More and More Pros Are Switching To Squier Guitars – Here’s Why…

Do pros use Squier guitars

Is a Squier guitar worth buying? Plenty of professional and well known guitarists happily use them. Maybe you should too… 



What do you think of when you think of Squier? Cheapo Fender guitars, right? Obviously. But we’ve spotted a trend over the past couple of years: more and more professional and advanced players are now actively using Squier guitars. 

Do Pros Use Squier Guitars? Yes – Here’s Why…

Of course, a solid percentage of this trend is made up of contractually-obligated promotion. If you have a signature guitar, Fender or Squier, you are contractually bound to promote it, play it, and talk it up – that’s how you make the Benjamins. 

But in-between household-name guitarists like Jim Root / John 5 and mere mortals (which, of course, includes beginners) are the legions of experienced, advanced players that, while not “famous” like Root or J Mascis, do make a living playing guitar. 

Hell, Mike Rutherford used a Squier Bullet Strat on the most recent Genesis tour and that dude has more money than pretty much every single person who will ever read this article. 

And it is these types of players, players that are now happily using Squier guitars, that are on the rise. Chris has seen this firsthand in Nashville, in his local scene in Atlanta, and it is something that deserves way more attention than it is currently getting. 

So, why are more and more professional and advanced players switching to / or using Squier guitars? 

Simple: Squier guitars – providing you get the right model have some basic “setup” competency – are not only excellent value for money but can be used both live and in the studio in place of a balls-to-the-wall Fender. 

The Squier Brand is Having a Moment

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I’ve owned a few Squier guitars over the years, but Fender’s recent output – between 2020 and now – is something else. The models, the variation in configuration, the build quality, it’s all gotten very, very impressive. 

We have a ton of Squier reviews on the site, from the awesome Contemporary and Paranormal series to the Artist and Bullet Series, and Chris and I have been massively impressed by them nearly all of them which is why we constantly recommend the brand both on the site and on the podcast. 

The necks are smooth and fast, no fret overhang issues, the out-of-the-box playability is tenfold better than it was 10 years ago, and with the simplest of setups, you have a guitar that is gig and/or recording session-ready. 

And for better than 70% less than the price of a standard Fender model, that’s awesome whichever you slice it. For value for money, the higher-end Squier models are outstanding for beginners, intermediate players, and even touring / professional musicians. 

Squier Guitar Pricing Breakdown (By Model & Series)

Fender American Professional Stratocaster

OK, maybe you’re new to Squier. Maybe you’ve been sleeping on the brand, worried it’s just some cheap, Fender knock-off. The first thing you need to know is what Squier’s current line-up of guitars looks like.

Second, you need to know the price tiers – from the cheapest to the most expensive. 

As per usual, we’ve done the hard work for you.

Here’s a completely breakdown of Squier’s current lineup of electric guitars, broken up into their respective pricing tiers: 

Most Expensive:

  • Paranormal Series (prices typically range from $500 to $800)
  • Classic Vibe Series (prices typically range from $400 to $600)
  • Contemporary Series (prices typically range from $300 to $500)

Mid-Range:

  • 40th Anniversary Series (prices typically range from $300 to $400)
  • Artist Series (prices typically range from $250 to $400)

Most Affordable:

  • Affinity Series (prices typically range from $200 to $300)
  • Bullet Series (prices typically range from $100 to $200)

Notable Models Within Each Series

  • Paranormal Series: Paranormal Super-Sonic Jazz Bass, Paranormal Offset Telecaster, Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster
  • Classic Vibe Series: Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster, Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Custom, Classic Vibe Jazzmaster
  • Contemporary Series: Contemporary Telecaster HH, Contemporary Strat HSS, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass V
  • 40th Anniversary Series: 40th Anniversary Telecaster Thinline, 40th Anniversary Jazz Bass, 40th Anniversary Mustang Bass
  • Artist Series: J Mascis Jazzmaster, Mark Knopfler Telecaster, Billy Corgan Telecaster
  • Affinity Series: Affinity Series Stratocaster, Affinity Series Telecaster, Affinity Series Jazz Bass
  • Bullet Series: Bullet Stratocaster HT, Bullet Telecaster HT, Bullet Mustang HH

Modern Pickups, Inflation-Friendly Pricing 

squier contemporary

2023 was a brutal year for a lot of people, and 2024 – a goddamn leap year, they’re always bonkers – isn’t shaping up to be much better with chaos in the US, wars overseas, and never-ending disaster porn on the TV and the news. 

And that’s before you get to the god-awful state of the job and wage market.

Buying a $1000 to $1500 guitar for the vast majority of people just ain’t gonna happen this year. But a $300 to $500 Squier is way more approachable (and likely won’t end in divorce). 

Squier’s current range is really going after modern players too – guys and gals that like getting low and heavy – with its epic Contemporary Series. That means Jazzmaster, Teles and Strats with HH configuration pickups that are perfect for djent, doom, sludge, and metal. All for less than $500. 

Bottom Line / Final Thoughts

What’s the moral of the story here? Squier is not what most people think; it ain’t just a Fender knock off. Not anymore. Sure, the ultra-cheap models, those aimed squarely at first-time players aren’t great, but once you’re over that hump, there’s so much to like in this current range. 

My collection is pretty alright at the moment. My better half definitely wouldn’t appreciate any more guitars in the house.

But I am absolutely smitten with Squier Classic Vibe Baritone Custom. It’s $399.99, so fairly approachable price-wise, it has that classic Tele styling, and it runs dual Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil pickups. 

But the cool thing about Teles is that you can switch out bits and pieces and mod the hell out of them.

My plan for this guitar is to switch out the bridge pickup for a Seymour Duncan Custom Shop DDJ which will allow me to really dial-in the tone for heavier, slower stuff (which I like playing). 

Need more information on Squier? Check out our dedicated Squier Electric Guitar brand page – it covers literally everything you need to know. 

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