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Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s Electric Guitar Burgundy Mist w/Matching Headstock 

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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 61 reviews)

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    (54)

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    (5)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    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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    Some problems I've noticed

    I originally gave this a very positive rating, but as I've spent more time playing it, I've noticed the side markers are extremely small and difficult to see. I also had to adjust...Read complete review

    I originally gave this a very positive rating, but as I've spent more time playing it, I've noticed the side markers are extremely small and difficult to see. I also had to adjust the truss rod. This was very difficult and scary as it was so tight, impossible with the allen wrench provided. I have adjusted the truss rods on many other guitars, including US Strats, without any issue, as this is normally necessary from time to time. When I was reviewing the warranty I also noticed the following: The Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller is designed for use only with strings of .009 to .042 gauge. Heavier gauge strings may cause damage to the instrument. This warranty is void if strings of a heavier gauge than .009 to .042 are installed.

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    5.0

    top notch guitar at an affordable price

    By countryboy939

    from Shelby, nc

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

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

      The quality of workmanship on the fit, finish, and set-up on this guitar can't be beat. Straight out of the box the intonation and sound of the guitar were excellent. The guitar looks as good as a much more expensive instrument, and the neck is so easy on the hands when you play.

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

      By fozobz

      from Lostine, OR.

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        It is sooooooooooooo AWESOME.(what else is there to be said?)

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pickups As Good as FCS Texas Specials

        By LJSMN

        from St Paul, Minnesota

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None This Guitar Rocks

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        I have been playing an Affinity Strat with the pickups upgraded to Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials. It sounded pretty good, but the neck on the guitar leaves a lot to be desired. So I decided to buy a Classic Vibe 60s Strat for the body and neck and drop my Texas Specials in it.

        When I got the CV, it did not sound as good as my Affinity with Texas Specials. I did not expect it to. After finding that the pickups in the CV were dime size, while the Texas Specials were quarter size, I decided to make the pickup switch. So I put the CV pickups in the Affinity and was surprised by the results. My Affinity sounded even better than it did with the Texas Specials! The CV pickups were much better than I expected.

        Then I put the Texas Specials in the Classic Vibe and restrung with my usual strings: Nickel Rockers Eric Johnson lights. These are great strings with a .010" high E and a .050" low E. When I was finished the Classic Vibe sounded very good as well. So it was the strings that were the original problem with the Classic Vibe. Not the pickups.

        After completing the job I wondered if I had made a mistake in switching the pickups. It took a lot of analysis as comparing the pickups with the same strings showed me that the two guitars sounded almost identical. An untrained ear would not hear the difference in the pickups. But if you listen carefully, the Classic Vibe pickups have a hint more treble. And the Texas
        Specials sound a hint more full. But for the most part, they sound the same, so I decided to leave the pickups where they were mainly because I like the idea of having USA electronics in my CV. But to be honest, I think I prefer the Classic Vibe pickups to the FCS Texas Specials, because you can roll off that extra treble if you want with a notch on the tone control.

        Bottom line, is that the Classic Vibe is a great Strat with pickups that rival or even beat Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials. Fender delivers incredible value with their Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified guitars with quality that rivals guitars that cost 2 to 4 times as much. Thanks Fender.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Superb Quality

        By Drew

        from Pennsylvania

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Volume Knob Location

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        @ExperiancedPlayer's review says gauges thicker than .009 will damage and void the warranty. This is true for the "strat & controller" guitar "toy' used with Rock Band. It's not true for this CV series or any other standard guitars. You can read more on Fender's support page, where they make no mention of the warranty applied to string gauge on standard models.

        The guitar's quality is surprising. The fret edges are smooth, action is tolerable, and tone is crisp and clean.

        The strings that come with the guitar lend a nice clear and crisp tone. I put some DiMarzio Nickel 009s and lost all of clarity and ended up with a muffled clarity, reminiscent of cheaper guitars. I'd stick with their installed strings, the Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges) unless you have some other brand that you trust.

        I'm getting used to not having as much gain as my humbucker guitars, but I'm not getting used to the excessive hum and noise the pickups give off when you're not playing. I don't think this is unusual for strats unless you get modified pickups that remove this interference. Once you play, the hum is not audible, so just dial back the volume knob when you're not playing.

        The volume knob is right by the strings and bridge. This is taking some getting used to but isn't a deal breaker for me.

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        (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Some problems I've noticed

        By ExperiancedPlayer

        from Boston MA

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Truss Rod Adjustment
          • Side Fret Markers
          • Small Side Fret Markers

          Best Uses

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

            I originally gave this a very positive rating, but as I've spent more time playing it, I've noticed the side markers are extremely small and difficult to see. I also had to adjust the truss rod. This was very difficult and scary as it was so tight, impossible with the allen wrench provided. I have adjusted the truss rods on many other guitars, including US Strats, without any issue, as this is normally necessary from time to time. When I was reviewing the warranty I also noticed the following: The Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller is designed for use only with strings of .009 to .042 gauge. Heavier gauge strings may cause damage to the instrument. This warranty is void if strings of a heavier gauge than .009 to .042 are installed.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Quality Guitar

            By 70GS350

            from Oregon City

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • I Don't Own 20 Of Them

            Best Uses

            • C
            • Cw Blues Rock Anything
            • Jamming
            • Large Venues
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

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

            Let me just start by saying I have been playing for 45 years and put together guitars. I can't believe that these aren't flying off the shelfs of the music stores. The sound and quality is just fantastic. I own 2 50's Classic Vibes and 2 60's Classic Vibes, 1 Jazzmaster and 1 Jaguar. These are going to be a Classic their name says it all.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great playing and great looking guitar

            By nwtomblin

            from Bristol, TN

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Built with the quality of guitars costing triple the price! Unlike newer strats with a satin finish on the neck, it has a high gloss finish that is really comfortable and beautiful to look at.

                  Comment on this review

                  (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Blues Freak

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing out of the box Strat

                    By Russell Whiting

                    from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

                    Before buying this guitar, I played about ten strats, most of which cost more than a $1000. I played in a studio, at music stores and in a friend's home studio to get the sound of a good strat in my head and the feel of one in my hands. That way, I could send this one back promptly if it disappointed. But it didn't. I received it at five in the afternoon, tuned it, played a while, then went to band practice where every member raved about it's sound. No effects, just a Fender twin behind it. Not only did it sound good, but it was easier to play than most of the guitars I had tried. I did a double-back test and let a friend with two $2,000 strats play it and he couldn't stop. The fit and finish is beautiful. It stays in tune even after severe bends and wailing solos and does a good job on rhythm backup. It's my first strat after playing a hollowbody jazz guitar and many acoustic/electric setups for years. Now I can never go back. You're crazy not to try one of these. I hope you're as lucky.

                    Comment on this review

                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    CV strat 60's

                    By Ted Natorski

                    from Detroit

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

                    Would definitely buy this strat again. Finish and details are top shelf.
                    Standard strat configuration and controls
                    One tone pot wasn't working until the knob was rotated a couple of times - other than that, the quality level of this guitar is awesome. Certainly seems more like an American strat than any previous Squiers I've owned.
                    Excellent value especially if you can catch one on sale.

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