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Squier 40th Anniversary Electric Guitars: Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass Expired

$300 each
$599.00
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Guitar Center has select Squier 40th Anniversary Electric Guitars on sale for $299.99 each. Shipping is free.

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These are great Classic Vibe-level Squier guitars and basses that were only produced during 2022 for the 40th Anniversary of the Squier brand by Fender. They originally had a street price of $599 for most of 2022 and yes, they have been at this price before. But several of them are completely out of stock everywhere and at some point there won't be any more sales on these because no one will have anymore. If you have been on the fence about getting one of these, now may be your last chance at such a price. The used listings on Reverb for the ones that are no longer in stock are for more than $299.

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Bought my daughter the lake placid blue gold edition p-bass and can't wait to give it to her on her birthday Monday!

Also, I can't wait to play my, I mean her, new bass every day while she's at school.
That there is marketing in special edition guitars (anniversary models, special runs, artist signature models, etc.) is certain, but the manufacturers do make it worthwhile in many cases. These Squiers (note the spelling) are at the top of the range, with full thickness bodies and good components. At $600, I thought they were overpriced. At $300, it's a different matter entirely.

You're always in here singing the praises of products other than in the OP. Say what you want, the Monoprice guitars are often acceptable but not great out of the box. I handled one of their new Strats just yesterday. The fret ends were pretty sharp -- not as bad as the Starcaster next to it, but definitely not comfortable -- and the neck felt completely unfinished. It was smooth, but didn't feel good. Sure, you can fix the sharp frets. You'll need a fret file (unless you want to damage the fretboard), steel wool, tape, etc. to address it. The lack of finish? That's harder. Not everyone wants to buy tools and spend the time learning to use them and the time improving the guitar to be comfortable to play. Fixing guitars, amazingly, does little to help you play better.

Most guitars benefit from a setup. New players should simply pay a professional to do it. It's $50 or so, but few want to pay that on a $50 guitar.

Fixing frets and replacing a nut costs even more. Putting in a better pickup (even a decent inexpensive Wilkinson) still more. Swapping out tuners that slip, as I did on a no name counterfeit Strat I like a lot, more still. And none of that helps your skills as a player.

So if you want to learn to be a guitar tech, the sub-$100 guitars are great. If you want to play, with your main expense being a setup, get something like this $300 Squier and have at it. If you want to give a nice gift to a kid, these Squiers are a great value in decent guitars.

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batotman
09-21-2023 at 03:03 PM.
09-21-2023 at 03:03 PM.
These are the best deals for Squiers. They are super nice for $300. I've owned the P-bass, Jazzmaster, Tele, and Strat. (I go through guitars like socks). Leaps and bounds better than the Affinity or Bullet series. They're basically CV's.
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OoTLink
09-21-2023 at 04:59 PM.
09-21-2023 at 04:59 PM.
Quote from batotman :
They're basically CV's.
I suspect better than a CV because they have a satin neck when CVs have lacquered necks.

That said, IDK how to measure the difference. I have an affinity and a few months after I got it, I was trying out some amps in a store and used a CV to do that... I was astonished to realize I didn't feel like I was missing out lol. My affinity has a satin neck and holds tune very well, even when using the tremolo. It even has a surprisingly low action, though it does have fret buzz on the low e string. The action is actually lower than the CV I tried in the store hahaha.

Of course, that may have just been a skill issue. Applause

All this said, this deal is good, if only because you're getting a shiny new one from guitar center for the same price as proaudiostar sells the 'open box' ones (that are generally also new) .
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09-21-2023 at 09:12 PM.