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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.


Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.