I received the Fender Squier Mini Player for a birthday present from my girlfriend. She wanted to buy me something that I was passionate about but she knew she couldn’t afford to buy above the two full size electric guitars I already own. Solution: go practical.
I admit, at first I thought it was a joke or something until she explained why she bought it. So many times we travel places or just end up in a situation where I would like to play a guitar but I either
A.) didn’t bring it because of space and storage issues
B.) don’t feel like hauling it out and setting up
C.) just don’t find it practical
Whats great about this little guitar is that the amplifier, speaker and distortion are all built into the guitar. You have two separate knobs for volume and distortion to tune it just how you want it. There’s no cords, no boxes, just pick it up and play. It also provides a headphone jack for those situations where you need a silent practice.
So what does it sound like? Surprisingly, and I wasn’t expecting much, it sounds really good. You get really decent clean tones out of this guitar but don’t expect the neighbor to call the cops on account of you playing to loud. It has only the one humbucking pickup. I really wish it was a little louder but when playing without a preamp the volume is pretty low. Turning up the distortion helps and it does sound pretty cool. If I need more volume I noticed there’s a 1/4″ jack that allows you to hook up your favorite amp and really rock out.
As far as playing it goes, well, this is where you realize your playing a fender and not just some toy. It has a nice maple neck and rosewood fret board with 20 medium jumbo frets. The body is lamenated hardwood and the hardware is all chrome. It feels pretty sturdy, like it could take some serious abuse. Even though its a smaller guitar it doesn’t feel awkward at all like some small travel guitars are notorious for. It pretty much feels just like a normal guitar so playability isn’t a issue.
Overall, I would recommend the Fender Squier Mini Player to anyone who likes to travel, the portablity is just awesome. Yes, there are smaller electric travel guitars but they do not offer a built in amp and speaker. Whats interesting is I find myself picking up this guitar over my other guitars even when I’m just messing around at home. Why? Because I can just pick it up and start playing. I really like having it around and I owe it all to by wonderfully smart girlfriend.
What about kids? Well we don’t have any together yet but this guitar would be perfect for a kid. A lot of times people buy their kid a guitar for 40 bucks at Walmart to see if they are going to stick with it. The problem with this is that the guitar sucks and it rarely stays in tune if you can even get it in tune. Of Course they give up. This guitar is relatively inexpensive, a quality instrument (not a toy), and its small stature fits perfectly into the arms of a child.Published in