Squier MIJ Silver Series Stratocaster SST33 Sunburst 1994
Squier SST33 Silver Series Strat, made in Japan in 1993-4 in sunburst. The Silver Series heralded a return to Japanese manufacturing for Squier, and were very well received at the time owing to the excellent build quality from the legendary Fujigen factory. This one is in awesome shape; it's got that 'played in' feel but without the dings and marks you often get on 25+ year old guitars. The neck is the highlight: it's a superb piece of maple with a ocre and choc rosewood board, finished in light satin that's glossed up slightly with play. It feels awesome in the hands; an absolute breeze to play. The solid 'clownburst' style finish has a certain charm; it's yellowed along with the plastics and has a cool vintage aesthetic. Tone wise, this punches well beyond it's dollars: heaps of thick juicy attack, tasty tight mids and a healthy dose of snap and sparkle. As-is, this is a great Strat, but with a 'swimming pool' body route, it's surely a modder's dream. You'll have a good time either way.
Model: Squier Silver Series Stratocaster, SST33-M
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1993-94 (serial Q011015)
Finish: 3-tone sunburst, 1-ply white guard
Body: 'wood fibre', appears like basswood
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: switch and pots replaced, re-wired
Pickups: Fender Japan ST Single x3
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and some discolouration. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor scuffs and discolouration on the back only. The back has a number of surface scratches and light scuffs around the outside of the body, no major marks though. The sides are pretty clean, light scuffs on the shoulder and near the jack only. The front is pretty tidy, light play wear on the guard and top horn only. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.