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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 136 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (44)
  • Fun to play (43)
  • Good feel (40)
  • Good pick up (35)
  • Solid electronics (32)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (31)
  • Practicing (30)
  • Recording (21)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds great but.....

Let me start by saying I am neither a professional guitar player nor a brand snob. Now on to my opinion and experience with this guitar. I purchased the Classic Vibe Vintage Blonde with...Read complete review

Let me start by saying I am neither a professional guitar player nor a brand snob. Now on to my opinion and experience with this guitar. I purchased the Classic Vibe Vintage Blonde with high expectations based on reviews from others. The sound and playability didn't disappoint me at all. The guitar has a great feel and isn't too light or heavy but just right like baby bears porridge. The neck feels great to me, it has a great tone and is flexible enough to play anything from country, Christian, rockabilly to classic rock.

The only negative thing about the one I purchased was the strap button screw stripped out the first time I tried to remove the strap. Was it just a flaw in the guitar I purchased or is the wood too soft? While this was an awesome looking and sounding guitar Squier may need to address this issue as it seems others have ran into the same problem. I have read other say this happened to them and it is due to the pine body being softer wood. Based solely on the tone and way it plays I would recommend but with the caveat that you could have issues with the strap button.

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3.0

A Good Squire but not a Knight

By Boulder Holder

from Boulder Colorado

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

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

This is a good guitar has a really nice feel to it, but the detailed workmanship was not nearly as good as on my MIM tele. I would recommend saving a bit longer and buying the MIM tele new or used. I just find everything a bit better quality workmanship, sound, and material. Besides then you have a real fender and you do not have to be a snob to appreciate the difference and the higher resale value.

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5.0

favorite guitar

By Tele tickler

from beyond the trees

About Me Novice

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:

      Ever since I got this vintage blonde tele about 3 weeks ago, I haven't played any of my other guitars. It didn't much care for my Fender Concert Reverb amp, but when I plugged it into my Bugera 6262 it was magic !!! With just guitar and amp, I can get almost any tone I want (blues, classic rock mostly). Must be something about that combination of pickups and amp topology. Mechanically, the guitar is very good. After the strings stretched out and I lubed the nut and bridge saddles, it has stayed in tune quite well. No problem with 2 strings per saddle (can always get compensated saddles).

      Ordered on a Monday night, was at the UPS store by Thursday noon.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, Great Price!

      By Fathernature59

      from Northern California

      About Me Experienced

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

      After reading the reviews on this Squier guitar, I went ahead and bought one. The reviews were correct in saying the playability, fit and finish, and tone of this ax is well worth the cheap price tag. I also own a 2011 Fender American Standard Telecaster, and you can tell the difference in the quality of the build between the two guitars. The American has a bit more of a detailed finish and better quality wood. This makes sense as the American Standard costs almost 3 times as much. But the thing is, I find myself playing the Squier, and keeping the Fender in the case.

      On a Tele type guitar, I prefer a more vintage sounding instrument, and the Squier has this down easily, properly set up. The Fender American sounds good, but the Squier sounds GREAT, especially through my properly biased (important with these amps) Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue. The Alnico 5 pickups on the Butterscotch CV Tele are not the thin and lifeless sounding ceramic magnet type seen on your typical Squier Affinity and Bullet models. They are made by Tonerider pickups out of England, and are a BIG difference in the sound quality of this instrument compared to its cheaper counterparts.

      The butterscotch body along with the tinted neck looks awesome, especially in the sunlight. The body appears to be one piece of pine wood, and the guitar weighs in at a chunky 9 lbs even. This weight along with the very resonate pine body gives this guitar a lot of "bloom" when it is played, especially with a good overdrive. The Alnico 5 pickups don't disappoint when driven heavily, and sing like a Canary with that wonderful bloom. The neck is straight and has no fret buzz whatsoever, and the frets are dressed and polished like an instrument costing many times more.

      Bottom line: If you are looking for a Telecaster type guitar and don't want to buy a $1200+ American made example, then this is your best bet. If you are a headstock snob and would NEVER be seen playing a Squier guitar in public, try one out anyhow.

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      5.0

      Most certainly would buy this again

      By Old One Man Band

      from Springboro, Ohio

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      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 Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar:

        Guitar came set up out of the box, Plays marvelous, fantastic sustain. I have 13 other guitars and this guitar Immediately became my favorite guitar. All the other comments on this guitar are right on. Electronics are high quality. Guitar finish is beautiful, well put together. If I lost this guitar I would immediately buy another. Considering buying a Classic Vibe Stratocaster just because of the quality of this guitar

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        5.0

        This guitar is really nice, looks and sounds great!

        By Kookie

        from Indiana

        About Me Novice

        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 Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar:

          Great price for a great guitar

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Looks smart, sounds great, but beware of sharp fret ends

          By William in Carrollton

          from Carrollton, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret ends stick out

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          I'm an amateur player, primarily interested in blues and classic rock. I have played off and on for almost 40 years.

          I bought the blonde almost a year ago and have enjoyed it very much. I wanted a Tele to round out my solidbody collection. I also own a Peavey T-60, an Epiphone Les Paul Tribute 2010, and a Squirt Deluxe Strat. I had not played a Tele since the 70s when I would borrow my band mate's Fender now and then, but like everyone I've heard enough of them to know they are good, solid, workhorse guitars. I saw the price - and available in the finish I wanted- decided to order one.

          The finish is beautiful, with a nice grain pattern showing through the opaque white. The neck is a smooth and glossy maple, quite dark and aged looking, to my eye, anyway. I always worry about a too-thin neck which most players seeem to prefer. I have longer fingers and need a little more thickness than most, I suppose, and I find this neck comfortable and easily playable opfor both chording and melodic runs.

          I was surprised at the versatility of tones I can get from it, too. I play through a Roland Cube 40x and find that the final pallette is quite rich and full. Very pleasant surprise, there. I have not felt a need for any new guitar set up or adjustments. I play it still just as it arrived nine months ago, with one exception and this is the reason why I cannot give it 5 stars.

          The fret ends stick out too far over the finger board, to the point that, after about twenty minutes of playing the first day, the skin below the first knuckles on my fretting fingers felt as if they had splinters in them, just as if I'd been working on loose fence pickets with a glove. I do not own any fret files and did not want to spend what might amount to half the price I paid for the guitar on a pro fret job, so I grabbed an old and well-worn knife sharpening block and patiently filed the ends on the underside down myself.

          If you want a decent Tele and you're on a budget, give this one a try.

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Affordable tele

          By This old man

          from Arlington Va

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

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

            This guitar looks and sound good, however the hardware doesn't last, my chrome hardware was foggy after a couple of weeks, the switch is not making good contact causing noise when operating, also input jack is a cup, which makes it difficult to re-tight after loosen up (it will loosen up). After adjusting the fret buzz, changing (or cleaning) electronics, and carefully secure the cup it is ok now. If you don't mind some guitar tech work it is a fairly good guitar

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic guitar

            By Back to Basics

            from Philadelphia

            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 Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar:

              Great setup, action... Feels and looks great.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Classic VibeTelecaster 50's Electric Guitar

              By Jimjam

              from New York

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

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

                This was the first time I had ever ordered a guitar online. The experience was top notch. The guitar is all that I had hoped for. Sound is great and the feel is great. I would definitely order another from Musician's Friend.

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                5.0

                The Workhorse

                By Nicky B

                from Oswego KS

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

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

                This guitar is a workhorse. I enjoy playing a variety of music and this tele can do it all. You cannot beat the price for the astounding quality that this instrument gives. Its the smoothest neck ive ever played. I will never be able to outplay this guitar!

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