Squier Paranormal Custom Nashville Stratocaster review: Fender combines the Strat and Tele for an intriguing hybrid

Two sonic worlds collide to create a solid-gold winner – even if it is a Strat as you’ve never seen it before

Squier Paranormal Custom Nashville Stratocaster
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Yes, the Custom Nashville Stratocaster may be an amalgamation of two Fender top dogs, and while it certainly isn’t an entirely new species, it is an intriguing hybrid that more than delivers on playability and tone.


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    The versatility is something else.

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    The quality of the tones is persuasive.

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    Very playable, with a slim, approachable neck.

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    Cool, off-menu style.


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    Not for the purists.

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They’re here. Do not attempt to adjust your television set and do not panic. This gilded hybrid is not a creature from another world or an unexplained apparition; it’s merely the latest edition to the Squier Paranormal series.

Fender purists may want to look away now, as this otherworldly line of guitars twists tradition to conjure up a whole host of unique creations that will leave conformists shaking in their boots.

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.