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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar
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Classic vibe with modern refinements.

The Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s is an electric guitar with a look to die for and plenty of '50s 'blackguard' Tele vibe. The Vintage Blonde or Butterscotch Blonde over pine body totally resonates and you'll be hard-pressed to tell whether or not you are holding a premium ash body guitar. Of course pine is not a foreign wood to guitar making or to Fender history for that matter. Early single and dual pickup Esquire guitars were made with pine bodies.

Featuring a 21-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck with the modern playability of a 9-1/2" radius and medium jumbo frets, and outfitted with a custom set of Alnico 5 single-coil pickups on the Butterscotch Blonde model and Alnico III on the Vintage Blonde, this Squier Tele has tone that can really hang with the big boys. You get clear note separation even in distorted modes and dynamic response with a strong midrange and high end bite for leads.

Classic Vibe
Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia. Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound, and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender-branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players. The Squier Classic Vibe Series reflects that simultaneous commitment to excellence, value, and vibe. Mirroring classic Fender designs, the Classic Vibe offering is not intended to be era or vintage correct-but rather imparting the vibe of a classic Fender design. Each with distinctive feature set combinations-all adding up to one classic-looking instrument.

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar Features:

  • Resonant pine body just like the early Equires
    1-Piece maple, modern "C" shape neck with maple fingerboard
    Custom Telecaster pickups
    Chrome hardware including vintage-style tuning machines
    Vintage-style Tele bridge plate w/brass barrel saddles

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: Pine
    Finish: Polyester
    Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
    Fingerboard: Maple, 9-1/2" (241mm)
    Frets: 21, medium-jumbo
    Scale Length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
    Nut Width: 1.65" (42mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Tuning Keys: Vintage-style tuning machines
    Bridge: Vintage-style Tele bridge plate w/brass barrel saddles
    Pickguard: 1-ply black
    Neck pickup: Custom Telecaster pickup (Alnico 5 on Butterscotch Blonde/Alnico III on Vintage Blonde)
    Bridge pickup: Custom Telecaster pickup (Alnico 5 on Butterscotch Blonde/Alnico III on Vintage Blonde)
    Pickup switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Volume, Tone
    Strings: (.009-.042) Nickel-plated steel

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  • Hard to find another guitar with so many positive reviews

    As reviewed by Roger Hausmann on 9/22/2010

    After reading all the positive reviews of the Squier Vintage Vibe Tele, I had to buy one. Never mind that I already own two American-made Teles, plus have built three of my own from parts. This lightweight plain-looking guitar is scary: Workmanship IMHO better than Mexican-made, with only the neck joint showing a tiny gap between body and neck, great pickups and heavenly chime and twang. Otherwise, the fit and finish plus the hardware are excellent. The pine body seems to make a huge difference in the sound, as it vibrates better than other woods and the neck is gorgeous. Unpacking the new guitar at the GC store, I could not find any flaw whatsoever, except a slightly high setup for the strings. The pick guard looks a little cheap, but that's really nitpicking an otherwise stunning player. Even though I have replacement pick guards riin my shop, I'll wait to replace that in the future, when I have nothing else to do. After playing this Tele for hours every night during the past week, I can safely say that owning this guitar -as it comes out of the box- is a no-brainer. This is a milestone in Tele history.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
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  • Awesome Axe

    As reviewed by Stymie on 6/17/2010

    I just bought this guitar and WOW! The playability of this thing is unreal. The setup right out of the box is fantastic. I play alot of barre chords on this guitar and it's real easy. It has classic looks and a classic sound. Get one before Fender realizes the gem they have and raise the price!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great Little Tele

    As reviewed by Dave on 4/19/2011

    Action, Fit, Finish 4 Stars Out of the box, the action was extremely light. The guitar was strung with 9's and I like 11's. If you like a lighter string, this guitar will be perfect for you right off the showroom floor. If you like a heavier string, then it might take a tweak or two of the truss rod to give you a medium to medium light action. But hey, if you're using 11's, then you probably like a little higher action, right? The fret-edges, epecially on the higher frets were a little rough at first, but I (very lightly)took the fine edge of an emery board to them, and buffed them slightly with a little steel wool. The fret-edges are now very smooth and the neck plays like a warm stick of butter. The frets are level and the neck has no dead spot. 1 1/2 step bends do not fret out at the higher frets, The guitar seems to be solid and well-built. The neck joint is solid, with no gaps. Because the body is made of pine and the neck made of maple, the guitar does seem to neck-dive a little when a strap is used, but it is a negligible amount. The finish is lovely and the wood grain shows through more prominently than the pictures show. The finish thicker acrylic-type is harder and shinier than the thin nitrocellulose that is popular now. The finish seems durable, but also seems like it will age well. The finish on the neck is similar to the guitar bodym and is already stained just a shade lighter than my mid-eighties American Strat's neck. Electronics & Features Bridge and Neck Duncan-Designed Tele-style pickups. Tone control. Volume Control. Three-way selector swith. Pretty much your standard ole tele setup. Did have an issue with the bridge pickup about three months after I bought the started giving me a weak signal. I was stillk getting sound from it through the amp, but it was a much lower output than before. I checked all the connections and they seemed okay. I decided the pickup had a short in it, and I replaced it with a Lindy Fralin Blues Special. Talk about turning a Camaro into a Corvette! Think Jimi Page c. 1969-type sound. The stock neck pickup is still kicking along fine and has a wonderful mellow tone that can really growl when pushed through an overdriven tube amp. Stock switch and pots seem to be solid and do what theyre supposed to do. Sound/Tone This guitar sounds great with the stock pickups! Good twang fron the bridge pickup when played clean. Nice warm mellow tone from the neck pickup when played clean. Great scream from the bridge pickup and good growl from the neck pickup when played through distortion/overdrive. You will not be disappointed in the sounds this guitar can produce. Overall Impression For the money, you wont finds a better tele. Nice touches like the brass three saddle bridge really round ou the package. I have had this gutar now for about six months, and in spite of the minor tweaks and the pickup issue, I have been very happy with my purchase. I am an adult hobbyist who has played a number of guitars over the last twnty-five years, and this has been one of my favorites. If you want classic tele looks and tone for a nice preice, then this tele is for you! Highly reccommended!

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