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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar  

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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...Read More

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.8

(based on 123 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (34)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Good feel (33)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (23)
  • Practicing (22)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (15)
  • School bands (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Amazing! Tele Lovers Rejoice

This guitar is quite simply, amazing. The pine body resonates in a different, but IMHO, superior way to some other body materials. The pickups are just fine and I'm in no hurry...Read complete review

This guitar is quite simply, amazing. The pine body resonates in a different, but IMHO, superior way to some other body materials. The pickups are just fine and I'm in no hurry to replace them. This model (Vintage Blonde) has the Alnico III pups, and while a little more subtle and quiet than the Alnico Vs in the Butterscotch model, they are quite good for a guitar at this price level. The guitar came set up quite well, and I won't have to run to a technician to get it perfect. I love the whitewashed finish, the thick, almost bakelite pickguard, and my favorite part, the lacquered neck is just a dream to play. I will likely replace the stock brass saddles with graph-tech stringsavers as I did for my 2011 model, and that improves sustain and tone immediately and immensely, again IMHO. I can't believe these guitars are still available at this price, and they're so good, Fender even slapped their name on a very similar (almost identical) guitar from the Chinese factory, added a Strat middle pickup, and called it the Modern Player, raising the price by just a little. Still a steal as well, but I'm sticking with tradition on this! I cannot praise this guitar highly enough, and all Telecaster lovers should own one. It's better than most every Mexican Fender Telecaster I've played, and even beats some of the American models!
The Squier Classic Vibe 50s Tele is a work of art considering the price. I owned a 2011 model that I was forced to sell, and I've been kicking myself ever since. This one (2014 Vintage Blonde) is very close to the same quality, and is currently my No. 1 electric (out of 6). It's a bit better than my Mexican Fender Telecaster, and I have one of the better ones of those.
The only complaint I have about this guitar (and it's not this particular guitar) model is that there are inconsistencies from one guitar to the next, however, most seem very good, with a few bad ones here and there. Also, the guitar's weight seems to be inconsistent from unit to unit, it obviously has something to do with the pine used. I originally ordered the Butterscotch model, but the one I received was inferior (too heavy, and obviously glued together from multiple pieces of pine for the body, while the replacement seems to be one solid piece), so I returned it for the Vintage Blonde model and was rewarded with a definite keeper! One more issue I had, and this has naught to do with the guitar, but with Musician's Friend. When I called to return the first unsatisfactory unit and replace it with this one, MF told me it would be extra money! I wanted the guitar very badly, so I paid it, but came close to refusal. Why on earth should I pay more for a replacement that is the same model guitar. They made an excuse that it was different because of the finish, and that I had ordered the first on a discount before Christmas, but on the site, the two finishes are placed under the same listing, with a pic of the Butterscotch on the main page. Also, why should a return/replacement cost more than the initial purchase, especially since the first was unsatisfactory in quality (had nothing to do with looks, as I love the look of the B-scotch just as much and have owned one previously). Again, while the price was still OK, I've bought equipment from MF before, and I'm still upset about the upcharge, and I feel MF should refund that money, especially since I went ahead and purchased the 3-year repair/replacement plan, even though I'll likely never use it, unless there's accidental damage like a car accident or something. I believe the cost of the plan even increased because this placed the guitar in a higher price bracket, but I'm not 100% sure in that regard. I'll update this review once I've figured that out.
Please don't let that last bit dissuade you from buying this wonderful guitar, though, even if it takes a few tries to find the "one" for you!

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Great Guitar (VINTAGE BLONDE ONLY)

This is a great Guitar(VINTAGE BLONDE ONLY), But DO NOT buy the butterscotch blonde. I don't know why they listed these two guitars as the same? Both very different, The Butterscotch...Read complete review

This is a great Guitar(VINTAGE BLONDE ONLY), But DO NOT buy the butterscotch blonde. I don't know why they listed these two guitars as the same? Both very different, The Butterscotch is much lighter in weight (Both are made of pine) The Butterscotch has Alnico 5's while the Vintage has Alnico 3's. Both great sounding pickups but the Butterscotch blonde is clearly a cheaper guitar. The Vintage Blonde is a better quality guitar and I put it up there with the American big boys. There are some Squire Guitars that surprise me and this is one of them.

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4.0

Worthwhile!

By Wayne M.

from Hattiesburg, ms

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Small Venues

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

I loathe long drawn out reviews, so here's the meat:
1. It's a 300 guitar not a 1200 guitar, set realistic expectations.
2. If you cannot do a basic setup yourself, great oppurtunity to learn.
That being said.. My experience...
Out of the box guitar buzzed, fretted out, would not stay in tune and sounded thin, thin. BUT! After putting .10's on it, applying some graphite to nut, ( just rub a pencil on it before and after restringing) adjusting action, intonation and pickup height, guitar is a keeper. Wide neck feels rubbery, easy to do chord hand neck bends.
Biggest thing with this guitar is knowing how to string with classic machine heads. Google if you dont know how, otherwise it will never stay in tune. PUT THE GRAPHITE TO THE NUT!!

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5.0

Simply Amazing! Tele Lovers Rejoice

By dronester1

from Corpus Christi, TX

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks
  • Practice
  • Quality

Cons

  • First One Was Inferior

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

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

This guitar is quite simply, amazing. The pine body resonates in a different, but IMHO, superior way to some other body materials. The pickups are just fine and I'm in no hurry to replace them. This model (Vintage Blonde) has the Alnico III pups, and while a little more subtle and quiet than the Alnico Vs in the Butterscotch model, they are quite good for a guitar at this price level. The guitar came set up quite well, and I won't have to run to a technician to get it perfect. I love the whitewashed finish, the thick, almost bakelite pickguard, and my favorite part, the lacquered neck is just a dream to play. I will likely replace the stock brass saddles with graph-tech stringsavers as I did for my 2011 model, and that improves sustain and tone immediately and immensely, again IMHO. I can't believe these guitars are still available at this price, and they're so good, Fender even slapped their name on a very similar (almost identical) guitar from the Chinese factory, added a Strat middle pickup, and called it the Modern Player, raising the price by just a little. Still a steal as well, but I'm sticking with tradition on this! I cannot praise this guitar highly enough, and all Telecaster lovers should own one. It's better than most every Mexican Fender Telecaster I've played, and even beats some of the American models!
The Squier Classic Vibe 50s Tele is a work of art considering the price. I owned a 2011 model that I was forced to sell, and I've been kicking myself ever since. This one (2014 Vintage Blonde) is very close to the same quality, and is currently my No. 1 electric (out of 6). It's a bit better than my Mexican Fender Telecaster, and I have one of the better ones of those.
The only complaint I have about this guitar (and it's not this particular guitar) model is that there are inconsistencies from one guitar to the next, however, most seem very good, with a few bad ones here and there. Also, the guitar's weight seems to be inconsistent from unit to unit, it obviously has something to do with the pine used. I originally ordered the Butterscotch model, but the one I received was inferior (too heavy, and obviously glued together from multiple pieces of pine for the body, while the replacement seems to be one solid piece), so I returned it for the Vintage Blonde model and was rewarded with a definite keeper! One more issue I had, and this has naught to do with the guitar, but with Musician's Friend. When I called to return the first unsatisfactory unit and replace it with this one, MF told me it would be extra money! I wanted the guitar very badly, so I paid it, but came close to refusal. Why on earth should I pay more for a replacement that is the same model guitar. They made an excuse that it was different because of the finish, and that I had ordered the first on a discount before Christmas, but on the site, the two finishes are placed under the same listing, with a pic of the Butterscotch on the main page. Also, why should a return/replacement cost more than the initial purchase, especially since the first was unsatisfactory in quality (had nothing to do with looks, as I love the look of the B-scotch just as much and have owned one previously). Again, while the price was still OK, I've bought equipment from MF before, and I'm still upset about the upcharge, and I feel MF should refund that money, especially since I went ahead and purchased the 3-year repair/replacement plan, even though I'll likely never use it, unless there's accidental damage like a car accident or something. I believe the cost of the plan even increased because this placed the guitar in a higher price bracket, but I'm not 100% sure in that regard. I'll update this review once I've figured that out.
Please don't let that last bit dissuade you from buying this wonderful guitar, though, even if it takes a few tries to find the "one" for you!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

squier classic vibe bsb telecaster

By telerider

from N.Calif

About Me Experienced

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 Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar:

    After comparing this tele to 12-16 other Affiniy, MIM and MIA's tele's in the local music store only a $1500.00 Fender MIA deluxe could match the classic vibe in feel,IMO. The others were rough to just OK. A fine instrument at a bargain price. I'm selling off my other guitars as this one does all that I need. Very satisfied and thanks to Fender.

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    5.0

    This one has "IT"

    By Les Ismour

    from Atlanta GA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great construction
    • Great Craftsmanship
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Honestly None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Totally Gig-worthy

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

    Some guitars just have "IT". The others don't. I'm talking about the guitar that is solidly constructed, is balanced, that has a great neck that feels right in the hand, that resonates well both acoustically and plugged in, the one that has GREAT tone! My 52/57 conversion Les Paul that I bought in 1970 has "IT". So do my 1986 '62 reissue Stratocaster and my 2005 Clapton signature Stratocaster. These are among the ones I have kept over the decades and plan to keep with me for life.

    Well, now I have another. I bought my vintage blonde CV 50's Squier Telecaster a couple of months ago. It delights me every time I play it. It's solid, looks great, plays great and sounds great. I decided to try it on a lark after reading so many positive reviews on the Telecaster Forum. I never would have even considered buying a "budget" Squier guitar in the past. Funny, I bought a Fender American Special Telecaster a couple of years ago and paid 3 times as much for it. But it didn't have "IT" so it went back to the store. The Squier CV 50's Tele has everything I want in a great Telecaster. This one stays.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't judge till you play

    By Jeeprider

    from Temple,Texas

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    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 Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar:

      Read the reviews,Had to buy one .reviews not wrong.feels and plays better than my 1998 USA telecaster.never was a squier fan before now.pro setup and better strings was only thing I have had done.

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      5.0

      Sweet guitar

      By bguzman5084

      from bronx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        got this guitar because I have 40 other guitars that I use to gig and didn't want to damage them but when I got it and plug it on a ten watt amp I use to practice, I was very happy with the sound because it was as good as my american fender or even better. can't put it down! great guitar for the price!

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        4.0

        Sounds and feels good

        By dr_learning

        from Chicago

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Like The Semi Transparent
        • Like To Semi Transparent
        • Looks Like 50s
        • Nice Neck Feel

        Cons

        • High E Slips Off
        • Soft Plastic Pickguard

        Best Uses

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

          Feels good. I've had this guitar 2 weeks, and have been playing for 3+ years. Not as wonderful feeling as my Gibson SG, but pretty darn close -- and 1/2 the price brand new compared to the 3rd hand SG... High e slips off with 9s, and I will set up with 10s when I change out the soft cheap plastic pickguard for a Bakelite 50s copy. My instructor, who records Jazz to Jingles, and plays monthly gigs in Chicago (35+ years of guitar), and has 15 guitars, now wants one of these too -- but the Butterscotch. I like the Alnico 3s, because I wanted a guitar to sound as far as possible from the P90s in my SG. The pro said to me: "Sounds like a Tele should."

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          5.0

          Squier got something going on!!

          By Rock Guitarist

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            The reviews are right, but don't expect something as good as an american deluxe. I will say it makes the american deluxes seem overpriced! I really can't find anything wrong with the guitar I got in terms of craftmenship. The wood grain on the front and the back are matched up perfectly that I actually though it might be 1 solid peice.

            I purchase the butterscotch w/ alnico V and the pickups are punchy with the classic telecaster tone. Kind of glassy sounding too. I recorded with the guitar and you would never be able to tell it was a squier.

            The guitar right out of the box needed setting up which if you know how to do yourself will make getting this squier even more of a steal. No fret buzz through the amp, and I was able to get the action at 4/64ths which seemed to be the sweet spot for the gutiar. I usually like 5/64ths (17th fret). The intonnation was actually very close out of the box but you can always get it closer.

            The bridge and saddles are really solid. The knobs aren't flimsy as you would expect on a squier and the switch is good too. I think this could easily have the fender label on it.

            If you are use to playing with the big Jumbo frets, the medium jumbos are going to feel too small. That's the only downside I found with this guitar for my style. I like bending and vibratoing yngwie style. But after a week of playing I'm getting use to it.

            At this price it's worth owning if you don't already have a telecaster.

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            5.0

            Blown away

            By Matan

            from New York, NY

            About Me Experienced

            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

              Ask me a question

              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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