Squier Mini Strat Review 2020 – Before You Buy

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My childhood friend owned this axe back in the day, and spend a lot of time with this cute axe back then. Now it’s time to reveal if it’s any good? And most of all, is it worth your hard-earned money?

Squier Mini Strat specs:

Body type: Solidbody

Body wood: Poplar

Neck wood: Maple

Scale length: 22.75”

Truss rod: Yes

Fretboard material: Indian Laurel

Fretboard radius: 9.5”

Number of frets: 20 Medium frets

Nut width: 1.6” (40,6mm)

Pickups: 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat

Pickup switch: 5-way

Bridge: 6-Saddle Hardtail

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Squier Mini Strat Review

Sound

Some might think that because this guitar is so small and most adults buy these only for kids, the tones of this guitar kind of suck. Well, these people are completely wrong!

This axe comes with 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat pickups(just like The Original Stratocasters), these provide you bright and sparkling tones. Clean tones are clear and dirty ones have plenty of attack, and you can make this axe sound aggressive if you want.

If you play really heavy stuff, the tones can be a little bit fuzzy. This guitar is not built metalheads in mind, and it handles rock, jazz, and blues really well. If you want to play metal, Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro might be a little bit better option for you because it has 2 humbuckers.

But overall this Mini Strat sound excellent for the price, and gets beginner guitarist started with a great variety of different tones.

Also, this Mini Strat has a 5-way switch that makes you able to control which pickup is on or off, so you have good control over your tone.

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Playability

The nut with is only 1.6”(40,6m), so the neck really is narrow. This and the C-shaped neck make this axe really easy to play, even for kids and adults with really small hands.

And the short scale length of 22.75” makes things even easier. Because of this, strings have less tension and are a lot easier to press down. So less finger strength required if you want to rock with this guitar.

Fretboard radius is 9.5”, this number reveals how much curve the fretboard has and this affects the playability too. 9.5” is standard for Fender guitars, and you are probably not going to face any issues with it.

Overall, this axe is really easy to play, but maybe if you got really big hands or really long and thick fingers, this is not a good choice for you because small frets will be hard to hit for you.

Quality

I have always been satisfied with the quality of Squier guitars, and this is no exception. For the price, you get darn good value for money.

Of course the overall finish is is not so detailed than in the more expensive guitar, but it’s still good and nothing bad is not sticking out. The guitar stays in tune pretty well and electronics seem to last for years and years.

Looks

If you like iconic Stratocaster looks, you’ll like this one too. I do. All the color options, pink, black, and red look great, and the headstock of the guitar fits well into the 3/4 size.

Summary

Pros

  • Bright Stratocaster sounds
  • Comfortable and easy to play
  • The neck is narrow and thin(great for small hands and kids)
  • Quality is great for the price
  • Stays in tune well

Cons

  • Little bit fuzzy tone with the distortion
  • If you spend more, you get higher quality

If you have really small hands, you are a small person or you are buying this for a kid, this is(in my opinion), the best option out there if you are looking for a 3/4 sized guitar.

With Squier Mini Stratocaster, you get a comfortable guitar that provides a great variety of tones. It’s good for rock, blues, jazz, and handles other genres too. If these things sound good to you, this axe is worth the money and a great option for you.

Squier by Fender Mini Stratocaster Beginner Electric Guitar - Indian...
  • 100% designed by Fender
  • Thin and lightweight body
  • 22.75" scale length
  • Three single-coil pickups
  • Sealed die-cast tuning machines

 

Alternatives

Better With Distortion – Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro

If you mostly want to play heavier stuff, you might want to consider this axe too. It comes with 2 humbucker pickups, so it provides warmer, darker, and thicker tones for you. It’s a versatile guitar with a budget price too, but with the metal, it does a better job than Squier Mini Strat.

But in quality(tuning issues), and versatility it loses to Mini Strat, but for the price, it’s still a solid choice. A great option for kids too.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

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Regular-Sized Option – Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Stratocaster

I tried this out in a music store nearby a while back. I compared lots of different Stratocasters there and I think that this one is a lot easier to play than most Fender Stratocasters. And this Squier didn’t lose much to the higher-priced Original Fender Stratocasters sound and quality-wise either. 

This axe is a great option for small-handed folks, and for people who are looking for a high value for money guitar with spanky Strat tones. This Squier offers your spanky and bright tones, great if you like rock, jazz, and blues. Overall, it’s a lot better instrument than 3/4 sized guitars and it sounds better too.

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Best Guitar For Small Hands – Fender Mustang 90

Fender Mustang 90 is an excellent instrument in my opinion. It offers you different looks and tones, and that’s why you either like it or don’t. Personally I like it. A great option, especially if you love punk.

And if you have small hands, this axe is the best option in my opinion. It has a comfortable, narrow, and thin C-shaped neck. It also has a shorter scale length (24”) than most regular-sized electric guitars, this lowers the string tension and makes strings easier to press down.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Fender Mustang 90 Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

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FAQ

How Big Is A Squier Mini Strat?

It’s 3/4 size of a regular-sized guitar. The scale length (length from nut to the saddle) is 22.75 inches(57,8cm).

The overall length from the tip of the headstock to the end of the body is around 34.5inches(88mm).

The width of the body from the wides point is 12 inches(30cm).

The thickness of the body is 1.5inches(3.8cm).

Weight of the guitar is around 5.8lbs(2.6kg)

Nut width(width of the neck from close to the nut) is 1.6inches (40,6mm).

 

Conclusion

Squier Mini Strat is in my opinion the best 3/4 sized guitar on the market. When I played it at a younger age, playing was comfortable, even with my small hands. The tones were definitely enough for a beginner and the guitar looked cool.

Nothing has changed since then, and this guitar is still a great choice for folks looking for a great 3/4 sized guitar.

Note: I recommend that you check out the alternative options I mentioned above.

I hope that this review helped you out! If you have any questions, leave a comment down below. Feel free to share this post too.

I wish you all the best and keep rocking!

Teemu Suomala

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