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NGD - Squier Paranormal Cyclone II

Post: # 1404714Post Nick »

I ordered this Cyclone II from Guitar Center 3 weeks ago. It was advertised as a blem for a 20% discount. After UPS losing the package for 2 weeks, it finally arrived Friday night.

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Fit and finish out of the box was very nice. The "blem" was just one, maybe two miniscule stress cracks in the finish on the neck pocket, I wouldn't have even noticed. It came more/less tuned up which was somewhat worrisome but doesn't seem like anything bad happened during shipping. Action is very low, and strung with 9's. Bridge set up floating, which I like, especially since my Strat is set up locked down. The long Jag/Jazzmaster type vibrato arm is also a nice touch and allows for some more subtle use. Odd thing about the arm is the matte plastic tip, which I've never seen before.

This is my first guitar with an Indian Laurel fretboard. No functionality complaints but it is definitely one of the less beautiful fretboards on a guitar I own. As Freddy mentioned in his Tele thread, it has a very dry, almost chalky finish to it, and looks like it would be a black hole for oils if I tried to condition it. I really am missing the little Cyclone decal on the headstock, wish they kept that.

I thought I hated the pickups at first, but after adjusting the height of the bridge pickup it's much better. I don't think I'll be changing them anytime soon. It's warmer/darker than my Strat, and maybe a bit hotter. I don't mean to say that they're muddy, it's by comparison only and the Strat has very bright pickups. I'm considering swapping the neck and middle pickups to get hum cancelling in the neck/bridge position but then I'd lose the bridge/middle setting...maybe I should just look for a reverse wound neck pickup.

Overall I'm very impressed with this for the price. Here it is next to the reason I bought this/reason I probably didn't need it. At least I have a small collection of Valentine's day themed guitars now.
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Post: # 1404824Post Doog »

Love itttttt, it's a super nice shade of pink; was 'worried' it was going to be like the other super pale Squiers of late.

How do you find the scale?
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Post: # 1404826Post sunshiner »

Looks super nice. Without traditional claws it has even rounder, more balanced look to me and with that colour it looks super cocky
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Post: # 1404856Post robroe »

glad you finally got this fucking thing.


what is it with these paranormal things going missing? my toronado got lost and fucked up too.


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*the X-files theme song is playing
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Post: # 1404909Post Nick »

Doog wrote:Love itttttt, it's a super nice shade of pink; was 'worried' it was going to be like the other super pale Squiers of late.

How do you find the scale?
I'm liking the 24.75" scale length, and the feel of the neck in general. It's the same scale as the Yamaha SA30T I've been playing a lot the past couple years, and not far off the 24.5" scale of my Ovation Tornado...I remember disliking my friend's first gen Cyclone at the time because all I'd ever played at that point was 25.5" scale.
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Post: # 1404931Post SAVEStheDAY »

I love it, I really wish I could justify another guitar right now.
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Post: # 1404943Post gusman2x »

Someone on a FB group ordered a cyclone decal from atexx music. Might be a ballache to add just one decal though?

I think that looks great. Love all these pink fenders and squiers.
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Post: # 1404944Post Thom »

Congrats! Looks really nice!
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Post: # 1404961Post Nick »

gusman2x wrote:Someone on a FB group ordered a cyclone decal from atexx music. Might be a ballache to add just one decal though?

I think that looks great. Love all these pink fenders and squiers.
yeah it definitely doesn’t bother me enough to mess with it. It would be one thing if it sat on top of the finish like the decal on my Mustang, but this is under gobs of clearcoat and not raised at all.

I have been thinking of adding white button Klusons to it. Stock tuners work perfectly fine but it just looks like it needs them.
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Post: # 1404963Post Noirie. »

I kinda want one now. Is it a swimming pool route under the guard?
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Post: # 1404983Post Nick »

Noirie. wrote:I kinda want one now. Is it a swimming pool route under the guard?
More or less?
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I bought some white button Klusons for this, not realizing the bushing holes are smaller than the Klusons, THANKS metric system.

I didn’t trust myself to do a neat job so I left it with Parkway to bore out the holes. Much spendier than I initially thought new tuners would be but at least it’s done right and has authentic Klusons now.
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Nick wrote:
Noirie. wrote:I kinda want one now. Is it a swimming pool route under the guard?
More or less?
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You should put a “NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY� sign in there.
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Post: # 1406978Post Johno »

How is the intonation?

The original Fender Cyclone could never be intonated correctly as the saddles did not travel back far enough...
I have a Wilkinson fitted to mine which solves the issue.
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Post: # 1407021Post Nick »

Johno wrote:How is the intonation?

The original Fender Cyclone could never be intonated correctly as the saddles did not travel back far enough...
I have a Wilkinson fitted to mine which solves the issue.
I haven't heard of that before with Cyclones, but don't have that issue with mine. It was intonated correctly with the 9's it came with, but I did need to move some saddles back when I installed D'Addario 10's. What strings/gauge are on yours?

Setup-wise l think it may be in need of a thin neck shim to help with the angle a bit. Neck is straight but saddles are lower than I like them and the overall angle/string height just feels slightly off. I think it's just a setup thing rather a fault with the guitar because it played great with the 9's it came with. Almost thinking I should've gone with 9.5's for this one but I like using strings that are easy to buy in bulk.
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Post: # 1415941Post BearBoy »

I got a Daphne blue one of these today.

First impressions are v positive. Finish is flawless tbh, neck feels great, the "narrow tall" frets are fine and it looks so pretty. Action out of the box was really low and it feels lovely to play. The trem isn't floating like Nick's was so I'll need to do some reading on setting up Strat trems (am a total n00b in this regard). There was also no spring in the hole for the reverb handle so I think I need one of those to make it less flappy abouty?

I'd ordered some NYXL 10s to go on it but I'm now thinking I might get some 9s or 9.5s instead - it feels pretty good with the, janky, stock strings.
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Post: # 1415942Post Nick »

Congrats and glad to hear your first impressions are good!

I don’t think standard Strat bridges usually have a spring For the vibrato arm.

I should add that I did finally shim the neck and raised the saddles on mine to a more comfortable height, I think I left the 10’s on it but it feels pretty good now. Agreed the stock setup feels pretty good with 9’s, 9.5’s are probably the sweet spot.
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Nick wrote:I don’t think standard Strat bridges usually have a spring For the vibrato arm.
My '73 didn't. My '08 USA Standard did.
Edit: mind you, I took it out and put it in a bag, as it fell out any time I took the arm out to put the Strat in the case.
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Post: # 1415944Post BearBoy »

Ah, okay. I thought they were kind of a standard thing (I know nothing about Strats).
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