New Guitar Day – Squier Cyclone

My new Squier Cyclone arrived yesterday. I played the crap out of it last night, and have many observations I will share. Unfortunately, it will have to way for a while– it is the 4th of July, and we have company in town.

In the mean time, here are some photos I took:


The first thing you may notice is that I replaced the knobs. The knobs that came on the guitar were Jazz Bass style, and were really cheap. I have some really nice Eagle knobs in my stash that I really like on this guitar.

The other thing you may notice that the neck pocket has a little issue. The two paint chip photos show what is really going on. It looks like the guitar was originally painted surf green, and then over-painted with a shade of white– maybe primer– and then painted over with black. Hah! Under a strong white light, you can see the green paint come through the black.

I’ll post a full review in the next couple of days. Thanks for reading!

New Guitar Day, On The Way

Well, my addiction continues.

You are probably not aware, but last year, in 2011, I purchased three guitars: Agile AL-2000 in honey sunburst flame, SX Furrian in vintage white, and a used Fender Standard Jazz Bass in 3-tone sunburst.

Earlier this year, I blew my entire hobby budget for 2012 on a MIM Fender Standard Stratocaster in arctic white. I agreed that I would not purchase any more guitars during 2012.

Well, I made a liar out of me.

I just ordered a Squier Cyclone. I really wanted the Lake Placid blue, but it is on perpetual extended backorder. Candy apple red is really not my thing, and the idea of 3-tone sunburst at this price point scares me. I went with the ever-popular black… hah!

Squier Cyclone - Black

The Cyclone is a Musician’s Friend exclusive, but they still gave me a great price. These normally sell for $199.99. The best price I’ve ever seen was on Black Friday– $153. They put the sunburst and black ones on sale for $155.99. I called to see if I could backorder a Lake Placid blue one at that price, but they wouldn’t do it.

They ended up offering me another 5% off, bringing it to below the Black Friday price, 7 months ago. For $148.19 delivered, I couldn’t pass it up.

Believe it or not, I own something like 11 stringed instruments, and none of them are black. Lake Placid blue would have been nice, but I’m not sure I would like it. My 93 American Standard Strat is “Caribbean mist”– a metallic green teal. I’ve had it for almost 20 years, and I’m still not sure if I like it.

I am looking forward to having a black guitar, and I will post a review after it arrives. Thanks for reading!