Dating stratocaster serial
Body: alder Neck: modern C-shape maple (50s) and rosewood fretboard (60s) Pickups: vintage style single coils “based on” respectively 50s and 60s tones Pros: light weight and easy to play, classic looks and tone Cons: hardware and electronics are more or less just for show and should be replaced Considering the Classic Vibe?
The stock tremolo system can be hard to keep in tune and it may also lack some sustain and resonance.
This can easily be adjusted later on, so don’t dismiss a perfectly good guitar just because the setup isn’t how you normally prefer it.
Keep in mind though that there’s a difference between a setup that you don’t like and a bad setup caused by poor assembly and parts. Over the last decade, Squire has regained much of its old reputation of producing high quality instruments for even the tightest budgets.
Its high density makes it a bright sounding wood with a strong punch and rich sustain.
Basswood was often used for Japanese Fenders in the 80s and 90s.
Replace it with a Callaham Vintage S system for better stability and more sustain.
It may sound like a cliché but you need to be at one with the guitar for the inspiration to flow.
Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.
Basswood has long been favoured by jazz musicians and it can also help to balance a bright punchy maple neck.
Like the neck, the wood used for the body, and its quality, plays a role in how the guitar sound.
Alder is used in most Fender Strats mainly because of its light weight and it’s easy to finish due to minimal grain lines.