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Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar  3-Color Sunburst 

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The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s is a rough-and-tumble electric guitar ready for almost any musical situation. With an alder body; rosewood ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Renowned sound and feel with modern refinements.

The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s is a rough-and-tumble electric guitar ready for almost any musical situation. With an alder body; rosewood fingerboard; 21-fret, vintage-tint gloss maple neck, this Strat definitely has that '60s vibe but with the modern playability of a 9-1/2" neck radius and medium-jumbo frets. This Squier Strat's tone is thick with a custom set of Alnico V single-coil pickups-a quick attack with a bit more midrange oomph and a bridge pickup that packs a knockout punch! Custom stagger 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 with distinctive feature set combinations-all adding up to one classic looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value-Classic Vibe!

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 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: 3-ply Tortoise shell
  • Neck pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Middle pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • 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 '60s Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great

I've been playing guitar for 23 years, and I've always been a Fender fan. I've tried some Squiers before but never was satisfied. Now, on the other hand, I love the new...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar for 23 years, and I've always been a Fender fan. I've tried some Squiers before but never was satisfied. Now, on the other hand, I love the new Squiers, especially this Classic Vibe 60's Strat. I've had MIM and American Strats that required a lot of work to set up, adjust, etc. Not the case with this Strat. The finish is awesome, the tone is deep and throaty, the playability is outstanding. I'm a Blues fanatic, and this Strat handles the sound with aplomb. I never use the tremolo system. When I get Strats, I always have the bridge locked down, so going out of tune is never an issue with me. By the way, all Strats will detune when using the Tremolo. I get perfect Texas Blues tones from it. With tweaking the amp, I can also get very nice Neo-classical tones that sing and scream. I'm tired of other professional guitarists saying that Squiers aren't good. I use the Mustang line of amps, and the pairing of the Classic 60's Squier and the Mustang amp is wonderful. Doesn't being a professional guitarist mean that one can use any guitar and make it sing? Just a thought. Always remember, though: what matters is ones' personal taste.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent design, poor quality

As with many cheaper guitars, this is a mixed deal.

The good: the appearance is great, sound from of all pickups is excellent, the neck is very comfortable. The...Read complete review

As with many cheaper guitars, this is a mixed deal.

The good: the appearance is great, sound from of all pickups is excellent, the neck is very comfortable. The action was set up out of the box fairly well. Pretty much, it might be an ideal guitar if it was not for the quality issues below.

The bad: quality control is non-existent. I noticed 3 problems immediately:
- 5-way pickup switch was noisy and made cracking sound when switching and just touching it;
- tuner on the 2nd (B) string was defective - you would make a half turn to no effect and then the tone would jump dramatically. This makes fine tuning very hard;
- the nut had signs of an attempted repair: the slot for high E string was filled with white putty and a new slot was cut next to it. As the result, the spacing between 1st (E) and 2nd (B) string was much wider than for the other strings.

I had to send this guitar back and considering that I had not one random problem, but three, I doubt other guitars will be without a blemish.

Side note. Prior to this guitar I tried Squier Standard Strat and also had quality concerns with it.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice guitar for the price, very satisfied

By Mick

from Rhode island

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 Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

    Thank you

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just buy it

    By Jetfamily

    from Richmond BC Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

      Excellent guitar, one word, just but it, I'm going to sell my 57 strat.

       
      4.0

      Classic Vibe Stratocaster has classic good looks

      By Jimi

      from Central Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

        Absolutely beautiful guitar. Matching headstock too. Burgundy mist is one of the coolest colors on most any guitar but the Strat is the prettiest. Very light, weighs in at about 6 pounds. I love that.
        A little "static" crackle from the 5 way switch so I'm thinking about an upgrade to USA made pots and switch. Other than that it would easily be 5 stars.
        How does it sound ? Sounds like a guitar.
        If Slash played it it would sound like Slash, if Van Halen played it it would sound like Eddie. It is fine playing and sounding. Great guitar for the beginner or intermediate player.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar

        By Ron

        from Kansas City, MO.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

          I'm 65 years old. I've been around long enough to know guitars, especially my guitars.
          I was jamming at night several times a week with Keith Knudsen when I was 16 inside a Cadillac dealership in our hometown or Princeton, IL. I should have gone with the Doobie Brothers like Keith did.

          Classic Vibe guitars are, for the most part, Fender guitars with different logos on the headstock.
          At one time or another, I've owned many of what Fender USA has.

          The Classic Vibe guitars are awesome guitars, whether you are a beginner or play professionally.
          A long time ago I grew up and realized there are only a small handful of manufacturers of guitar, regardless of the logo on the headstock.
          The single biggest difference is you will save 1K+ when buying a Classic Vibe vs the Fender logos.

          Sure, you might want to change the pots or pickups, but I've done that even to USA Fenders, so it's no big difference.

          I totally and wholeheartedly recommend the Classic Vibe line of Squier guitars. I own this Strat and I own the CV Tele Thinline and would not part with either. Ever.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Value

          By El Capitan

          from Usa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

            Good value for your money. Cool vibe.

            So so pick ups.

             
            5.0

            Would buy again

            By Billy C

            from Michigan

            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 Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

                Really like this Strat and I have about 10 other strats and teles. Setup was really good and the neck is super smooth. No problems with fit or finish and the burgundy mist color is cool. I didn't look at the pots and switch but they have a quality feel. The neck is similar to a newer American standard in thickness front to back, but the classic vibe is not as wide at the nut as it's the more traditional 1.65", which I like better. I really like the neck shape, but if someone was looking for a fuller shape they might want to try a fender standard strat. The pickups sound good, but have less sparkle on the top end compared to 57/62's. I would highly recommend this guitar to parents looking for a quality first electric for kids of any age. I'm over 50 been playing a long time and am already planning on buying another classic vibe, maybe the fiesta red 60's signature model.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Excellent design, poor quality

                By Alex

                from Union City, CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Cheap electronics and hardware
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

                As with many cheaper guitars, this is a mixed deal.

                The good: the appearance is great, sound from of all pickups is excellent, the neck is very comfortable. The action was set up out of the box fairly well. Pretty much, it might be an ideal guitar if it was not for the quality issues below.

                The bad: quality control is non-existent. I noticed 3 problems immediately:
                - 5-way pickup switch was noisy and made cracking sound when switching and just touching it;
                - tuner on the 2nd (B) string was defective - you would make a half turn to no effect and then the tone would jump dramatically. This makes fine tuning very hard;
                - the nut had signs of an attempted repair: the slot for high E string was filled with white putty and a new slot was cut next to it. As the result, the spacing between 1st (E) and 2nd (B) string was much wider than for the other strings.

                I had to send this guitar back and considering that I had not one random problem, but three, I doubt other guitars will be without a blemish.

                Side note. Prior to this guitar I tried Squier Standard Strat and also had quality concerns with it.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy 10 more of these guitars.

                By Hoss Cartwheel

                from Waynesfield, Ohio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar (mine is the brown burst bought new from MF in early 2009) has been great for me!!
                  Been performing for 30 plus years so I know quality...I see comments saying that they recommend not using a string gauge higher than 9-42....I used to tune a half step down and use 11-50s on mine..no issues.
                  Now I tune at 440mhz and I use 10-46..still no issues..it's a work horse guitar and I also have the CV 60's Tele....great guitar also..

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sounds just as good as a more expensive strat awesome guitar

                  By easy e

                  from Augusta,Ga

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

                    best strat I've ever played.

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome guitar for the money/Feels more expensive than it is

                    By Laredo

                    from Upstate, NY

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                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Feels more expensive than some higher end models
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Not a lot of negatives here.....

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar:

                    Excellent guitar for the money......I originally purchased the Burgundy Mist 60s Stratocaster and liked it so much I also got the Classic Vibe 50s version. Since then I have picked up a second Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster. I always heard nice things about these Squier guitars, but never really gave them a chance. I usually play my American Standard or Deluxe Stratocasters, and kind of looked down on these as cheaper copies. I recently purchased a Limited Edition American Vintage '65 Stratocaster in Burgundy Mist, but the Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster is more fun to play! I do prefer the sound of the 60s Classic Vibe over the 50s one......Not that the 50s is a bad choice, but it has the Alnico III Pickups, which are not as punchy as the Alnico V Pickups in the 60s version. These Squier Classic Vibes have an excellent fit and finish, unlike some other brands that offer cheaper alternatives. They are lightweight and balanced with a very solid feel. No cheap copy/imitation here! They have quickly become a favorite go to guitar for all genres of music.

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