Squier '51 is Back

Fender brings back the Squier '51, featuring the same affordable price and design that helped attract its cult following.

Squier '51

This reissue joins the Vintage Modified series, bearing the same attention to detail and playability as the other guitars in the series.

The original '51 was launched in mid-2000 and it is one of the few original designs to come out from Squier, which normally just clones existing Fender designs.

Because of the cult status of the original release, the roles were reversed in 2011 where Fender did the copying, releasing its own more expensive version of the '51 as part of the Pawn Shop series.

Now the Squier '51 guitar is back in production, carrying the same exact specifications as the original run. It maintains its distinctly hybrid look that resembles the body of a Strat, the pickguard shape of a Precision bass and the neck and headstock of a Tele.

The guitar's body is carved from Basswood and comes finished in 2-color sunburst, vintage blonde and candy apple red. The neck of the guitar is made from maple, and is carved into a "C" shape. It has a scale length of 25.5" and has a fretboard radius of 9.5". The maple fretboard houses 21 medium jumbo frets and black dot position inlays.

In keeping with the original '51, the new Vintage Modified reissue features a Hot Humbicking pickup on the bridge and a Standard Single-Coil Strat pickup on the neck. Instead of the pickup selector switch, Fender equipped this guitar with a 3-position rotary switch, and paired it with a master volume knob. The volume pot also serves as the push/pull coil selector that lets you use just the inner coil up the bridge humbucking pickup.

Other hardware include standard die-cast tuning machines, 6-saddle hard-tail and a single ply pickguard with a shape borrowed from Fender's popular bass guitar.

Fender uploaded a demo video showcasing the new Squier '51, you can watch it below:

The newly reissued Squier '51 has an MSRP of $279.99, which translates to a street price of around $180. You can read more about it by visiting Fender.

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