Guitar Player magazine says:
Featuring a Strat-shaped body, a Telecaster neck, and a 1951 Precision Bass-style pickguard, the Squier '51 is a hot-rod in the truest sense of the word. The '51's clean, stripped-down lines are further enhanced by the lack of an obvious pickup switch, although a rotary 3-postion pickup selector takes the place of a Tone knob on the Tele-style control panel.
The Korean-made guitar (Fender tells us the '51 is now being made in Indonesia) features a slim maple neck with a dark wood stripe covering the trussrod rout, and its nicely finished frets have smoother ends than those found on the Jagmaster II. The tight-fitting nut is almost invisible to the touch as you run your fingers along the edge of the fretboard, and the black position dots contrast well with the light maple wood. The neck fits precisely into the pocket of the contoured body, which is beautifully finished and shows no seam lines in its surfaces. A single-layer pickguard tightly surrounds the white cover of the neck pickup, and it only reveals a bit of waviness where it presses against the bass side of the fretboard. The adjusting screws of the '51's fixed bridge are set below the tops of the saddles-an attribute you'll appreciate if you do a lot of palm muting.
As with the Jagmaster II, the '51 didn't intonate perfectly on all strings, however, these discrepancies (which can be corrected by adjusting the bridge saddles) did not overly affect the guitar's ability to sound sweet. Played through the Bad Cat, Fender, and Marshall amps, the '51 delivered a broad spectrum of tones-from twangy bridge pickup sounds in single-coil mode (Volume knob pulled) to throaty humbucker roar (Volume knob pushed in) to crisp dual-pickup textures with the pickup knob in the middle position and the bridge pickup in single-coil mode. The '51's neck pickup sounds great for Strat-style blues wailing, and combining it with the full bridge humbucker yields a great rhythm tone with a clanky top-end and plenty of bottom. The absence of a Tone knob means you have to make your EQ tweaks at the amp, but, overall, the simple, flexible controls make this guitar perfect for a lot of different styles. This is a fun guitar to play, and with its custom look, hip tones, and downright amazing price, the Squier '51 easily nabs an Editors' Pick Award.
While Chris's Guitars says:
Fender Squier '51 - Black OnlyAvailable, (black), (pic2), (pic3). I'm trying to get more in time for the Holidays but for now, I just got in one sunburst - plus I have 3 in black. Although they've been discontinued, these have proven to be one of the best Fenders for the money that we've had and since I got in the first batch, I raved about their excellent combination of a classic Fender design with some cool modern refinements. We've had around a dozen of these in the past and, without exception, each had an excellent neck which sustained a low setup making it the best playing guitars we've had in this price range. Available in all the classic finishes, black or sunburst, with a definite vintage vibe that combines classic elements such as a Strat style body, Tele neck, and even a 1951 Precision pickguard. With an eye toward contemporary are the unique electronics featuring a splitable humbucker in the bridge and stag pole Strat pickup in the neck, controlled by a 3-way rotary knob and push/pull volume knob. These baby's are probably the best bang for the buck Fender has ever offered, winning Guitar Player mag's "Editor's Pick Award" and even a great review in Vintage Guitar Magazine - all this in a guitar that lists for only $xxx. Uncommon versatility - delivers a full range of tones – from twangy bridge pickup sounds in the single-coil mode (Volume knob pulled) to fat humbucker roar (Volume knob pushed in) to crisp dual-pickup textures with the pickup knob in the middle position and the bridge pickup in single-coil mode. The neck pickup sounds great for Strat-style blues wailing, and combining it with the full bridge humbucker yields a great rhythm tone with a clanky top-end and plenty of bottom. A very fun guitar to play, especially after we do a real setup on them. With a $xxx list, this is an excellent value, especially with our pro-setup prior to shipping, for $xxx. Again, I only have one sunburst, and three black (hold one for James W; Sunburst for ), with little hope of getting any more.
Fucking Awesome! I am so fucking happy!