That’s kind of the point too, considering that MIM models are Fender’s budget brand (above Squier).
Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us.
To get the best possible experience, it is therefore important that you’ve done some research and decided on what kind of model you’re looking for.
If this sound and feels right, then it’s a guitar well worth considering.
Pickups can easily be replaced for a more desired tone but you can’t fix a dead resonance.
Squier Classic Vibe The Classic Vibe series captures the essence of the 50s and 60s models with all the characteristics and looks.
These are very good beginners instruments that’ll give you a good start and a classic Strat tone.
This can easily be adjusted later on, so don’t dismiss a perfectly good guitar just because the setup isn’t how you normally prefer it.
Keep in mind though that there’s a difference between a setup that you don’t like and a bad setup caused by poor assembly and parts. Over the last decade, Squire has regained much of its old reputation of producing high quality instruments for even the tightest budgets.
Replace it with a Callaham Vintage S system for better stability and more sustain.
To take the guitar up to a pro level, replace the pickups with some Fender Custom Shop 69s or Fat 50s. From being the black sheep of the catalogue, the MIMs has gotten a thorough face-lift and are now great alternatives to the much more expensive US counterparts.
A good tip when you’re trying out new guitars is to focus on how the guitar plays and sound acoustically.