Anybody Else Have A Squire M-70?

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  1. toomanycats

    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    It occurred to me that this forum would be the perfect place to ask if anyone has one of these relatively rare and finely built Korean guitars. I've adored this thing since I bought it in 2002. It's really well put together, has a solid mahogany body and neck (set), Duncan Designed pickups that really aren't too bad (import versions of a JB and a Jazz), but most of all, for my preference it's got the sweetest neck I've ever played.

    The Squire M-70 was made for only a couple of years, hence their relative rarity. Apparently it's something like a DeArmond in Squire dress. From what I have read the story is that Fender acquired the DeArmond name when they bought Guild. There was also a fancier model called the M-77 with a carved top and block inlays.

    My dream LP style guitar would sing like my Gibson, have a gorgeous flamed top like my Agile AL-3101M CSBF, and have a neck just like my humble little Squire M-70.

    I would describe the neck on the M-70 as a bit wide (1 11/16th or 1.6875", same as that listed for the Agile slim) and not overly deep. The exact thickness of the neck is .082" at the first fret and .88" at the 12th fret. It also has jumbo frets.

    I've played this thing so much that at this point it's probably in desperate need of a refret or at least a plek job. The problem is that either of these services will probably cost close to what another used M-70 would .....If I could even find one, and also assuming that the frets on another used one wouldn't be likewise worn.

    I've seen plenty of inquiries on the internet regarding the different neck sizes available on the Agile, with people often asking for specific comparisons with other brands for reference. So here's my question: Does anyone reading this post presently own both a Squire M-70 (or have previous experience with one) and an Agile slim or wide, and if so, how do the necks compare? Sure, I can read and compare the specs as well as anyone, but if possible I'd like to know how they feel to someone who's actually had them in their hands.

    If there's and Agile available with a neck something like a Squire M-70, then I definitely need to get one.
     
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  2. JeffBeck

    JeffBeck Baldy McBaldhead Staff Member

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    Those are beautiful. There are several Squiers that I would love to get my hands on and the M70 is definitely one of them.
     
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    Frankenfretter Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool! I think I remember reading about that one; the Squier answer to the Bluesbird, if I recall correctly.

    I have a Master Series Esprit, which is very similar, but with a different body (double cut). I love the neck on that thing. Very comfortable. I did see an M77 on eBay recently, but it was quite spendy.
     

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    Frankenfretter Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    M-70
    The Squier M-70 is a single cutaway solid mahogany guitar with a set mahogany neck. The rosewood fingerboard has
    jumbo nickel silver frets and dot inlays, and a 24 3/4" scale length. This guitar features two Seymour-Duncan designed
    humbucking pickups and is available in Black and Moon Blue.
     Model Number:
     Model Name: M-70
     Series: Series 24
     Colors: Black, Moon Blue (Polyurethane Finish)
     Body: Mahogany
     Neck Shape: C-Shape
     Neck Material: Mahogany
     Number of Frets: 22
     Fret Size: Jumbo
     Fretboard Radius: 12” Radius (305mm)
     Fretboard Material: Rosewood
     Nut Width: 1.6875"
     Scale Length: 24.75"
     Pickup Configuration: H/H
     Pickups: 2 Duncan Designed Humbucking Pickups
     Pickup Switching: Pos 1. Bridge Pickup, Pos 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Pos 3. Neck Pickup
     Controls: Vol 1. (Neck Pickup),Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),Vol 2. (Bridge Pickup),Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
     Hardware: Chrome
     Tuners: Cast/Sealed Tuners
     Bridge: Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Anchored-Tailpiece
     Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
     Unique Features: Set Neck, Abalone/Mother of Pearl Headstock Inlay, Dot Position Inlays, Bound Neck, Single
    Ivoroid Body Binding, Single Cutaway, Side Mounted Jack
     MSRP is $689.99
     Country of Origin: Korea
     Introduced: 2002
     Discontinued: 2004
     
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    ryanmattera New Member

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    I bought one new at my local guitar shop in 2002. it had a scuff on the tone knob so I stole it for $125.. It quickly beat out all my other guitars..

    I changed the pickups 10 years ago. This is the only guitar I will play now.

    I purchased a DeArmond M-72 a few years ago but the neck isn't the same as the Squier.. Still a nice guitar.

    About a month ago I was looking on reverb and I found another M-70 that was Brand New / Dead Stock from a guitar shop that went out of business. They were asking $500. but I made a offer for $300. and it was accepted.

    There are slight differences but now I can retire my old one and still enjoy it!

    Mine are both Moon Blue. I'd love to get a black at some point..

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    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    Very nice M-70. This series of Korean made Squiers has something of a cult following here.

    You should get a special prize too for the best first post ever. Lots of cool pics. This is the way to make a proper entrance to AGF land. :)

    Is the sunburst bass hanging to the left of the DeArmond a Harley Benton?
     
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    Haha. Thank you!

    That bass is a Squier Fretless Jaco copy. Also very well made.. the weight and feel are almost identical to my american 50th anniversary Jazz bass.
     
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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    I have the M-73 as I've flaunted many times. Previous unknown owner did the pg & B5. I like the looks of the B7 better.

    They are really well built guitars.
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    I have this 2003 X-155 a former Guild model made by Squier for a few years..
    You might notice the headstocks are the same as other guitars pictured in this thread.
    A fun guitar to play.

    This is a full hollow for anybody wondering.
     
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    Makes perfect sense, as Fender owns the Guild brand.
     
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    OMB Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I remember Fender copying Guild models after the acquisition and branding them Squier. Here are some current Korean production Guild now owned by Cordoba...

    Bluesbird (Solid Body)
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    M-75 (Hollow Body)
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    A lot of nice looking guitars on this page!

    I'be been looking for a black M-70 for years. Finally found one used at Guitar Center in CT.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Squier/M-77-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar.gc

    They have it mislabeled as a Squier M-77. I called the store and the kid texted me additional photos.

    I want it but I'm gonna hold out for one in Mint condition..

    Hopefully someone on here can grab it and enjoy!

    You might have a little room to negotiate the price since they have it labeled as a higher end model.
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    I Own a X155 of the squire 24 series, And have to say it sounds and plays like a Guild. I am wondering how many of them where made. The msrp is just over $1,100. WIN_20180831_17_34_09_Pro.jpg
     
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    That's not far off from the Ibby Destroyer EVH 5150 measurements of around .81 to .91. Thinnish, but well carved necks rule!!
     
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    Very nice! The M-70 is one of my aspirations in the future when finances favor me.

    I have one of those rare M's too, but mine is an M-80. I really like it!

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