What's the Story with Squier Pro Tone Strats?

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  1. BlakSaBath

    BlakSaBath New Member

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    SO, I decided to pull my pro tone off the market today. I really can't let it go!!!

    Basically, it plays and sounds as well as my friend's american standard. The only thing I did was put better pots in. I've played many squiers, and none have actually sounded as good this. I call it a super squier.

    What is the story with these? Anyone know?
     
  2. LargeIcedCoffee

    LargeIcedCoffee Well-Known Member

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    Basically,

    Bullet<affinity<standard<Classic vibe<protone

    I haven't played a good actual fender in ages, so I'm a biased jerk, and I'm mostly trolling, but they are really good.
     
  3. gilmourjunkie

    gilmourjunkie Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I had two of them... here's more info

    http://www.21frets.com/squier_jv/theprotonepage.htm
     
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    dmitri Well-Known Member

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    I thought that the CV and PT were actually about equal, just different. My take from playing both, anyway.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    They are good guitars (I owned a Strat and now have a Pro Tone Tele) but you must like vintage sized frets and a slim neck profile. That's why I sold the Strat. I find that the frets don't bug me as much on the Tele because I don't play the same stuff on it and it's great for country spanky music. But IMO the Pro Tone Strat was a lousy rock guitar. That doesn't matter if you're not trying to play rock on it, or if you don't bend strings much for whatever reason. The neck profile is a personal preference thing; I prefer fat necks, that's all. I put up with it on the Tele but I'd rather have a fat neck.

    Their bodies are also generally quite heavy and although they use lovely wood, they cover it with a half inch of poly finish.
     
  6. BlakSaBath

    BlakSaBath New Member

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    For a strat, it is pretty heavy. I've gotten used to playing my 3100 so any guitar feels light to me now.
     
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    Thanks so much for that article! I bought my son the trans blue green one in 98 and since he now lives in Houston and the guitar is here....well it's strung lefty and I pay it occasionally, and yeah, it's awesome. The only thing I'm not crazy about are the thinner frets. I think it has mediums while the Strats I'm used to have the jumbo frets, but otherwise a sick guitar. Again thanks for the highly informative magazine post - this is why this forum is so great!
     
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    I had 4 back in the 90s and still kick myself for letting them go.
    But now I have CVs and like them just as much but want my protones back.
     
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    Nice guitars, awesome quality for the day, thin necks and frets. Id rather have a cv squier
     
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    Daneman Well-Known Member

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    Kind of like this ?
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    :)

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    Spudman Well-Known Member

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    I've got this one and a transition era one that was my main gigging guitar for years. It has a much girthier neck than the one pictured here and also larger frets and higher output pickups. I don't have any pictures of that one but it's a solid color without the Pro Tone logo on the head stock.

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  12. gilmourjunkie

    gilmourjunkie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for that article! I bought my son the trans blue green one in 98 and since he now lives in Houston and the guitar is here....well it's strung lefty and I pay it occasionally, and yeah, it's awesome. The only thing I'm not crazy about are the thinner frets. I think it has mediums while the Strats I'm used to have the jumbo frets, but otherwise a sick guitar. Again thanks for the highly informative magazine post - this is why this forum is so great!
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    No problem. Glad it helped you out. They are great guitars. Definitely on the list of guitars I wish I could have kept.
     
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    yup, exactly...except only one, lol!
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