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Rating and Reviews: Squier Contemporary Strat HH

Made for the modern player, this Contemporary Series Strat features a pair of high-output humbuckers, 12" radius maple fingerboard, and matching headstock.

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"Great Platform For Modding" submitted January 25, 2020

By Mark G. in Metairie, LA
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Musical Background: Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
Music Style: Rock, rock & rock.
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Overall: For the price this guitar is an awesome platform for hot-rodding but before I go any further I have to give a shout-out to zZounds. This guitar was delivered just 21 hours and 3 minutes after I placed my order. That has to be a record for speedy delivery.I bought the metallic red model and it's a much deeper and richer color than appears in the ad photos.Out of the box my experience with this guitar was totally different than what the other reviewer encountered; the setup on mine was without issue. The string height was fine and the intonation was spot-on. The tuners are good enough, the nut was properly slotted, and the fret ends were smooth unlike a Fender Player Series Strat I used to own where it felt like I was grabbing a spool of barbed wire.I love everything about this guitar except for the pickups. I honestly think they sound horrible. I generally prefer "vintage-voiced" pickups and bought this model with the intention of changing it to a "SSS" configuration so I wasn't bothered by the pickups. Having said that, the bridge pickup didn't sounded too bad with the gain cranked (tested through a Marshall DSL1 & Orange Crush 20) but on clean settings... No, thank you. I installed a set of Fender Pure Vintage 59's and haven't looked back.For anyone wanting to modify this model I can tell you an aftermarket Fender Strat pickguard fits almost perfectly. I only had to reposition one of the eleven screws.The stock wiring harness is wholly unsuited for a three pickup rig, btw.I block the tremolo units on most of my Strats so I can't really comment on the two point bridge but it did feel pretty smooth when I played with it before adding two more springs and tightening the claw screws to lock it in place.So, basically this is another fantastic offering from Squier. I also have the Contemporary HH Telecaster, also now hot-rodded, and my experience was the same.I think my favorite feature are the slender satin finished necks. I don't have gigantic hands so these slender and silky smooth necks are among the most comfortable that I've ever played. That they have 22 frets and a 12" radius only makes them better.For anyone interested in such details, the Contemporary Series is currently 'crafted in China' and their quality is superb.
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"Awesome" submitted April 5, 2020

By Christopher T. in Louisville, KY
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Music Style: Heavy old school metal. Iron Maiden. Danzig. Slayer etc.
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Overall: I've had several of these. I found I can't beat any of the Squier guitars. This one I took the stock pickgaurd off. Put on a black matte loaded with the Duncan distiorn set. Changed the strings to 10s. Tightened the truss just a bit. Now it's awesome.its a cheaper option to the charvel guitar that cost over twice as much. This guitar sounds great even unplugged. Absolutely love it.
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"Set-up required." submitted April 21, 2018

By Christopher T. in Louisville, KY
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Musical Background: I have played a little for 25 years.
Music Style: I like older metal. Iron maiden, metallica, Danzig, slayer, megadeath.
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Overall: At first I was wishing I would have gotten the tele. The action was way high. Great looking guitar though and it had good tone so I changed the 9s to 10s. Lowered the bridge which at first I thought should have lowered more. Then I added 2 more springs to the trem to lock it out. Then I had to lower each individual saddle. Next I tightened the truss rod which was way loose. I had to turn it a couple times just to engage it. Then on to the intonation which was spot on. Now I like the guitar. The action is still a little high for me but no buzzing out anywhere. I am changing the pickgaurd to black and the pickups to Duncan's . the one's in it are ok. Dark sounding .overall I compare this to the American series strat and I find this is a way better but.
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