Two more Squiers from Indonesia…

39. Squier Tele Custom w/P90s

THIS guitar caught my eye on eBay after my pal Dave Werewolf bought one of these for himself in 2010 and I sort of fell in love with it. It was a relatively brief infatuation, however.
Made in the same Indonesian factory as my favourite Squier 51s, these Teles are fantastic guitars for the money – with a twist. They have the pickguard and control layout of a 70s Tele Custom (like Cundo’s ’72) but in place of a Tele pickup and a Wide Range humbucker, they have a rather nice pair of “Duncan Design” P90 soapbars. They play well and those soapbars sound really good. The one mod I did was to disconnect one of the volume pots! I gigged this guitar a decent amount, but fickle sod that I am, yes, it ended up back in the pile – and thence back on eBay.

That two volume control thing didn’t really work for me, so I rewired it. I hope I wired it back before I sold it!

My other memory of this guitar relates to one of Owen’s rare visits home for Los Angeles. I came back one day to find the Tele sitting in my room on a stand, a bit of paper tucked in the strings with the message: “I set this up. It now plays good innit!”
It did, too. Boy, I miss having that guy around!

A message from Owen
Stop-gap – the purple Strat. Not a bad little guitar, really…

40. Purple Squier Strat bought in Seattle

FOR the sake of convenience, I’ve lumped this one in with the Squier Tele Custom , though my acquaintance with it was extremely brief. It was bought for one specific purpose and then sold on.
I got it on my first visit to Seattle, Washington State, USA, in 2009, not all that long before I got the Tele Custom above it. I was in the US to catch up with my pals Blues Boss and Mark Riley (more Blindman’s Blues Forum buddies). It was purple, it played OK and it was $80 – back in the days when a pound still got you about $1.50.

Big-head – I’ve never really been a fan of the post-CBS Strat headstock shape, but this guitar did the job

The idea was to find an inexpensive guitar I could play in my motel room and more importantly, when Blues Boss paraded me around a succession of blues jams and gigs in the Pacific North-West (the first one barely an hour after I stepped off the plane at SEATAC International Airport!) Visit Dennis in Seattle and you’re pretty much guaranteed not a second will go to waste!
Not much else to say about this guitar, except that it came back on the plane to the UK with me. I sold it within a month – and turned a half-reasonable profit on the deal! 

Stateside action –  yours truly playing the purple Strat at the Wilde Rover Jam, Kirkland, Washington State, October, 2009

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I'm a musician, studio owner, writer and former specialist broadcaster of far too many years experience. I started writing and posting this daily blog on Facebook at the beginning of the Lockdown for something to do and it took me something like 19 days to run out of guitars to talk about!

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