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  • Resonant pine body just like the early Equires
  • 1-Piece maple, modern "C" shape neck with maple fingerboard
  • Custom Telecaster pickups
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Classic vibe with modern refinements.

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

Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value. Order yours today.

 

Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar 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
 
4.9

(based on 115 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good tone (26)
  • Good feel (25)
  • Good pick up (21)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (16)
    • Practicing (16)
    • Recording (13)
    • Small venues (10)
    • Rock concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (22), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    review of Classic Vibe Telecaster - great gutar

    No it does not have a satin neck and is, compared to an original or custom shop, somewhat over finished, BUT it is a great guitar at a great price. Use it out...Read complete review

    No it does not have a satin neck and is, compared to an original or custom shop, somewhat over finished, BUT it is a great guitar at a great price. Use it out of the box or customize the way you would any of your other guitars. May want to add nocaster/52 reissue pickups (look at Lollar's) as this guitar is worthy of cutomzation.

    I have been playing guitars for over 40 years and amazed how you can get a guitar at a fraction of the real cost now compared to the 1950's that play and sound as well as this.

    The originals were conceived as cheap planks of wood to sell to the masses. This is much better than that.
    Standard Tele features with 2 Alnico 3 pickups ( note butterscotch has Alnico 5), modern radius neck, single tone/vol control, three way switch, brass saddles and vintage look tuners.

    It has a relatively thin neck compared to the original.

    This one had a three piece body, seen some with 2 piece body

    All you need
    Very well made. very playable when I got it , did not need additional setup. Good fretwork, all in all much better than one would expect for a guitar at this price. Remeber that the originals were built to a price.
    Is this a custom shop high dollar guitar? No, but is very very good. I have a 52 reissue. When I go out I take this guitar, at home this is the one that is out.

    Neck pocket well done, finish had no imperfections. The wood on neck was ok, I have seen neck wood vary from flame and birdseye to plain.

    While not high end tuners, the guitar stays in tune. With solid bridge locking tuners are not as necessary. Nut well done with no edges.

    The fact that they had different (now considered better) finishes such as lacquer was a result of the technology at the time. Lacquer is easy to spray and dries quickly with a deep gloss. The issue with the new finishes is that they tend to be too thick. If it is that important by a custom shop or big tex at 5 times the price.

    I doubt they could build one like this in 1950 with the available technology at this price.

    This is a well made guitar. I don't see people complaining about quality when talking about their IPADS are made in China


    For the price there is no way you regret this purchase. Do yourself a favor, close your eyes and have some one at the store hand you different tells to try with your favorite amp. Then pick the one you want. You will be surprised once your preconceived ideas of price vs playability/sound are taken away by being blindfolded. Then look at it and smile.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The White great The Butterscotch not

    The tone of these 2 guitars are night and day different.
    The White one is my favorite of any guitar tone with the
    Alnico 3 pickups. The butterscotch looks great but I'mRead complete review

    The tone of these 2 guitars are night and day different.
    The White one is my favorite of any guitar tone with the
    Alnico 3 pickups. The butterscotch looks great but I'm
    returning. Sounds more to me like 70's Strat

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    5.0

    Blown away

    By Mati

    from New York, NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      This is a pine body guitar and it resonates like crazy. I got the one with alnico III and it's more bluesy.
      The finish is not like a nitro finish so I know that this guitar would not age with the same quality like a good vintage instrument though for now, for it's price, it sounds like a custom shop guitar.

      It required a bit of setup coming out of the box cuz is didn't stay in tune that well, though after that it got perfect.

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      5.0

      Perfect!

      By Martin man 3000

      from Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      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:

          This guitar is every bit the quality of a USA standard. Hands down. I sold mine to a store and bought it back. So glad it was still there. I have 2013 American strat and this tele holds it own no problem.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Value of any Telecaster

          By Vectorman

          from Round Rock Tx

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          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:

              If you read the reviews up here you will see the most liked negative review which is from me. They wont let you amend the reviews up here. Suffice to say I've done a 180 on my take on the Butterscotch Blonde which I will get to in a moment. I've bought 4 of these and these are the only Telecasters I own. I've got 2 of each of the Butterscotch Blonde and 2 of the Vintage White Blonde. In the meantime I've bought a Baja Telecaster, Nashville Telecaster, American Special Telecaster. The American Special I outright should not have bought. I never could get the tone I liked. The Baja Tele was good tone but I got tired of that fat neck. The Nashville was good also but it was really heavy.
              I rated the Butterscotch Blonde one badly because the one I got must have weight 6 pounds and I think it affected the tone. The one's I have played and bought after that were excellent. The Alnico 5 which is in the Butterscotch Blonde. If you get a chance go up on Youtube and look for the guy that compares the ButterScotch Blonde to the 52 Re-Issue and then states he now takes the the CV out most times instead. One thing I will warn you about and that is variance in weight on these guitars. Also the finish and wood grain can be seamless on some and not so seamless on others. By seamless I mean you can't tell they are using 2 or 3 pieces of wood. So if you can view before buying by all means do so.The main difference between the 2 are the Alnico 5's are a little hotter. So if you love the REM sound which I do get the White Blonde because it has the Alnico 3's. I have a Rickenbacker 360 and I play through a Vox AC30C2 and that guitar is the closest to a Rickenbacker that I have heard. It's not totally there but it's very very close. But in the end I like both the Butterscotch Blonde and the White Blonde but the Butterscotch is amazing looking. These guitars are the real deal folks. Chinese know how to make them

              Lastly I did sell the Baja, American Special and the Nashville.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar especially for the price

              By Boss Dan

              from Greensburg Pa

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Feel And Finish
              • Has A Great Feela
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Couple Sharp Fret Edges

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Stays In Tune Great

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

              I honestly like my butterscotch classic vibe better than my 2012 American standard , (which I sold ) The only issue's I had were a couple of sharp edge frets on the treble side 3-6 frets , which I filed myself. The other thing that I am getting used to now is the weight ! It was a lot heavier than I expected. I really was influenced to buy it because of all the great reviews. I took a chance by not playing it before I bought it , but I am very happy .The fit and finish was as nice as could be . The last issue was the tone and volume pots were very tight , but tuner spray deoxit took care of that . I have small - med. hands , and I like the neck size MUCH better than my am.std Tele.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is the real deal telecaster!

              By Markerdown

              from Southern Nevada

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Around Excellent Tele
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                Forget the mim telecasters, this is an outstanding axe. Fit and finish is excellent. The neck is very comfortable. I got the vintage white with the alnico III's and it takes a o-drive pedal very nicely. It has all the classic tele tone you want. If you are on the fence for one of these, just buy one, you won't regret it. It's thee best bang for the buck tele out there.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweet Tele at a great price

                By Ozzie19

                from Bend, OR

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

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

                  This is a great guitar. The neck feels like it was custom made for my hand. I have the white with AlNico III pickups.

                  Like many others, I was intrigued by the many very favourable reviews. A year and a half ago I had money to buy a new guitar, and had a Classic Vibe in mind. I went to a local store and they also had a Squire Vintage Modified Telecaster HSS with mini-humbucker, Strat stack in the middle and Tele stack in the bridge. I bought that one and had always wanted the Classic Vibe instead. Not that there was anything wrong with the VM. I bought it because of the pickup array and because it had been discontinued.

                  A few weeks ago I went to the music store to buy some strings. Lo and behold, there was a Classic Vibe Tele for sale on consignment. I picked it up and played it (not plugged in) for about 5 minutes. I asked the clerk to put it behind the counter for me. I went to the nearest ATM and got the money to buy it! I sold the Vintage Modified Tele, so eventually got what I wanted.

                  This guitar is a joy to play. Everything is smooth and solid...controls, tuning gears, and switch. The sound is perfectly Tele. Smooth, clear and warm with the neck pickup. Sweet middle position tones, and perfect Tele bite and punch from the bridge pickup. I am not sure of the tonal differences compared to AlNico 5 pickups, but these AlNico III's deliver the true Tele goods.

                  I'm happy now, and no longer regret buying the VM Tele. In fact, the guy I sold it to was so happy to get it because it had been discontinued. Win, win all the way.

                  This is a great playing and sounding guitar that I'd be proud to play anywhere. No doubt about it. 5 stars for quality and value.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Better Than I Expected

                  By billyb

                  from plymouth, in

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Solid Body
                  • Good Tone
                  • Nice Maple Neck

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • 2nd Guitar For Gigs

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

                    Very pleased with guitar! I upgraded with Glendale Cutting Edge Bridge Saddles, installed original '98 Am Std Tele Neck Pickup and will put '52 reissue Bridge Pickup in as well. Also will replace Tuning Machines. All in all the Squier Tele came ready to play, but knew I would be making upgrades before I bought it. I will add that it looks very nice, and seems to be well constructed.

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                    5.0

                    Very nice guitar

                    By DHutch

                    from North Carolina

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

                          This is the first new guitar I've bought for myself in almost 40 years. Not disappointed. It feels solid. The finish is beautiful. The tuners are good and the pickups sound great. The pots and switch also feel solid. I can't see a reason to spend more for a Mexican standard. I did need to tighten the truss rod a bit and lower the b and e strings for my taste. Overall a very nice guitar for the price, I'm much more impressed by it than the Epiphone SG I bought my son a few years ago.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          What the... are you kidding me? Killer

                          By Keybored

                          from The Swamps of Jersey

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Playing Out
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • School Bands
                            • Small Venues

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

                            This is for the Butterscotch Blonde with Alnico 5 pickups.

                            This is a really nice guitar. Fit and finish are excellent. Beautiful tone - Neck pup is strat-like (no mud) and the Bridge pup is pure Tele. The pickup cavities have been sprayed with conductive paint to reduce noise - nice touch.

                            I especially like the neck, very comfortable to play. No hand cramps. Excellent fret work, no sharp ends and the fretboard edges have been rounded as well. New guitar with a played in feeling.

                            The intonation, pickup height and neck relief were off just a touch - so I touched 'em. All guitars need a setup. Learn to do this for yourself - it's easy.

                            I changed the strings to 11's and cut a bone nut for it. My preference.

                            I have American Fenders. They're not for sale, but they are jealous. I can't walk past this guitar without playing it.

                            The guitar has beautiful tone and easy playability. It will not embarrass you. It will kill your buddy's MIM and a few MIA guitars as well.

                            If you treat your guitar like a musical instrument, it will always be a musical instrument. If you treat it like a piece of junk, it'll be a piece of junk.

                            Have fun. Practice is a lifetime commitment. See you out there.

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                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very Impressed!

                            By Bob-_WXm.

                            from Tenn

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming

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

                              Was very reluctant to order this guitar, but now I'm certainly glad I did. This beats my American made Fender Tele all to pieces.

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