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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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 153 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (60)
  • Fun to play (58)
  • Good feel (55)
  • Good pick up (48)
  • Solid electronics (44)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (47)
  • Practicing (46)
  • Recording (27)
  • Small venues (25)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (46), Professional musician (13), Novice (6)

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

 

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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(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

review of Classic Vibe Telecaster - great gutar

By Marks

from Ny

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

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.

(19 of 19 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.

      (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A real tele

      By Jerkowitz

      from St. Louis, Mo

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

      I own over 40 guitars including two American made Tele's. Been playing since Woodstock, the one in '69. I wanted a pine body Tele so tried out this Squier just to get one cheap to mess with. I almost always have to do a fret level and complete setup to get any new guitar to play right, this one only needed a few small adjustments out of the box. I like the way the pine resonates, pickups sound good enough that I have no plans on upgrading. stays in tune fine. Bought this as a project guitar but really doesn't need anything that would make it better. Will leave as is unless something breaks but expect it will be a long time before it needs it. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
      Everything Tele...Nice to have a choice of 2 colors each with different pickups, I call this a nice feature.
      The Chinese are getting good at building guitars! Everything lined up nicely, very good fretwork. The frets were well dressed and actually crowned and polished with no flat spots or sharp fret end. I have done tons of refrets so know what a good fret job should look and feel like. The neck is great unless you are expecting a baseball type neck found on an original. I have a '52 reissue. I felt like I was playing it when playing the Classic Vibe Tele except it felt better, guess the 9.5 radius helped. Very well made guitar.
      No brainer here, it's a cheap well made guitar.

      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just as good as E series Japanese Squires from the mid 80's

      By Gary Frederick

      from Michigan

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

      These will take you anywhere a 1953 Tele will but with fewer problems.
      These guitars are very playable and gig ready. So many falsehoods on here about old 50's Teles. The modern tone knob of today was a pickup blender in the 50's. Those who say U or V necks of the 50's must remember those old necks were shaped by hand, some small, some large and some hard to soft V. Most were of the smaller C size found on these guitars unless a special shape was ordered. Only a few of the early prototypes were of pine. Most early guitars were of Ash, then alder because it was cheaper. Pickup wise, the old ones were also hand wound and were good and bad. Better ones weren't the loudest ones either. These Squire Vibe pick ups are quite like the old ones.
      The quality is as good or better than MIM. It's in the labor where quality comes from. Each will be different. The pick ups are very good unless you're a thrasher of heavy rocker. They cover the rest of the bases well. Tone is more in the players hands than anything else.
      Top value for the money. As good as G & L Tributes which are also very good guitars. Remember that 3 bridge saddles will not intonate to 100 %. Especially the middle one sharing a wound D and an unwound G. Tune the D slightly flat for best performance.

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Terrific value

      By Jim

      from Madison, WI

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

      I wanted a telecaster and I did quite a bit of research before deciding on the Squier Classic Vibe. I've had the guitar for about a month now and I'm very happy with the decision. I had considered an American Standard, which is a better guitar than I'm a player, and I may ultimately buy one of those when I get to a level where I won't feel like a bit of a poser with such a nice guitar. So I was looking at the MIM telecasters and eventually became aware of the Classic Vibe Squire and all of the very positive reviews for it. I try not to buy [*]-made whenever feasible, but in this case the reviews were too good to dissuade me. I have to say that the guitar has far exceeded my expectations. I'm very impressed with the quality of the construction and the sound. There's really not an imperfection to be found anywhere on this guitar, which is amazing to me. I play it through a Fender Pro Jr and the sounds I get are right what I was expecting and hoping for. Nice and twangy on the bridge pickup and nice and warm on the neck pickup, and lots of very sweet sounds can be dialed in in-between.As an intermediate level player, I'm not in a good position to compare this to an American Standard as I'm not sure that I can fully appreciate the differences, but for where I am now, it's hard to imagine doing much better than the Squier CV. It's very well constructed, it sounds great, and mine was very playable right out of the box, which also was a very pleasant surprise. I expected to bring it in for a set-up, but there's no need. The action is just fine and there's not a single buzz anywhere on the neck. It's possible that I just got lucky, but it's just another in a string of impressive points. It also stays in tune extremely well (I'm not a monster string-bender, but I do bend 'em).So for me, I can say that I couldn't be more satisfied with this purchase. The only downside is the [*]-made aspect, which I have some philosophical discomfort with, but whatever factory these are made in, they're doing a remarkable job with their quality control.

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, Great Price!

      By Fathernature59

      from Northern California

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      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.

      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Housco

      By Housco

      from Angelica NY

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

      Excellent quality and craftsmanship. If I decide to use on stage I may change the pickups and install locking tuners but I usually do these things on my stage guitars anyway. For a beginner, intermediate or semi-pro this would be an excellent choice as either first guitar or stage Ax. I no longer use high-end, high dollar guitars on stage. I've had too many stolen or damaged and I prefer to purchase a well built guitar and modify it to my taste and this guitar is ideal for that ! I purchased a Squire Stratocaster when they first were produced in Japan in the 1980's. Since that time the Squire name digressed to reflect poor quality and workmanship. That all has changed with the Vibe series.
      Basic Telecaster, essentially Fenders answer to a Gibson SG except with a Squire decal on headstock which I still have a hard time believing considering the quality and craftsmanship. I gave up on Squire guitars 20 years ago due to poor quality and workmanship.
      Excellent quailty for the price. I purchased based on reviews and ended up buying another one in a different color. Very well built.
      Out of the box, tuned it up a and ripped, no issues no worries. I was doubtful of the reviews and also doubtful as it has the Squire logo . I have played guitar for 40 years and I own 30 guitars of different brand names and I was astonished at the quality and playability right out of the box. I have purchased guitars 3 times the cost of this one that were unpalyable out of the box.

      (11 of 12 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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      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.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stunning!

        By Baltimore Beach Man

        from Baltimore, MD

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

        It's all been said. Great axe. And when you factor in the price -- wow!
        A guy came to my house with one of these - butterscotch blonde - to try out a speaker cab I was selling. I heard that thing and ran to get my 2002 Standard Tele to compare. Honestly, as far as the tone there was simply no comparison. The Squier beat the pants off the Standard!

        I sold my Tele to get one of these.

        I was fearful that my guitar wouldn't sound as good as the one I had played, but this thing is simply amazing sounding. It's what a Tele should sound like!
        Out of the box the guitar was playable. The frets are beautifully finished but the action was a bit high (too much neck relief and the bridge barrels were also high) and the intonation was a quite a bit off. Got out my tuning machine, a phillips screwdriver and the two allen wrenches that came with the guitar and twenty minutes later she played like a dream!

        Are tuning machines on inexpensive guitars supposed to feel this smooth?? Is it normal for the pickup switch and pots to work as well as they do on a guitar at this price point?

        The body is three pieces and I am impressed by the apparent care that went into matching the pieces so that the body looks contiguous.

        It's beautiful. Fender is going to take over the lower end market with these!
        I own many guitars, and this is right at the top of my list for value.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ! ! ! A W E S O M E ! ! ! !

        By TeleTwang

        from Southern Illinois

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

        I dare anyone to find this much meat for this price. This guitar is unbelivable. I know I didn't just get a "Good One" because I have a friend that owns a music store and I can't resist picking up and playin on every one of these they get. Fender/Squier outdid theirselves on this one. I did upgrade the pickups, but wish I wudn't have wasted the money. The only improvement was that the new Duncans don't break up as easily. The stock pups in the Vibe are more than ample. I like this as well or better than any American Tele I have played!!!!!

        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply Amazing! Tele Lovers Rejoice

        By dronester

        from Corpus Christi, TX

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        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!

        (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        The White great The Butterscotch not

        By Vectorman

        from Round Rock Tx

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        Pros

        • Tone of Alnico 3 White

        Cons

        • Tone Alnico5 Butterscotch

        Best Uses

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

          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

          (9 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Completely Overhyped

          By That one guy, you know... with the face

          from Bay Area, CA

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

          I got this guitar yesterday and IMHO there is absolutely nothing special about it. It feel like a cheap squier guitar with some decent pickups. The neck is so coated it almost feels like you're playing plastic... If you're gonna spend this much on a tele, either go with a standard Fender MIM ... I can't believe how much this got overhyped, try to play it before you buy it... for your sake.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Another winner for the CV series

          By SugarLandGuitarMan

          from Sugar Land, TX

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

          I love this guitar. I've been playing since the late 70's and I've played them all. From $100 Hondos to $4000 PRS. I've bought and sold literally thousands of guitars over the decades. This one is definitely a winner. For the price you can't beat it. It's outstanding. Right out of the box all I had to do was adjust the action a tad and that was just for personal taste. The materials are solid, the craftsman is amazing for a Squier, and the tone is spot-on Telecaster. As I said before, Squier hit a home run on the CV series. I own two and they're both amazing guitars for that price. You can gig with them. You can use them as a workhorse guitar. If you're reading this do yourself a favor and check one out. Play it side by side with American models. It'll hold its own. Play it side by side with Mexican models, it'll blow them away on sound, setup, and build.
          Standard telecaster features. I really like the vintage tuners. To me they're better than the new standard Fender tuners, they're easier to string. Good range on the tone control. Pickups are crisp and not very noisy on my Vox AC30 even when cranked up a bit. Very classic Telecaster tone.
          Nothing seems cheap on this guitar. Of course it's not the same materials as used in the American standard tele but the finish is transparent so you can see the wood underneath and it's a nice guitar. I've gone over every little detail of mine and I have no complaints. The neck is incredible for this price. Very smooth and fast. The nut is cheap plastic but very usable. At some point I may put a bone nut on it but the stock one is good enough that there is no hurry.
          Value is where this guitar shines. Last month I bought a Fender Baja Telecaster. It was ok but didn't blow me away. I was in a music store a few days later and saw a CV 50's Telecaster on the wall. I pulled it down to check it out. I was blown away. I already own a CV 60's Strat because it's built so well but I figured that was a fluke. Wherever Squier is getting these CV series guitars made is doing an outstanding job. Mine are 2 for 2. The CV 50's Tele I bought was even nicer than the Baja, which I promptly returned by the way. If you want a Telecaster and want to be frugal you absolutely can't beat this deal. I checked out other Squier Tele's (standard and Custom II) and they were both terrible. As bad as you would expect from cheapo Squiers. The CV's, however, are NOT like other Squiers.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is the real deal telecaster!

          By Markerdown

          from North Las Vegas

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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.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Lives up to its billing

            By AJ

            from Stanford University

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I'm a semi-pro player (or real serious amateur, depending on how you look at it) who has been playing for 45 years. I've been in and out of bands most of that time, playing classic rock, country, new stuff, you name it. I have all sorts of high end guitars. I bought this Tele so I'd have a less expensive instrument to take places I don't want to take a more expensive axe. Plus, a basic old white Tele was my first good guitar when I was a kid.

                I pulled it out of the well packed boxes and it looked great. I can't find any flaws to gripe about. The only negative thing I've found is the tone and volume pots are a little stiff for my liking. They feel solid and they are not defective. Just a little harder to turn than I like.

                Anyway, I stretched out the strings, tuned it up and left it overnight. The next day, I re-tuned it and played a 4 hour rehearsal without having to touch it again.

                The pickups are fine, neck and fret work is great. The (white) finish on the body looks way cool. Everything works great on this guitar. I don't know how you'd beat this guitar for the price. I'm not sure you'll beat it for 2 x the price!

                I like this thing a lot! Now my problem is I like it too much to use it as a "beater!" I'd cry like a baby if someone stole it or knocked it off a stand. What's a man to do?

                (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Ehh, not for me.

                By blakegreig

                from Sterling Heights, MI

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

                I recently went into a local music store to look into some Teles. I played many squiers because for some reason the shop didn't have Fenders. I liked a few of the Squier Teles, but this one just didn't do any justice for me. It has some weird hardware by the pickups that make it hard to palm mute. I mean, it's a classic guitar, but still, it didn't have a great tone in my opinion. You can pick up a cheap Tele for cheaper and still get a better sound and quality, but that's my opinion.

                (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best thing Fender ever did!

                By curly

                from Denver

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

                This is positively the best electric I've ever played...and I've owned plenty of American teles that weren't half as good as this amazing little beast. Not only is the CV tele super well built, it stays in tune for days of string bending, smooth dressed frets, and the pu's have a character all their own that beats the stuff out of all other telecasters in my humble opinion. How can the very best sell for this price? Got to be a mistake. Or maybe Fender knows making a true value cheap is the way to a guitar player's heart.

                (6 of 6 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.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very, Very Nice.

                  By Stewart Wood

                  from Canada, land of the free. With purchase.

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

                  Delighted. Exceeds all expectations in every way. I orginally thought to buy one and upgrade the pickups, but frankly the ones that are fitted are excellent; they really have got that vintage spank and twang and are very good in regard to hum and noise. I haven't experienced any issues with switches or pots, in fact the pots on mine have a nice rsistance to the touch which I prefer.
                  After hearing all the positive noise about these guitars I decided to order one and see what the fuss is about. In a word - justified. The guitar, out of the box, is worth all the praise that's been heaped on it. And then some.
                  Fit & finish, quality of materials, general attention to detail - all excellent. I am impressed how damned good this guitar is, and no-one was more skeptical of a Chinese Squier than I was. I'm very happy to be proven wrong. I cannot find a single thing wrong, and believe me I have looked.

                  Out the box the action wasn't to my tase (too low) and the intonation a ways off, which is absolutely no problem whatsoever as far as I am concerned, as all guitars need to be set up to the individual player's preferences anyways. I had no trouble with the double bridge pieces; I love the heavy brass actually.

                  The nut was actually much better that I anticipated; I had heard a few disappointed reviewers but mine was a very pleasant surprise.
                  I paid C$325 new. Fantastic value. I wish that Fender Squier would put in the appropriate allen key for the bridge grub screws, but for the money it's a small mither. I'd happily shell out a few extra bucks for some sweeteners like tools and a case, but that's OK.

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