Squier Sonic Stratocaster HT H review – single-humbucker Tom DeLonge vibe for under $200

Fender's new entry-level Squiers have been rebranded and refreshed as the Sonic Series, but is this hardtail humbucker-equipped Strat still the go-to electric for beginners?

Squier Sonic Stratocaster HT H
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

Squier's Sonic Series serves up another quality and credible electric for under $200 – and it's so good that beginners might rather upgrade its pickup than trade up for a higher-priced model. It's a keeper.


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    A credible humbucker-equipped Strat.

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    The price is unbeatable.

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    Quality build and finish.

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    Excellent playability.

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    Affordable alternative to the Tom DeLonge Strat.


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    Traditional Strat fans might want a trem.

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Fender recently revived Tom DeLonge’s cult classic signature guitar, but many aspiring strummers and Blink-182 fans keen to get their hands on it were priced out of a move thanks to the fact the limited-edition single-humbucker Strat weighed in at a hefty $/£1,299.

Well, for just over a tenth of that price, Squier has presented a seriously impressive alternative in the form of the Sonic Stratocaster HT H. 

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.