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Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar  

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The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s is an electric guitar that leaves no doubt as to its true Fender identity. With its cool finishes on an alder body and 21-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s is an electric guitar that leaves no doubt as to its true Fender identity. With its cool finishes on an alder body and 21-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck, this beauty definitely has that '50s vibe. But you also get the modern playability of a 9.5" radius neck and medium jumbo frets. The tone is unmistakable as well, with a custom set of AlNiCo 3 single-coil pickups. This Squier guitar's tone is clear and bright with terrific sustain even in crunch mode! Custom-staggered pole pieces provide improved string-to-string balance.

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 has a distinctive feature set combinations- adding up to one classic looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value-Classic Vibe!

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Features
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.65" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage-style tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-style, 6-saddle tremolo
  • Pickguard: 1-ply white
  • Neck pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo III)
  • Middle pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo III)
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo III)
  • Pickup switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone
  • Strings: (.009 - .042) Nickel Plated Steel
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Review Snapshot

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SquierClassic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent all around guitar

This guitar is an amazing value for your money. I used to be a guitar brand snob before playing this guitar. The feel is absolutely amazing, one of the easiest guitar's I've ever...Read complete review

This guitar is an amazing value for your money. I used to be a guitar brand snob before playing this guitar. The feel is absolutely amazing, one of the easiest guitar's I've ever played. The fit and finish was excellent with the body being 1 piece alder. really rare at this price point. The only downside i can see was the pickups, they were very weak and thin sounding. With some new pickups this guitar would be in the same league as the 500-700 dollar instruments in my opinion.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Classic Vibe 50,s Squier

All in all this is a great guitar with some careless mistakes on it..A shame really but i think the pickups sound great and the neck feels good and the bodys...Read complete review

All in all this is a great guitar with some careless mistakes on it..A shame really but i think the pickups sound great and the neck feels good and the bodys light..I would buy one again but go over it first to avoid the problems above.
It has great pickups and the neck feels great.Also the frets are nicely done
They drilled the 6 hole tremolo crooked,it looks like some guy just eyeballed it and drilled.Use a template next time?.The string tring tree hole was drilled to big for the string tree screw and the screw wouldnt tighten.I had to to use the the tooth pick method on my brand new guitar.Truss rod is hard to turn..All in all thats about it for the bad.I noticed all this stuff wrong with it unfortunatly after i modified it so,(i mean who unscrews the bridge to check the holes?),well im going to start too

Reviewed by 104 customers

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5.0

Near Perfection

By bertaluch

from Orlando

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

    So I picked up this guitar way back when they first showed up at GC (maybe '09-'10). I have the sunburst version and it is truly a classic look and design. I have been playing guitar for many years and have owned a lot of high end guitars, and still do, but if you are looking for the classic sound and feel of a Stratocaster this guitar is worth looking at for sure. I really loved it out of the box and the fit and finish were spot on. I have done some upgrades over the years. I got some Lace sensor hot gold pickups on sale during a GC memorial day sale, those really made the guitar sing with a more modern strat sound than the Alinco 3 pickups that come standard. The Alnico 3's are ok if you play 50's rock but if you want to drive a tube amp you may want to get a set of pickups. I also added a brass tremolo block. This one upgrade really opened up the tone and brought a really nice bright bell like tone to the guitar. Switching out the tremolo block is super easy to do and it really blew me away how that one upgrade made such a huge difference in tone. And my last upgrade was the Graph Tech saddles that I also purchased from GC. This guitar is now on par with ANY stratocaster, American or otherwise. I love the size of the neck, at first I did not like the feel of the back of the neck as the finish would make it a little bit sticky but I rubbed it with the rough, scrubbing side of a sponge and now it is nice and satin like. Overall, in my opinion this is the best strat you can get for the price and with a few upgrades this can be a stellar guitar that can go anywhere that its much more expensive Fender cousins go. I have played the hell out of this guitar at many gigs and practices and it is a high quality guitar with zero isuues. This is a guitar that will pay dividends for many years to come. Frets are top quality and cut to perfection. Even after years of playing they are smooth as butter. Great guitar, don't miss out, get your hands on one ASAP

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Only good for starters, yet still expensive

    By some bloke

    from Riverside CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • looks great

    Cons

    • bad sounding
    • not good for faster playing
    • too expensive for what you get

    Best Uses

    • learning

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

    i bought this guitar to get better because i only had a cheap acoustic from a swap meet before this. i was disappointed that this guitar simply makes playing harder. It is as easy to play as my guitar from a swap-meet. It only has a more notable producer. you are basically paying for the fender sticker on the guitar.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar

    By Robert

    from undisclosed

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

      Great Guitar

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Guitar!

      By eddie

      from tucson

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

        My experience- the classic vibe 50s Stratocaster is a beautiful guitar. The finish is outstanding. It has the curves that a strat is supposed to have and the neck is gorgeous. No fret edges, smooth as butter, and the guitar is light, 7lbs. The whammy works great and its easy to bend notes and play on this neck. The neck is wider than regular strats, which is great. Most strat necks are too narrow. I like it better than the mex strat or the American. In fact, I like it better than my vintage strat. It's close because vintage instruments always have something special about them. It's got a lot of output, the bass is really strong and the trebles are more recessed but they are sweet. Overall, well done instrument, beautiful, easy to play, and sounds sweet.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I like the MIM strats better

        By Fender Bender

        from Germany

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

        These are pretty good guitars certainly better than the bullet and affinity, but I have compared them with the standard strat and the classic vibe is not a better guitar. it is the best Squire label guitar. The tuners, neck, pup's and electronics on my MIM are all better, but that does not diminish the good quality of the Classic vintage. I must say that I have found the G & L guitars very high quality compared to all strat like guitars and I would choose a G & L over these guitars, these are competitive.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar.

        By scm_1

        from DFW, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

          This is not a good guitar "for the money," but just a very good guitar, period. The flat neck is the most comfortable Strat neck I've played. Sold electronics that don't need to be changed out, as is commonly thought with Squier models. The tuners work well and look very cool. The glossy finish on the maple is very classy, and the overall fit and finish is excellent. This isn't just a guitar to play till you get a "real Strat"; this is a real Strat.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By Old_School

          from Connecticut

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sounds better a than an Mex Strat and plays grea

          Cons

          • I should have bought it sooner

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

          Beat Guitar for the money that I have ever owned.

           
          4.0

          Great guitar for the money

          By Michael

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

              This is a great Strat for the money. This is a lot nicer than the Mexican Fender Strats I've played in years past. Don't let the Squier name fool you...this is the real deal.

               
              4.0

              nice, but fret buzz, needs setup

              By bobby

              from Satellite Beach Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

              It's not a USA Strat, but its decent for the money. I got mine professionally setup and I had to take it back in because of fret buzz but I've pretty much got it taken care of now.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not exactly a 50's strat, but very nice

              By Rock On

              from the whole world over

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anytime
                • Anywhere

                Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar:

                So, the neck on this is not as thin/slim as a 54, but it is still a very nice neck. I don't think there is anything that I can play on a 54 that I can't play on this one. I have played some '57's and '59's and my vague recollection is that the necks on those are closer to this one. I have a '64 neck and it's a little thicker that the cv50.

                The cv50 has a great sound and feel. I need to play with the action a bit; it came setup by the shop at GC just a bit high for my taste, but the individual string height adjustments on the bridge are super easy to tailor.

                Also, I need to put my string gauges on it. I use .009 | .009 | .011 | .024 | .032 | .042

                when I have some time I'll change them and adjust the action at the same time. Stock strings were fine, just not my goofey gauges.

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