"Those are my main three guitars. I’ve got a bunch of odds and sods, the kinds of things I go into pawnshops to find. They’re dirt cheap and I like them. I’ve got a Squier 51—Fender’s answer to a Telecaster/Strat hybrid—that’s worth about 100 bucks. I installed a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates and pimped it out a little bit."more
In my opinion, this guitar is ok if you're just learning guitar on it, but I would never take this to a concert.
The neck feels great! It has the wonderful playability of the original telecaster neck (of which it is a copy, so no surprises there). It is very comfortable for playing chord progressions, riffs, and even faster solos.
Unfortunately, it came with a terrible intonation. The bridge saddles feel very delicate when setting up the intonation. The saddles tend to wiggle around (also when playing heavily on it). The tuners aren't quite that good either. They're having a hard time to stay in tune.
Originally I thought this guitar would have quite high output pickups. Unfortunately, the stock humbucker and single coil have a low output, I guess they don't have as much windings as the "better" pickups. This makes this guitar much less versatile in my opinion. With the stock setup, this guitar is not great for the heavier music styles. Great for the blues though. Though I'd recommend to use a boost pedal if you are planning on getting this guitar.
I loved the feel of this guitar as soon as I tried it out one fateful day. So after I bought it I decided to make some changes to it (especially replacing the humbucking pickup). Now I can't put this thing down; it's the exact sound I'd want from a guitar. Now this $150 guitar sounds like a $600 one. So if you get one of these; replace the pickup to the sound you want, you'll have the exact model you want