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
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.
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.
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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
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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What can I say. This is the only thing my son wanted for Christmas 2014. The reviews, Internet wide, are amazing for this guitar. 5 Stars in 99% of the reviews I read. (Videos on YouTube will show you what this Guitar is capable of.) Needless to say Guitar Center is the best. Ordered and paid for it online. Had it shipped to my local store (Edina Minnesota) and picked it up there. Opened it up in the store so the Guitar Center Repair Tech could check it out. He made some minor adjustments of the Truss Rod and declared the Guitar was perfect. I gave the Guitar to my Son as an early Christmas Present. It is his favorite present of all time and he is 34 years old. I am an acoustic guitar player. Had my own Band for a number of years. Without doubt I would order one of these for myself if I played Electric Guitar. Action is Butter Smooth and the sound is amazing. Buy one! Don't look back! You will never regret it !!!
I did a review on this guitar without having it for very long. It developed a short in the bridge pickup or switch to the bridge pup and would cut in and out. I loved the fit and finish so well and the feel of the neck that I just couldn't turn loose of it. For the resonable price that it was I figured what the heck - I will hot rod it. I put a stamped steel Fender vintage bridge on it with a SD STK-T2 bridge pickup, changed out the pots for genuine 250K CTS pots, installed an am. std. 3-way Fender switch and an am. std. bwb pickguard and WOW! I thought it was a great guitar before but now it is THE BOMB! Yes it is a pine body which is softer would so you have to be careful with it. I now have a Classic Vibe Tele that plays just as good if not better than an Am. Std. Tele for way less money. BTW - I gave it a complete setup with James Burton Tele Specs. and man this thing almost plays itself.
Great guitar. Sounds great, looks great, plays great, stays in tune well. A bit heavy and bulky. A VERY worthwhile buy. Sounds every bit as good as my Deluxe Tele and better than my Deluxe Strat. Can't speak highly enough about this guitar.
I just received my Classic Vibe 50s Tele today and here are my first impressions. First thing, I ordered my Vintage Blonde Tele without ever actually seeing one or playing one ever. After seeing all the videos and reading all the reviews, I figured it was as "can't miss" as you can get. I noticed the prices rising as well, so I decided to act when I saw a "blemished" model for sale on the GC website. I was just a little concerned as to what the "blemish" would be, but had to believe Guitar Center has a reputation to uphold and wouldn't sell a "damaged" as a "blemished". That is exactly the case! The blemish is a small crack/ding in the finish on the front of the guitar, down by the cable jack, where it looked like it smacked something. I found some very old and worn brass knobs in an old guitar case (that match the BRASS saddles), stuck them on and Presto!! Instant "road worn/Relic" looks! lol! People pay big money to have someone "relic" their guitars, why not save $50 bucks to have it already done? lol. Now I won't feel bad when I put some dings in it. Right out of the box, the first thing I noticed was the finish. WOW!!! The picture on the GC/Fender website do it no justice at all!! I wanted the Butterscotch Blonde only because the pictures made the Vintage Blonde look white. It is a thin,Vintage looking off-white that you actually see the wood grain through. A true classic finish. I am very happy and pleased with the look and color. It is not ugly gloss white! lol! A perfect Tele color. The finish on the neck is wonderful, too!! It is a dark, antique looking maple. Again, all the stock pics make the neck look like it is a fresh cut 2X4. It is antique-like tinted and very nice looking. Perfect! The gloss is amazing and not "sticky", but really smooth. A very high quality looking and feeling neck, I had to double check to see if the headstock really read "Squire". I guess the stigma of "Squire" meaning "cheapo" goes way back to the 80's and it should soon be forgotten if my Tele is any indication of the company direction. Remember when Hyundais were the joke of the auto world? Yeah, something similar is going on at Squire. This guitar looks great as a conversation piece. It is classic art(an antique Fender logo over the Squire logo and nobody would ever know this wasn't an original 50s Tele). I am just a little disappointed in the neck to body fit. Mine has a small gap at one edge of the neck/body joint. I wouldn't have paid any attention to this before because of the brand and price range, but EVERYONE else that wrote or posted reviews about their Classic Vibe Teles RAVED about the fact their neck/body joint fit was PERFECT! I now notice those reviews were all from 2009-2010, so maybe the tooling is getting worn...maybe a 4 1/2 star rating would be given just for this fact, but intonation and alignment appear to be great going by my old eyes and ears. I have no amp to plug into yet, but the sustain and ring of the strings without amplification is beautiful. I'm sure that will translate well to sustain and ring once I plug in. If you are a beginner and want a shred guitar to play fast licks, THIS IS NOT IT! lol! The action and neck are more 50s than modern! It is a breath of fresh air to not have to deal with locking tremolos and nuts (have you seen the bridge saddles on these!)but it will take some time getting reacquainted with old school action. This neck shape is very comfortable for my small hands, though. Overall, a very cool Retro/Vintage looking guitar that is a super value. The finish on the body and neck are outstanding and really give the impression of quality from days past. If you are looking for a low priced, but quality "beater" to just mess around with and "can't have nice things because...", you can't go wrong with saving some bucks with a Guitar Center "blemished" from my experience. The Squire Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster, a true "can't miss" guitar purchase. Well done, Squire!
I got this guitar for Christmas and it is just great. It sounds great with a little distortion and gain and has just enough twang without it. The neck feels great, it is very playable, and a good price.
been searching for(and occasionally finding)my inner lead guitarist. have played many years but always acoustic 6 or bass. eventually found my way to Fender. always loved the tele, tone and look. so, bought a 50's CV from GC. hooked!! not only on tele's but on fender. and CV's absolutely rock for the $$. took my tele and put vintage blues p'ups on it. incredible. bought a CV 50's strat and put Fender tex mex p'ups on it. whoa! just got an awesome deal on another CV 50's tele and will throw some lone stars on that. i guess i like that SRV/tex sound. i also own a highway one tele and highway one strat. the look, playability and SOUND from my CV's will always ALWAYS make me smile. you can't go wrong. these are sweet guitars. i know the chinese build them, but fender told them how.
Not sure what to say outside of the fact that this is a high-quality, well-built, solid, and beautifully crafted instrument. Oh yeah, and the tonal qualities are out of this world too!! Plain and simple, a beautiful machine- I scooped up the classic looking Butterscotch Blonde model and was floored by it's beauty. Feels good in your hands, plays real easy and is one of the best guitars you will get for the price. The pickups are warm and expressive, and each individual note can be heard and enjoyed even with a fair amount of distortion/overdrive deployed. 3-way switch provides you with great tone combinations- add some chorus and you can get a nice Andy Summers sound on the middle setting, a clean sounding Metallica feel from the neck pickup, and some raunchy heavier sounding thunder from the bridge pickup when slid all the way to the right. I can't put this thing down!! Five stars: great price, great look, and most of all, great sound. Sensational!!!
I recently got back into playing after a long hiatus. I picked up an Epiphone Les Paul Custom about 6 months ago and now was looking for a different sound and boy did I find it. The playability and craftsmanship of this guitar is unbelieveable for the price. Pickups are a bit noisy but that seems to be the case of single coils over humbuckers. The butterscotch finish was perfect. I went to my local GC and tried an American Tele and honestly this felt as good if not better. Initially I was looking for a strat but fell in love with this one - go figure!
This is my 3rd Tele. And, my favorite. It's a dream to look at and is way better in person than the picture here. This picture doesn't do this justice at all. I have the Butterscotch finish. This guitar sounds every bit as good as any Fender Tele I have ever played. The sustain and tone are second to none. If you love that Tele sound, but don't want to fork over a large amount of cash, go with this axe. Heck, I think it's better than the MIM's. CV Squiers are the best value for the dollar. Hands down.
First off, I'm not really a fender person, i mostly play metal and sometimes some blues. BUT, i must say this guitar has proven to be quite the metal guitar. I've gotten some great djenty tones out of it and it plays great after you slap some 11's on it! It's a pretty good guitar to throw around. ( figuratively and literally since it holds up pretty well!) I play a peavey 6505 2x12 combo, LTD Alexi 600,82 Cort flying V, and im getting an agile soon. This is a great practice guitar and it holds its ground against my other guitars.