Budget Strat Battle: Squier Standard Vs. Squier Deluxe

(Image credit: Damian Fanelli)

Darrell Braun. You've seen his stuff before. He's the guy who compares guitar tones on his popular YouTube channel. We've shared several of his videos in the past, including "Les Paul Vs. Telecaster: Put Their Tones to the Test."

In this more recent clip, Braun goes low budget, comparing a Squier Standard and a Squier Deluxe.

As any budget guitarist knows, these are two of the more popular options when searching for an inexpensive Fender Stratocaster substitute. But how to they stack up against each other?

Below, Braun puts the axes through their paces by testing them out in five different pickup positions, playing the same riffs through the same amp (with the same settings, of course).

Here's a handy guide:

POSITION 5: "Yellow Ledbetter," Pearl Jam
POSITION 4: "Another kind of Green," John Mayer
POSITION 3: "Is There Anybody Out There?" Pink Floyd
POSITION 2: "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan
POSITION 1: "Layla," Derek and the Dominos.


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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.