Squier’s Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster rocks a welcome shot of high-powered Cabronita attitude in an already-cool Vintage Modified Telecaster. Two full-voiced and stylish Fideli’Tron humbucking pickups more than get the job done, with three-way toggle pickup switching and a single knurled-chrome master volume knob for a distinctive look.
Other features include a maple neck with “modern C” profile, comfortable 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, single-ply white pickguard, string-through-body bridge with six stamped saddles, and vintage-style tuners. Available in only one formidable color—Black.
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From the moment I picked this guitar up it felt good. It also looks good. Lighter than the standard tele due in part to the basswood body. The finish was perfect. The guitar had good intonation and action. No rattles. The maple neck is surprising similar in feel to the standard tele. The tuners are very stable-this is my biggest concern with the more modestly priced guitars- it holds tune well.
I first plugged this guitar into a blues junior III and instantly had that buttery sound. With increased gain the sound began to have dirt, presence and sustain. The fidelitron humbucker PUs are clear and bell-like. Pleasing to the ear. The standard tele twang is there, which is the basis for that great rock and roll tone
Wow! What a great guitar, it sounds great, feels good and holds tune well. Advice- Always hold, play and listen to a guitar before you buy. I played a lot of expensive guitars before selecting this affordable gem.
This thing is a steal!
I bought my Squier VM Cabronita on a lark while visiting a local shop. I didn't even plug it in before I brought it home - thinking if it stunk, I could at least use the parts.
I needn't have worried. Not only does it not stink, it's great! I love this guitar.
The Fidelitrons might look like Filtertrons but they don't sound like them. They're much brighter and punchier. Absolutely dripping with good rock tone.
The neck is your standard modern 'c' Fender carve and is very playable. Frets on mine were dressed impeccably. The rest of the hardware is typical Squier which is to say that it's fine. Nothing that will amaze you but it gets the job done.
My only gripe (and I conceded that many others consider this a 'feature') is the lack of a tone control. These pickups are quite bright and I would love to tone it down just a touch. I'm convinced the neck pickup with a little tone rolled off would be very sweet for blues.
I can't recall a guitar in my 30 years of playing that offered this much bang for the buck. I suspect these will be well regarded guitars for many years to come.
geebake owns this item
A great guitar for the money, but - would have scored higher with a tone knob!
I played the guitar for a few hours in a shop and ended up trading a 2013 US standard SG for this and an AC15 Vox amp. Looking back I should have sold the SG privately...but money aside, swapping the SG for the Cab alone would be a pretty fair deal...says enough!
But since buying it 6 months ago, my play time has been pretty minimal. I own 20 or so guitars (inc 2 other tele's) and it just hasn't risen to the top...if you know what I mean. Neither did the SG though.
Anyway...I would absolutely recommend trying one if you're after a unique tele, and for me, the Squier Cab was better than the Mexican version in every way!! Next time though, please add a tone knob guys: )
adnesiac owns this item
I have several Squier guitars and particularly like the quality of the Chinese Classic Vibe guitars. This is another story. I ordered it online and the first one that arrived had suffered serious damage on the way from Indonesia. I decided to personally take it back to the store to make sure the replacement was ok. I tried it out, and apart from a high action, it seemed ok. When I got it home, I lowered the action, but the strings then fouled the pickups. I tried to lower the pickups, but they would not move.I had to dismantle the guitar and remove the pickups. Under one was a blob of dried glue or resin which prevented it being lowered. In both cases the assembly of foam pads and springs had been incorrectly installed, with the springs lying on their sides! By replacing the damaged foam pads and careful installation I was able to mount the pickups onto the springs in a vertical position, so I then had adjustable height. The neck was also poorly finished with sharp blobs of paint along the edges, and needed sanding to make it comfortable to play. All in all I would say this is the worst finished piece of equipment ever to carry the Fender name. OK, it's cheap, and once it's sorted out, the neck is ok and the pickups have great tone. If you're thinking of buying one, try it first, and inspect it carefully, making sure the pickups move up and down.
countrysquier owns this item
I too have owned Strats and Teles over the past 40 years years (and wish I still had them all). Which led me to this Cabronita Tele. I own 9 other guitars and each has a place in my arsenal of sounds, but I needed a new solid body that wouldn't break the bank. As soon as I picked this guitar up I knew it was the one...easy to play and easy to get a great sound. The FideliTron pickups really growl in all positions. It looks great and the workmanship is outstanding. If you're the type that rates a guitar by overall playability and not as a status symbol, this guitar is for you. I've been playing a friend's 60th anniversary model Tele for the past 3 weeks and can say this guitar has just as much personality, in its own way. Good job Fender !
Rett Wills owns this item
In the past, I've own many Fender guitars; 62 Strat, 72 Tele Deluxe, Seymour Duncan Lite-Ash Strat and Custom Squier Tele. This is the absolute best value on an electric guitar today! Excellent tone, playability and looks. When I first saw it at the store (Rockin Robin, Houston, TX) I knew I had to have it. I own several other guitars; Hanson Chicagoan, Epi Emperor and Les Paul. This rounds out my working stable of performing guitars. What a dream it is to play and hear it "cut through" the other guitars in on the bandstand! Wonderful job-Fender! Keep up the great work!
txmcubed owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Squier®|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fideli'Tron™ Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Fideli'Tron™ Humbucking|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Chrome String-Through-Body Tele with Stamped Saddles|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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