New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by robroe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:58 am

Yesterday it said Ships July 1st......now it doesn't.


LOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by jvin248 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:16 am

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+1 for maple necks on all I see.

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by robroe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:29 am

jvin248 wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:16 am
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+1 for maple necks on all I see.

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honestly, they should just stop making pao faro boards right now until they can figure out wtf they are doing. Like ffs dip it in some kinda dark goo in a tank, bake it, freeze it, light it on fire, shoot it with wind.......DO SOMETHING THEY LOOK LIKE ASS.

maple boards with some thick ass glossy tint FTW

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by Tweedledee » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:14 am

Steadyriot. wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:59 am
I like how they look and all; but isn't 300 dollars pretty steep for something from the Affinity line?
Especially if 100 dollars more will get you a Classic Vibe Starcaster which; if the past is any indication will be the better guitar.
The pricing is in line with the way Ibanez does the AS53 ($299) versus the AS73 ($399). It also is similar to how Epiphone priced the Dot Studio vs the Dot. For even a bare bones semi-hollow, it seems like the big names aren't going to dip below that $299 price.

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Post by Tweedledee » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:15 am

They're now all on zzounds as well, with much larger photos.

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Post by Tweedledee » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:18 am

Ooohhh, look at the flame on the back of the neck on the natural CV!

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Post by simonhpieman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:07 am

And look at how wonky the neck plate is...?

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Post by The Dead Ranch Hands » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:08 am

Those Classic Vibe models are gorgeous. It would be awesome if eventually they released a model with a JM/Jag trem.

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Post by matthew a » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:20 am

601210 wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:56 am
shadowplay wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:48 am
I find Fenders notion of 'Contemporary' quite baffling. It's like a 80's/90's mentality where (supposed) modernity is throwing out the old pickups and sticking in a pair of (shite looking) tough guy open gibson style humbuckers and a (flex) TOM for that RAWK AND SUSTAIN. It's like they are pandering to that calf tattooed Andersons set, their twatish preconceptions and their dead eye for design.

I often worry about the amount of access tasteless youtoob supercar arseholes have to the manufacturers and worry that the bad taste naff wrapped tail is wagging the dog and I feel the same with guitars.

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It kinda is, though. As far as I can tell, outside of offset world that's what most boutique guitars look like nowadays.

Hell even within the offset world most boutique guitars just consist of taking an offset, throwing out everything good about it, and sticking in some humbuckers and a TOM. In 24 3/4 scale for added rock.
In a world of modelling, what matters these days is looks. And it seems the current trend is for humbuckers. That will change I’m sure. Horses for courses and all. I think the starcaster is ugly as, for what it’s worth.

The only real sigh of relief is that “contemporary” hasn’t shifted to “neo-classical”...

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by SAVEStheDAY » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:08 pm

shadowplay wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:48 am
I find Fenders notion of 'Contemporary' quite baffling. It's like a 80's/90's mentality where (supposed) modernity is throwing out the old pickups and sticking in a pair of (shite looking) tough guy open gibson style humbuckers and a (flex) TOM for that RAWK AND SUSTAIN. It's like they are pandering to that calf tattooed Andersons set, their twatish preconceptions and their dead eye for design.

I often worry about the amount of access tasteless youtoob supercar arseholes have to the manufacturers and worry that the bad taste naff wrapped tail is wagging the dog and I feel the same with guitars.

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The Contemporary Starcasters have covered active pickups. That seems pretty contemporary to me. The Affinity Starcasters have open coil humbuckers.

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by mackerelmint » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:20 pm

This is gonna sound sacrilegious to many, but it'd be a much better looking guitar if it were differentiated from the fender models by having a different headstock. I hate that foot-looking headstock, it makes my visual pun oriented brain fill in the image with some creepy looking sweaty guy licking it.

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by aliendawg » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:37 pm

mackerelmint wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:20 pm
This is gonna sound sacrilegious to many, but it'd be a much better looking guitar if it were differentiated from the fender models by having a different headstock. I hate that foot-looking headstock, it makes my visual pun oriented brain fill in the image with some creepy looking sweaty guy licking it.

Share my pain, people.
I'd be done with Squier if they released those with another headstock
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Post by thatfenderguy » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:02 pm

It looks like someone dropped the ball. They aren’t on Zzounds or AMS anymore. Secrets out!

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Post by robroe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:59 pm

lol they came down piece by piece over teh day

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Re: New Squier Starcasters - Classic Vibe, Contemporary, and Affinity

Post by mbene085 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:27 pm

shadowplay wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:48 am
I find Fenders notion of 'Contemporary' quite baffling. It's like a 80's/90's mentality where (supposed) modernity is throwing out the old pickups and sticking in a pair of (shite looking) tough guy open gibson style humbuckers and a (flex) TOM for that RAWK AND SUSTAIN. It's like they are pandering to that calf tattooed Andersons set, their twatish preconceptions and their dead eye for design.

I often worry about the amount of access tasteless youtoob supercar arseholes have to the manufacturers and worry that the bad taste naff wrapped tail is wagging the dog and I feel the same with guitars.

D
Well, in fairness, what's a contemporary guitar from any other company? Guitar culture has been pretty stagnant for the last 2-3 decades, except for the metalheads getting further and further into adding extra low strings and fanned frets.

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Musically, that's really niche though. There just haven't been any new* guitar heroes in a few decades to change our ideas of what a "contemporary" guitar, or guitarist, is.

*stylistically speaking.

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