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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... Read More

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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 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

nice guitar

i have had this guitar for one year now and am pleased with it's preformence. this guitar is extremely durable and can take a lot of damage. the strings stay in tune most of...Read complete review

i have had this guitar for one year now and am pleased with it's preformence. this guitar is extremely durable and can take a lot of damage. the strings stay in tune most of the time unless u leave in the heat for a while like most guitars. while this is not the best guitar ive ever play it is certaintly my favorite. for such a low price it has a very nice classic look and is an all around good guitar. it has a few kinks like the knobs are a little delicate and while its not an american fender it plays like one. i would give this guitar a 4.7 out of 5

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You Get What You Pay For

Honestly, owning this guitar for about a year, it is a decent axe. However, being a Squier, things are still pretty cheap about it...neck construction, wiring, input jack constantly...Read complete review

Honestly, owning this guitar for about a year, it is a decent axe. However, being a Squier, things are still pretty cheap about it...neck construction, wiring, input jack constantly coming loose,pickups, cheaper tuning keys, etc... You CAN get a range of tones out of this guitar, it's just not built to last like an actual Fender. To me, this is a nice bedroom/practice/backup guitar. If you are a gigging musician and are really concerned with tone, quality, hold up on the road, and feedback/fuzz noise resistance, I would NOT play with this thing live nor trust it to hold up on a tour. It's just made too cheap

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(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.

    (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....

      (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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Wonderful

          By Diacon

          from Pittsboro, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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:

              Wow!! What a great guitar. I'm an intermediate player, but hands down without a doubt, I can say that this is a great guitar. I don't care if its made in china, it feels and plays as good, if not better, than its American counterparts. The only thing I can complain about was the input jack. I replaced it with one from Stewmac much better. I also carbon fiber wrapped the pick-guard, and this is one of my favorite guitars. I cant put it down. If you are even thinking about buying this guitar don't hesitate, you wont regret it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              what I expected.

              By KickstndDan

              from Wilmington DE

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                Plays good out of the box. Needs a little fine tuning as far as the action. But plays and sounds like a telecaster should. Over all I love it. Very good value.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Mind Blown!!!

                By Gibby Garcia

                from Salinas, CA

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

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

                  Wow! Right out of the box, those awesome tones coming from a Squier! All of those positive reviews online are true, this guitar has some really nice tones and a great feel. Digging it so much that I've given my Gibson Les Paul Standard and Stratocaster a break while I jam on this little gem. I'm using it for Blues and she sounds great. Don't miss the opportunity to get one before they realize that the price should be higher.

                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  needed help

                  By guitar brat

                  from carlisle pa

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Maybe To Modify

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

                      own several strats and wanted a tele. bought it off the wall. looked nice. after getting it home discovered the volume knob too tight and frets not dressed. tone ok. returned it. associate said they never check the guitars. just out of the box and onto the wall. that is sad.

                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Don't be discourage by the Squier brand you will be amazed!

                      By Jairo

                      from Dallas

                      Site Member

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

                      Using some gift cards that I got from my birthday and taking advantage of one of those 15% discounts that come from time to time at guitar Center I decided to give this ax a chance due to the favorable reviews and the fact that I always liked the Tele's shape. I went for the butter scotch blond because I always have a thing for Blonds...... Anyway, this is the most iconic 50's Tele body made with pine (with lot's of layers of paint though). I prefer also maple than rosewood necks so this one fits the bill for my taste. Just out of the box I was amazed by the craftsmanship and how well manufactured this guitar is, that was my first impression it is just a beautiful thing. Neck very well balanced and smooth as butter, Dense, hard, and strong, fast playing, very bright sounding with great sustain. Action from factory a little bit high for my taste but easily adjustable. For the money spent most likely the best guitar for your buck. You will have to know that this guitar comes from factory already wired and ready in the case you want to change the pick ups, one of the reasons I bought this guitar. Don't get me wrong factory sound is more than acceptable (see the video in the reviews of this guitar). If you play jazz, country, rock & roll, blues and use the guitar as a rhythmic guitar or with no distortion this one is almost perfect. Not heavy at all for those old achy backs like mine, comfortable feel, capable tuners, brass hardware, simply beautiful. With that said when you add some distortion or a pedal for increased volume (specially using the bridge pick up lower selector) you get some of that static noise that often show up with plastic pick guards a very well documented problem that had plagued earlier Teles models. http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Fighting_Feedback_in_a_Telecaster http://forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=80759 When I bought this guitar I did it with the idea of changing the pick ups and pick guard so that was not a deal breaker for me. I will change the neck pick up for a SM1-N Seymour Duncan vintage mini humbucker for a more heavier bulky sound (not a big fan of the lipstick original neck pick up) and a fender single noiseless N3 bridge pick up. I will have to change the pick guard not a big deal either. I will do this in time so I won;t break the bank. I know it is a little bit more money but it is completely worth it. A guitar with these characteristics cost around $1.800 - $2.000. I will spend around $200 more for a great custom made ax. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Limited-Edition-American-Standard-HH-Rosewood-Fingerboard-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar-111021036-i4160669.gc Like I said if you want to play the guitar clean this is perfect. It will make an excellent rhythm guitar and a very capable ax good for some solos Santana type style but better suited for Country, blues, rock & roll, bossa nova, jazz, etc not as good for Metal or when heavy distortion is involved. Highly recommended, beautifully crafted and the best buck for your money. Like I said don't be discourage by the Squier brand this feels/sounds like any American Fender and with a little tweaking you will have a great custom made guitar.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Astonished!

                      By William

                      from Alabama

                      Site Member

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

                      Getting this guitar at this price I was expecting it to be easily breakable for a Telecaster, also with a stingy sound. When I played it, it went above and beyond expectation. The sound really rings out louder and sounds much cleaner than what I would have expected for this Squier Telecaster. The only thing I have noticed wrong with it was that the nut holding in the input jack was quiet loose when bought but surely it's easily fixed. Following this, I would recommend buying new strings when first bought, and to constantly tighten the screws. In the end, it sounds great!

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