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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, ... Read More

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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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  • 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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SquierClassic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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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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Great value

I'll start out by saying the best thing about this guitar- you can't get anything as good as this in this price range. There's no question that Fender in general makes great guitars for...Read complete review

I'll start out by saying the best thing about this guitar- you can't get anything as good as this in this price range. There's no question that Fender in general makes great guitars for the money. Even the American made strat isn't that expensive compared to most guitars. This guitar has upgraded pickups for an entry level guitar, which is nice. They aren't great though. They have better tone than the $100 squier strat but not as good tone as better guitars. Also, while the construction of this guitar is fantastic, especially the light colored, laquered, maple neck, for some reason it does not have good sustain at all. It really doesn't. I'm going to try aligning the neck and see if that makes a difference. Otherwise, the fit and finish is really unbelievable in this price range. If you've never played a strat, you'll love the comfort and easy playability of it. That would be true if you played most strats though. I have been playing my ESP neck through body with active pickups a lot right before picking this guitar up and I noticed a real difference in the sustain, tone, and ease of playing when I made the switch. That's unfair though, as it's a comparison of two totally opposite guitars. If you want a strat, this is as good if not better than a made in mexico strat (i can't speak about the american ones because I've never played one) in terms of fit and finish and all parts except for pickups. I don't think anyone will be really unhappy with this guitar at this unbelievably low price. You may find yourself upgrading pickups after a while though.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By Old_School

from Connecticut

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Pros

  • Sounds better a than an Mex Strat and plays grea

Cons

  • I should have bought it sooner

Best Uses

  • Recording

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Beat Guitar for the money that I have ever owned.

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5.0

Not exactly a 50's strat, but very nice

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By Rock On

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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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    5.0

    The real deal

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    By Rock On

    from the whole world over

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    Pros

    • Genuine Strat Sound
    • Great playability
    • THE REAL THING

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I've been playing strats for over 40 years, and have probably played over 100 different ones from 1954-present. Strats have undergone every kind of transition imaginable from the post-CBS guitars to the present. I mean who ever thought Fender would make strats with humbuckers?

        But seriously, if you like the sound of the 50's strats, and I do, then this is it. STOP - DO NOT PASS GO. You gotta try one of these out.

        WARNING, take around $400 with you because you won't leave the store without one. I'm just saving you a trip.

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        3.0

        Olympic White 50's Classic Vibe

        By Jeffery

        from Wilmington Delaware

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

        I bought a 50's Classic Vibe in Olympic white used from Guitar Center. Visually it was flawless but... It had a dead fret and wasn't setup properly. Also didn't like the white at all seeing in person. It looked really fake and plastic like. Yes I realize this isn't a lacquer finish but it wasn't appealing to me at all. I wanted to love this guitar as a I bought a classic vibe tele used from GC and absolutely love it. Anyway after just playing it for 5 minutes I knew this wasn't for me and I returned it. I will be looking out to buy another classic vibe as I think they are the better than many of the Fenders costing 3X more.

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        5.0

        Stratoriffic!

        By Jack

        from Ringoes, N.J.

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

        It's the real deal. I knew by even looking at the pictures that it was quality made. Such a steal. ( Don't jack the price up Fender) Had to mess with the string height a bit, still not quite there yet. But it plays and sounds great. I have payed strats worth thousands and this is close to them and will age nicely. I am really looking forward to the Tele CV also. You tube demos are fantastic! Pine bodies again, like the originals. God Bless those folks in china making these. Fender owes them a debt of gratitude. Squire has turned it up a notch. In short; Highly recomended. Hard to beat value.

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        5.0

        Wow!

        By JUSTIN ELAMAN

        from Southern IN

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

        I purchased this guitar without having the opportunity to play it, and I was not disappointed. I got the Olympic white and this thing is beautiful. I like the glossed maple neck, and the aged plastic parts are a nice touch. The guitar was set up great right out of the box. The guitar has an awesome tone. It has the classic Strat sound, and I have been able to get bell like chimes and gritty distortion out of it. I compared this guitar to my father's American Standard, and the difference isn't as noticeable as one would like to believe given their price points. This is an amazing value.

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        5.0

        best strat...ever

        By sam pully

        from flint,michigan

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

        this is the best strat i've ever owned,fender or squier and believe me i've owned an american made fender!the maple gloss fretboard is smoothe as silk and when you plug it in the sound is amazing,the pickups are bright either with or without distortion!it's probably the lightest guitar i've ever owned as well and it looks as though it came off the assembly line in 1956!!!it has the perfect"jimi hendrix sound"the kneck pickup melts like butter,all the in-between sounds,and the bridge pickup is hot for a single coil.all in all,please buy this guitar for beginner or otherwise,you will definetely not be disappointed!!!

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        4.0

        Awesomeness

        By Joe Moe

        from Denver, Colorado

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

        The 50s classic vibe strat changed my life. It was my first electric guitar and I've truly become a better musician in general as a result of it. Its eternal look and peerless "vibe" is obviously one that could have only come from Fender. I have spent hours playing a variety of different guitars in a local guitar center near my house, and it can match some of their most impressive models. For this price, this strat delivers quality and great price efficiency. I recommend it both for people starting out with electric guitars and also for the veterans out there.

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        5.0

        Classy Classic Vibe

        By Marshall Toy

        from KY

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

        This is a great machine for an blue-collar player. I am constantly tweaking with my boxes and this is a great format with which to tweak. The neck is nice for a bigger-handed guy like me. Great tones out of the pickups, especially the neck and neck/middle. If you need something well-built that you can carry anywhere, this is it. I have yet to have a sour experience with any of the Classic Vibe series.

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        5.0

        Best value in the price range

        By Joe

        from San Diego

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

        This guitar is without a doubt the best value in it's price range. I will also go a step further and say that it's better than a MIM Fender Strat. I have played both of them side by side and the CV 50's Squier blows the (present model) MIM Fender Strat away. I had never been a fan of Strats, I cut my teeth on Deans, Schecters, and B.C.'s, but as I have gotten older, my taste in music has changed. I never once would have even considered a Squier had that sales guy not come over with a CV when I was test driving the MIM fenders. Now I have two...

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