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#1: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-08 20:59:38 by c_allaire

Hi,

I was at my local music store today looking at some archtops and tried
this Fender Squier hollowbody. The action and the resonance of the
guitar seemed nice but I did not have the time to try it with an amp.
It also had a wooden bridge (mahogany ?) with gave it a nice mellow
tone. It seems this line of guitars is relatively new on the market
(couple of years I think).

Frankly I dont know much about archtops but would like your
enlightened opinions on this one if you have had the chance to try it
out yourself.

I am looking for an archtop in the 500-600$ US price range, so if you
any recommendations to make on other models I would be much obliged.

Christian Allaire
<a href="http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/christianallairemusic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/christianallairemusic.htm</a>

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#2: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-08 21:03:41 by hepkatreetaroonie

On 8 Oct 2004 11:59:38 -0700, <a href="mailto:c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com</a> (Christian
Allaire) wrote:

&gt;Hi,
&gt;
&gt;I was at my local music store today looking at some archtops and tried
&gt;this Fender Squier hollowbody. The action and the resonance of the
&gt;guitar seemed nice but I did not have the time to try it with an amp.
&gt;It also had a wooden bridge (mahogany ?) with gave it a nice mellow
&gt;tone. It seems this line of guitars is relatively new on the market
&gt;(couple of years I think).
&gt;
&gt;Frankly I dont know much about archtops but would like your
&gt;enlightened opinions on this one if you have had the chance to try it
&gt;out yourself.
&gt;
&gt;I am looking for an archtop in the 500-600$ US price range, so if you
&gt;any recommendations to make on other models I would be much obliged.

That used to be the DeArmond X155, and people here raved about it.
AFAIK all that's changed is the name [Fender bought out DeArmond].

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#3: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-08 22:09:42 by noone

<a href="mailto:hepkatreetaroonie&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">hepkatreetaroonie&#64;hotmail.com</a> (Max Leggett) wrote in news:4166e432.7887125
@News.sprint.ca:

&gt; On 8 Oct 2004 11:59:38 -0700, <a href="mailto:c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com</a> (Christian
&gt; Allaire) wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;Hi,
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;I was at my local music store today looking at some archtops and tried
&gt;&gt;this Fender Squier hollowbody. The action and the resonance of the
&gt;&gt;guitar seemed nice but I did not have the time to try it with an amp.
&gt;&gt;It also had a wooden bridge (mahogany ?) with gave it a nice mellow
&gt;&gt;tone. It seems this line of guitars is relatively new on the market
&gt;&gt;(couple of years I think).
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;Frankly I dont know much about archtops but would like your
&gt;&gt;enlightened opinions on this one if you have had the chance to try it
&gt;&gt;out yourself.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;I am looking for an archtop in the 500-600$ US price range, so if you
&gt;&gt;any recommendations to make on other models I would be much obliged.
&gt;
&gt; That used to be the DeArmond X155, and people here raved about it.
&gt; AFAIK all that's changed is the name [Fender bought out DeArmond].

And the pickups.
Greg

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#4: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-08 23:58:39 by Joe Silver

&quot;GregD/OASYSCO&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:noone&#64;nowhere.com" target="_blank">noone&#64;nowhere.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
news:<a href="mailto:Xns957CA46A1C7E7oasysco&#64;68.6.19.6..." target="_blank">Xns957CA46A1C7E7oasysco&#64;68.6.19.6...</a>

&gt; <a href="mailto:hepkatreetaroonie&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">hepkatreetaroonie&#64;hotmail.com</a> (Max Leggett) wrote in news:4166e432.7887125
&gt; @News.sprint.ca:

&gt; &gt; That used to be the DeArmond X155, and people here raved about it.
&gt; &gt; AFAIK all that's changed is the name [Fender bought out DeArmond].
&gt;
&gt; And the pickups.
&gt; Greg

There have also been some cosmetic changes. The original X-155s were more
Guildish-looking. I bought a nice natural finish DeArmond X-155 through eBay
for under $400, including a hard shell case, and it has a quasi-Art Deco
stairstep pickguard and a tailpiece that is very much like that of a Guild,
except that it sports a cutout letter &quot;D&quot; instead of a &quot;G.&quot; The Squiers have
a more generic pickguard and tailpiece. On the Squiers, the pickup toggle
switch has been moved from the right (bottom) side of the face of the
guitar, to the left (top).

I've read that the Squiers are made in Indonesia, but I can't confirm this.
My DeArmond was made in Korea. It sounds and feels great, especially for the
money.

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#5: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-09 00:41:44 by RecordingMusic

<a href="mailto:c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">c_allaire&#64;hotmail.com</a> (Christian Allaire) wrote in message news:&lt;<a href="mailto:3c30a177.0410081059.66c7bdbd&#64;posting.google.com" target="_blank">3c30a177.0410081059.66c7bdbd&#64;posting.google.com</a>&gt;...
&gt; Hi,
&gt;
&gt; I was at my local music store today looking at some archtops and tried
&gt; this Fender Squier hollowbody. The action and the resonance of the
&gt; guitar seemed nice but I did not have the time to try it with an amp.
&gt; It also had a wooden bridge (mahogany ?) with gave it a nice mellow
&gt; tone. It seems this line of guitars is relatively new on the market
&gt; (couple of years I think).
&gt;
&gt; Frankly I dont know much about archtops but would like your
&gt; enlightened opinions on this one if you have had the chance to try it
&gt; out yourself.
&gt;
&gt; I am looking for an archtop in the 500-600$ US price range, so if you
&gt; any recommendations to make on other models I would be much obliged.
&gt;
&gt; Christian Allaire
&gt; <a href="http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/christianallairemusic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/christianallairemusic.htm</a>

I had the Fender Dearmond X-155 about five years ago, it's the same
guitar. The pickup stopped functioning within a year. I feel the neck
is to chunky. Apart from the pickup the guitar has a solid build, but
is a little bright sounding. I had a lot of feedback problems, even at
low volume, so I put foam in it.

Guy

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#6: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-09 09:04:34 by David Moss

&quot;Christian Allaire&quot; wrote...
&gt; I was at my local music store today looking at some archtops and tried
&gt; this Fender Squier hollowbody. The action and the resonance of the
&gt; guitar seemed nice but I did not have the time to try it with an amp.
&gt; It also had a wooden bridge (mahogany ?) with gave it a nice mellow
&gt; tone. It seems this line of guitars is relatively new on the market
&gt; (couple of years I think).
&gt;
&gt; Frankly I dont know much about archtops but would like your
&gt; enlightened opinions on this one if you have had the chance to try it
&gt; out yourself.
&gt;
&gt; I am looking for an archtop in the 500-600$ US price range, so if you
&gt; any recommendations to make on other models I would be much obliged.

The Fender Squier X-155 (formerly DeArmond) is one of the
regular contenders at that price, for some other alternatives see
our FAQ: <a href="http://users.wpi.edu/~kgh/rmmgjFAQ.html#10." target="_blank">http://users.wpi.edu/~kgh/rmmgjFAQ.html#10.</a>

Since that list was made, I've also seen praise here for Samick's budget
archtops (<a href="http://www.samickguitar.com/electric/lasalle/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.samickguitar.com/electric/lasalle/index.html</a>).

My overall impression based on what I've read here and what I've
tried out myself is that there's not much to choose between all
these offerings in the sub $1000 price range - they're all OK.


--
www.david-anna.com

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#7: Re: Fender Squier X-155 Hollowbody - Opinions please ?

Posted on 2004-10-09 23:19:47 by Rg

I got the DeArmond X-145 which is essentially the DeArmond x-155 but with
DeArmotron pups instead of goldtones. It's a very well-made guitar with a
fast neck. I put in a Gibson '57 and I'm quite happy with the tone. I too
found feedback a real problem. I no longer use this guitar when playing with
a drummer. I tried tape and/or balloons to cut the feedback and it helped
somewhat, but still got to the point where the fight for control was taking
the fun out of playing. I don't know if the Squire has the same issue.

Rick

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