Squier Celebrates Their Birthday with 40th Anniversary Models
The Squier brand, which produces affordable instruments under its parent company Fender, celebrates 40 years of existence this year. This milestone anniversary is commemorated with a special edition Squier 40th Anniversary, featuring models Squier 40th Ann. Stratocaster, 40th Ann. Telecaster, 40th Ann. Jazzmaster, 40th Ann. Precision, and 40th Ann. Jazz Bass. The collection is offered in Gold or Vintage versions, varying in the colour finish, hardware finish and fretboard type.
The common feature of the collection, except for some Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Jazz Bass Vintage models, are gold anodised aluminium pickguards; the Gold Edition adds hardware with the same finish and an Indian laurel fingerboard fitted with pearloid block inlays and binding, while the Vintage range features a classic maple fingerboard and aged chrome hardware.
Apart from the Jazzmaster with an alder body, the bodies are made of nyatoh wood, the maple neck has a classic C-shaped profile, the fingerboard radius is 9.5 inches, the bone nut is 42 mm wide (Strat + Tele), 42.8 mm wide (Jazzmaster + Precision), or 38.1 mm wide (Jazz Bass). The guitars have traditional vintage tuning machines; the length of the scale matches the Fender standard, i.e. 25.5 inches for guitars and 34 inches for basses.
Basic specifications of Squier 40th Anniversary Gold/Vintage Edition models
Squier 40th Anniversary Stratocaster—3 x Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil, Master Volume, Tone 1, Tone 2, 5-position blade, synchronised tremolo. Colours: Vintage (small head)—Satin Seafoam Green, Satin Sonic Blue, Satin Wide 2-Color Sunburst; Gold (big head)—Sienna Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue, Ruby Red Metallic.
Squier 40th Anniversary Telecaster—2 x Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil, Master Volume + Tone, 3-position blade, 3-saddle string-through-body bridge. Colours: Vintage—Satin Vintage Blonde, Satin Mocha, Satin Dakota Red; Gold – Black, Sherwood Green.
Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster—2 x Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil, Master Volume + Tone, modes Lead + Rhythm, 2 x thumbwheel control Volume + Tone for the neck pickup, 3-position slide switch, floating bridge and vintage tremolo. Colours: Vintage—Satin Seafoam Green, Satin Desert Sand; Gold—Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White.
Squier 40th Anniversary Precision—1 x Fender Designed Alnico Split Single-Coil, Master Volume + Tone, a bridge with five mounting screws and barrel saddles. Colours: Vintage—Satin Seafoam Green, Satin Wide 2-Color Sunburst; Gold—Olympic White, Ruby Red Metallic.
Squier 40th Anniversary Jazz Bass—2 x Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil, 2 x Volume, 1 x Master Tone, a bridge with five mounting screws and barrel saddles. Colours: Vintage—Satin Seafoam Green, Satin Wide 2-Color Sunburst; Gold—Olympic White, Ruby Red Metallic.
The prices of individual instruments from the Squier 40th Anniversary collection are around 600 dollars.
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