more comfortable than Charvel necks
- Back of the neck has a very light satin finish, almost feels like no finish at all. It feels so natural.
- Neck shape is modern C, closer to the slim side.
- The nut is cut very very well. I will not replace it.
- Single pickups sound great. It sounds like a strat :) I will not replace them.
- It's very light, which I like.
- Its body has a bigger radius fillet on the edges than regular strat bodies. Which makes it look more modern and agile.
- The setup was not too bad.

Cons:
- The setup was not too great. :)
- The neck was too relieved. I adjusted it later with the truss rod to straighten it.
- Intonation was off. I intonated it later.
- Action was on the high side, around +2mm on the 12th fret. After the truss rod adjustment and intonation, I adjusted the saddle heights. Now the action is between 1.5 mm and 1.75 mm above the 12th fret on the low E string.
- The humbucker is lacking bass response. I was expecting it to be a vintage output humbucker and it is, but I wish it has more bass response. I will replace it later. To get more volume and gain from it, I raised it using the screws so that it is closer to the strings. You can crank the gain on the amp to get crunchy tones though. You can even play some old-school metal songs but do not expect it to djent.
- The frets were a little gritty. I polished them. They are shiny and smooth now.
- The pickguard had a little bump under the neck pickup area. There was a little woodchip between the pickguard and the body. I replaced the pickguard (even though I didn't have to) and removed the woodchip. Now it's straight.
- The string tree was making some noise when I use the tremolo. I replaced it.

Mods:
So the goal was to make it look like a Charvel So-Cal HSS. That means, black hardware, black screws, etc...
- I had a spare black 1ply pickguard (no white stripe in between) which is exactly the same pickguard on the guitar. I want it to be a matte pickguard, so I sanded it. I started from 800 grit then moved to finer grits. The final sanding was wet sanding and only horizontal. This step made it look like a matte finish. Elevated the looks a lot.
- I replaced the all knobs with black metal ones.
- I put a black humbucker cover over the humbucker.
- I replaced the tuners with black Gotoh tuners.
- I replaced the string tree with a black one.
- I replaced the input jack with a black one.
- I adjusted the pickup heights.
- I replaced the nickel screws with black screws.
- I changed the strings.
- I did not change the tremolo bridge, I will paint it to black later.
It plays, sounds, and looks like a $800 guitar right now. To be honest, It plays better than Charvels.
I will buy more of these guitars because I plan to make another conversion. This time James Tyler Dan Huff (yellow body, black pickguard HSS strat).
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Rom Gr 20.05.2023
Fretboard,neck and action is OK. Sounds great and looks great.
What's interesting is that the n1 tone control, controls the humbucker too, and if you choose the 2nd and 4th position, both tone controls work The first one for the one pickup and the other for the second one. I was under the impression that this was not possible at least for the bullet series
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rapport qualité/prix excellent, voire exceptionnel
Philisac 08.08.2023
Je peux comparer ceci à mes autres guitares de prix variés, du similaire à bien plus chères, made in USA/Japan etc. Je voulais juste une Strat noire et, prêt à passer à des modèles plus chers si besoin, j'ai penché pour cette Squier car j'ai constaté que la qualité de ces modèles a augmenté significativement depuis quelque temps.
Pas déçu: finition top (pas trouvé de défaut), frets bien lisses, ne râpant pas (un signe qui est souvent décisif), un son tout à fait valable, bref je l'adore et le réglage était de plus parfait (manche, intonation).
A part le F sur la tête et le 'Corona, California' derrière, il y aurait de quoi être franchement bluffé, certainement et de loin par rapport à une MX.
Bref, plus de snobisme face aux Made in Asia! elles sont devenues, selon mon expérience sur des dizaines de guitares dans les derniers mois, tout à fait dignes d'attention. Changez juste les pickups et là c'est quasi du clonage-US.
A ne pas manquer!!!
PS entretemps j'ai acheté une vraie (chère) PRS, puis un Squier-Mustang - pour le look surtout - et cette dernière peut quasiment être déctie avec les mêmes mots que la Strat. Vive Squier, tout ce que j'ai à dire.
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Die neue Sonic Serie...
Deichwart 12.06.2023
...von Squier/Fender bietet erstaunlich viel Sound und Haptik für's Geld.
Vorsorglich gleich mit Servicepauschale vor Versand prüfen lassen, weil diese Gitarren eben in diesem Segment i.d.R. nicht das Werk optimal verlassen. Aber Farbgebung, Ahorngriffbrett und Verarbeitung überraschen positiv. Ist auch schnell und unkompliziert im Nachgang der Bestellung vom thomann-Team gelöst worden.
Als ausgewiesener Keyboarder, taste ich mich jetzt an die günstige FatStrat HSS zum Kennenlernen ran.
Sie ersetzt eine Ibanez GAX30-TCR HH, die vom Verarbeitungslevel eigentlich etwas besser sein sollte, mit der ich aber absolut nicht warm wurde, und auch der disziplinierte Spaß zum Üben nicht richtig aufkommen wollte.

Der Strat soll später noch ein DG20 SSS B/W Pickup Set spendiert werden. Mal schauen wie lange die Mechanik stramm bleibt oder mit 'nem Locking Tuner Set ersetzt wird.
Vielleicht wird dann auch ein Upgrade auf die Player-Serie nötig.
Schönes Teil das Spaß macht, und anscheinend auch keine schlechte Modding-Basis bietet wie in unzähligen YTs erwähnt.

Klare Kaufempfehlung für Anfänger und Teilzeitgitarristen. Da wird mittlerweile schon viel Gitarre für so wenig Geld geboten.
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