Maybe its because it was my first guitar, but I’ve loved Squier products since day one. Back in 1994 it was the perfect way to get into guitar playing with a decent instrument that didn’t cost too much. I was able to play a guitar that looked and sounded like my favorite guitar heros Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour, and that was simply good enough for me. I could even upgrade my pickguard easily and customize the look for just a few bucks. But after some time, I craved more out of my guitar. I wanted to be able to use my whammy bar and have the guitar stay in tune. I wanted a different tone. I wanted a fat humbucker sound. The “cheap” Squier had served its purpose and as a guitar player that had put in a few years, I was deserving of a upgrade I told myself. If your a “real” musician, you play a “real” Fender, or Ibanez, or Gibson, etc.. And so I moved on. To the other side. The better side. At least I told myself that.
After 10+ years of experience in SF band rehearsals at Lennon Studios, live gigs with numerous different bands around the city and state, scoring /performing/collaborating with other local and foreign artists, scoring PBS documentaries, and even staring in my own PBS documentary I was so lucky to be apart of, I’ve came to the conclusion there is no other side. Everyone is just caught up in the label hype. Being a “I’m a cooler home musician/forum guy then you cause I have the best gear and or I’m a wanna-be rock school student with the coolest model guitar” is a sad but true trend thats actually been around for quite awhile. Thats partly what inspired this post. I’m here to dispel those bad rumors and let “new” and “experienced” musicians know they can get everything they want from the new Squire models. And with a little study, the older Squier models can be easily modified into quality musical instruments as well.
Which leads me to my bass story. A quality bass has always eluded me. My first and only bass was a Ibanez SB 305. At the time I had just started getting into home recording and needed a bass to record with. I had to trade in a cheaper used Joe Satriani Ibanez model which killed me back then, but I did it and had a bass at least! At the same time, I was offered a chance to tour with my good friends in Damage the Dream and played bass for them for about a year. The bass did a good job, but I thought is was always missing something…..I used the bass on a few demo songs, but knew I needed something better to record with. Thats where having good friends with good taste comes in handy.
On my debut instrumental album Olympus Rising(coming out this Summer/Fall 2012) I was very fortunate to borrow and record with a 90’s G+L Bass from my friend and fellow musician Mark Savoy. It sounded truly amazing, and was a terrific bass. That strong Fender P Bass sound came out of that beast nicely! ! As I recently started working on my new album, I realized I needed that sound again. WIth little money and short on time, getting something of quality at a good price was a priority. Being a guitar player, I much rather spend my money on a new guitar anyways! But then I saw reviews popping up more and more about the new Squier’s and it got me interested. I thought, lets give it a shot. I’m so glad I did because I ended up falling back in love with Squier.
Almost 20 years later I just purchased my 2nd Squier and I’m so glad I did, because I ended up falling back in love with Squier. Its a Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special in 3-color sunburst, and as you can see its beautiful. Made in Indonesia, it has a silky smooth neck which feels terrific in your hands and was set-up well right out of the box. It has an incredible sound plugged in the stack and honestly, is simply a joy to play acoustically because it has such a cool sound. WIth both P and J Bass pickups, its got a great variety of tones that sound strong and rumble nicely. Simply put, this Jag sounds and plays like an American Fender P Bass that’s 5x its price. Its a incredible value. And its not just the basses, as the guitars have come up in quality and selection as well with the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified Series. Go play one and knock yourself out in the sound! I look forward to updating my collection of new Squiers and actually have a used red Squier 94′ in my “shop” that I’m working on which I’ll unveil here soon. Tozzi personally endorses Fender Squire guitars and basses and you should too! As always, peace & love-CT
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