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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar  

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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 resonat... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
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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SquierClassic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 190 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (159)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (50)
  • Fun to play (49)
  • Good feel (46)
  • Good pick up (38)
  • Solid electronics (35)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (35)
  • Practicing (34)
  • Recording (24)
  • Small venues (21)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Professional musician (11), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Amazing! Tele Lovers Rejoice

This guitar is quite simply, amazing. The pine body resonates in a different, but IMHO, superior way to some other body materials. The pickups are just fine and I'm in no hurry...Read complete review

This guitar is quite simply, amazing. The pine body resonates in a different, but IMHO, superior way to some other body materials. The pickups are just fine and I'm in no hurry to replace them. This model (Vintage Blonde) has the Alnico III pups, and while a little more subtle and quiet than the Alnico Vs in the Butterscotch model, they are quite good for a guitar at this price level. The guitar came set up quite well, and I won't have to run to a technician to get it perfect. I love the whitewashed finish, the thick, almost bakelite pickguard, and my favorite part, the lacquered neck is just a dream to play. I will likely replace the stock brass saddles with graph-tech stringsavers as I did for my 2011 model, and that improves sustain and tone immediately and immensely, again IMHO. I can't believe these guitars are still available at this price, and they're so good, Fender even slapped their name on a very similar (almost identical) guitar from the Chinese factory, added a Strat middle pickup, and called it the Modern Player, raising the price by just a little. Still a steal as well, but I'm sticking with tradition on this! I cannot praise this guitar highly enough, and all Telecaster lovers should own one. It's better than most every Mexican Fender Telecaster I've played, and even beats some of the American models!
The Squier Classic Vibe 50s Tele is a work of art considering the price. I owned a 2011 model that I was forced to sell, and I've been kicking myself ever since. This one (2014 Vintage Blonde) is very close to the same quality, and is currently my No. 1 electric (out of 6). It's a bit better than my Mexican Fender Telecaster, and I have one of the better ones of those.
The only complaint I have about this guitar (and it's not this particular guitar) model is that there are inconsistencies from one guitar to the next, however, most seem very good, with a few bad ones here and there. Also, the guitar's weight seems to be inconsistent from unit to unit, it obviously has something to do with the pine used. I originally ordered the Butterscotch model, but the one I received was inferior (too heavy, and obviously glued together from multiple pieces of pine for the body, while the replacement seems to be one solid piece), so I returned it for the Vintage Blonde model and was rewarded with a definite keeper! One more issue I had, and this has naught to do with the guitar, but with Musician's Friend. When I called to return the first unsatisfactory unit and replace it with this one, MF told me it would be extra money! I wanted the guitar very badly, so I paid it, but came close to refusal. Why on earth should I pay more for a replacement that is the same model guitar. They made an excuse that it was different because of the finish, and that I had ordered the first on a discount before Christmas, but on the site, the two finishes are placed under the same listing, with a pic of the Butterscotch on the main page. Also, why should a return/replacement cost more than the initial purchase, especially since the first was unsatisfactory in quality (had nothing to do with looks, as I love the look of the B-scotch just as much and have owned one previously). Again, while the price was still OK, I've bought equipment from MF before, and I'm still upset about the upcharge, and I feel MF should refund that money, especially since I went ahead and purchased the 3-year repair/replacement plan, even though I'll likely never use it, unless there's accidental damage like a car accident or something. I believe the cost of the plan even increased because this placed the guitar in a higher price bracket, but I'm not 100% sure in that regard. I'll update this review once I've figured that out.
Please don't let that last bit dissuade you from buying this wonderful guitar, though, even if it takes a few tries to find the "one" for you!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds great but.....

Let me start by saying I am neither a professional guitar player nor a brand snob. Now on to my opinion and experience with this guitar. I purchased the Classic Vibe Vintage Blonde with...Read complete review

Let me start by saying I am neither a professional guitar player nor a brand snob. Now on to my opinion and experience with this guitar. I purchased the Classic Vibe Vintage Blonde with high expectations based on reviews from others. The sound and playability didn't disappoint me at all. The guitar has a great feel and isn't too light or heavy but just right like baby bears porridge. The neck feels great to me, it has a great tone and is flexible enough to play anything from country, Christian, rockabilly to classic rock.

The only negative thing about the one I purchased was the strap button screw stripped out the first time I tried to remove the strap. Was it just a flaw in the guitar I purchased or is the wood too soft? While this was an awesome looking and sounding guitar Squier may need to address this issue as it seems others have ran into the same problem. I have read other say this happened to them and it is due to the pine body being softer wood. Based solely on the tone and way it plays I would recommend but with the caveat that you could have issues with the strap button.

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3.0

MF won't allow me my few words.

By Freddy Paine

from California

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

Oh, now I can. Heavy but I can deal with it. MU should see about set up if they.ll compete with your local store.

 
5.0

Beyond Expectations

By Neeraj Ahluwalia

from Toronto, Canada

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    This guitar plays as well as many higher priced guitars. The finish, feel, and sound is comparable to a higher priced fender guitar. The finish is amazing. In the pictures on this website, it seems dull, but it is actually has a glossy shine. We got the butterscotch blonde version, and the wood grain is very nice. The neck finish is also very good, doesn't stick like some necks do. However, the input jack feels a little loose. May have to secure that in some way. Altogether, it was an absolute steal as we were able to get a good price on it because there was a 20% off sale on this website.

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Good but not a Real Fender

    By Naked Scorpion

    from Germany

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      For the cost of this guitar just save a little more and buy a standard fender or even better, buy a G & L which is owned buy Fender and made in Indonesia or China and are better quality newer technology in my opinion to the squire line but less expensive.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GET IT!

      By Doug

      from ATL, GA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to play
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Absolutely None!

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      The Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster is very easy on the hands and has an EXCELLENT tone. I have an HSH Stratocaster and an Epiphone. This BY FAR exceeds them all. If you are planning to buy an Affinity Tele, Don't. Save a few more bucks and get the Classic Vibe!

      I read all kinds of reviews before I bought it and they ain't lying. When these go out of production,and if you don't have one, you will miss out on a high quality instrument at a reasonable price (it's a steal).

      I love my Butterscotch baby. GET IT!

      Jam On

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Worth It

      By Bob

      from Ocean City MD

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

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

        Nice axe for the money. The pickups sound good but fall short of the Fender sound I want. Nice neck and feel and weight. well balanced. I prefer the 3 switch set up to the 5 switch but the Fender Modern player is only $100 more but sounds so much better.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A Good Squire but not a Knight

        By Tele the truth

        from slat Lake City

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        This is a good guitar has a really nice feel to it, but the detailed workmanship was not nearly as good as on my MIM tele. I would recommend saving a bit longer and buying the MIM tele new or used. I just find everything a bit better quality workmanship, sound, and material. Besides then you have a real fender and you do not have to be a snob to appreciate the difference and the higher resale value.

         
        5.0

        favorite guitar

        By Tele tickler

        from beyond the trees

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Ever since I got this vintage blonde tele about 3 weeks ago, I haven't played any of my other guitars. It didn't much care for my Fender Concert Reverb amp, but when I plugged it into my Bugera 6262 it was magic !!! With just guitar and amp, I can get almost any tone I want (blues, classic rock mostly). Must be something about that combination of pickups and amp topology. Mechanically, the guitar is very good. After the strings stretched out and I lubed the nut and bridge saddles, it has stayed in tune quite well. No problem with 2 strings per saddle (can always get compensated saddles).

            Ordered on a Monday night, was at the UPS store by Thursday noon.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            awsome

            By Bentheman

            from La Honda , CA.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              Best guitar for the buck...Sounds awesome.....My first tele. I own many guitars , Jackson,charvel,gibson,fender ;this guitar is awesome , my favorite out of all the guitars I own....

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar, Great Price!

              By Fathernature59

              from Northern California

              About Me Experienced

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

              After reading the reviews on this Squier guitar, I went ahead and bought one. The reviews were correct in saying the playability, fit and finish, and tone of this ax is well worth the cheap price tag. I also own a 2011 Fender American Standard Telecaster, and you can tell the difference in the quality of the build between the two guitars. The American has a bit more of a detailed finish and better quality wood. This makes sense as the American Standard costs almost 3 times as much. But the thing is, I find myself playing the Squier, and keeping the Fender in the case.

              On a Tele type guitar, I prefer a more vintage sounding instrument, and the Squier has this down easily, properly set up. The Fender American sounds good, but the Squier sounds GREAT, especially through my properly biased (important with these amps) Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue. The Alnico 5 pickups on the Butterscotch CV Tele are not the thin and lifeless sounding ceramic magnet type seen on your typical Squier Affinity and Bullet models. They are made by Tonerider pickups out of England, and are a BIG difference in the sound quality of this instrument compared to its cheaper counterparts.

              The butterscotch body along with the tinted neck looks awesome, especially in the sunlight. The body appears to be one piece of pine wood, and the guitar weighs in at a chunky 9 lbs even. This weight along with the very resonate pine body gives this guitar a lot of "bloom" when it is played, especially with a good overdrive. The Alnico 5 pickups don't disappoint when driven heavily, and sing like a Canary with that wonderful bloom. The neck is straight and has no fret buzz whatsoever, and the frets are dressed and polished like an instrument costing many times more.

              Bottom line: If you are looking for a Telecaster type guitar and don't want to buy a $1200+ American made example, then this is your best bet. If you are a headstock snob and would NEVER be seen playing a Squier guitar in public, try one out anyhow.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Levi

              from Columbus, Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I have an SG, and I needed a tele to get those classic worship and contemporary tones. I wanted a guitar that could cover everything from classic rock (old Clapton) to light rock (U2) to jazz. This guitar does it all. I have a Jet City JCA2112RC with two tubescreamers, distortion pedal, chorus, delay, and volume. This guitar does everything except metal, but I have my SG for that.

                  If I could, I would give this guitar 4.5 stars. I got it used. The previous owner had the guitar for 2 months and then sold it at a local music store. I am not sure how it was setup out of the box, but it plays very well. There are a few intonation issues, but I will probably buy a set of compensated saddles at some point to help with this (classic tele issue).

                  The primary reason I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 is that the nut and frets could have used a little more work. The nut and fret job are not bad by any means, but they just look a little rough in places (I am being very picky here, the guitar feels good). A file could clean it up nicely. Everything else is great. It plays amazingly well!

                  The sound is amazing out of this guitar. I have played everything from blues, jazz, classic rock, and worship music with it. It covers all the styles that I need, and it just sound amazing. The bridge pickup is very clear and "twangy". A lot of people complain about the neck pickups on teles, but I like them for jazz. When you combine the bridge and neck pickups, the guitar sounds great for rhythm tones.

                  A lot of people complain about the "soft" pine body. The pine has a coat of polyurethane over the top of it. It is fine. The finish feels solid to me.

                  I have played several telecasters (Am. Std, Custom Shop, etc.). This is a solid tele. The guitar is cheap enough where you can buy a setup and a nice set of Fralins or whatever tele pickup suits your fancy and come out with a nice guitar that is $600 cheaper than an American Standard.

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