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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 43 reviews)

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67%

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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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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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5.0

what I expected.

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from Wilmington DE

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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.

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    5.0

    Mind Blown!!!

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    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.

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      1.0

      needed help

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      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.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

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

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          from Dallas

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          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.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Astonished!

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          from Alabama

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          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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          5.0

          Amazing guitar!

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          from Encinitas California

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

          I've read all the positive reviews on the Classic Vibe Tele. My local Guitarcenter store didn't have one for me to play. And, I couldn't find a good deal on a used one for the past 3 months. So, I decided to take a chance and buy one new. I am very impressed with this guitar. The fit and finish are top notch. The neck is smooth, the frets are great. Out of the box the setup was pretty darn close to perfect. I adjusted the action slightly and the intonation slightly, but nothing else. It plays amazing. I have small hands. The neck is a great size for me. I can wrap my thumb all the over to the "B" sting for muting chords. I'm surprised that Fender can sell this guitar so cheap and I'm very happy with it. BTW, I own an American Standard Tele and actually prefer playing the Classic Vibe.

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          5.0

          Amazing guitar!

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          from Encinitas California

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

          I've read all the positive reviews on the Classic Vibe Tele. My local Guitarcenter store didn't have one for me to play. And, I couldn't find a good deal on a used one for the past 3 months. So, I decided to take a chance and buy one new. I am very impressed with this guitar. The fit and finish are top notch. The neck is smooth, the frets are great. Out of the box the setup was pretty darn close to perfect. I adjusted the action slightly and the intonation slightly, but nothing else. It plays amazing. I have small hands. The neck is a great size for me. I can wrap my thumb all the over to the ""B"" sting for muting chords. I'm surprised that Fender can sell this guitar so cheap and I'm very happy with it. BTW, I own an American Standard Tele and actually prefer playing the Classic Vibe.

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          5.0

          Son's Favorite Guitar

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          from Hopkins Minnesota

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

          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 !!!

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          5.0

          Great Guitar And Even Better Hot Rodded

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          from Browning IL

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

          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.

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          5.0

          Great Telecaster

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          from Philadelphia, PA

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

          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.

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