Classic Vibe Telecaster® '50s Butterscotch Blonde


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Classic Vibe Telecaster® '50s, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde

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In the early years of Fender, the Telecaster® quickly became an everyman’s guitar because of its versatile sound, ease of playing and reasonable cost. The Classic Vibe Telecaster ’50s in Butterscotch Blonde delivers on that original promise. Features include a gorgeous new Butterscotch Blonde finish on a pine body, and a vintage-tint gloss fast-action maple neck with 21 medium-jumbo frets and modern 9.5” Fingerboard radius. Setting this guitar apart from its Classic Vibe Telecaster ’50s Vintage Blonde brother is a custom set of alnico 5 single-coil pickups that provide warmth and clarity and enough punch for country, blues, rock and jazz.

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Great Value!

(5.0)
peter.w on September 21, 2014
Blues Rock Country

I have had my Classic Vibe butterscotch blonde Tele for about 4 months now. Out of the box it looked great and played pretty well. Took it to a luthier and had it set up. 2nd fret was a little high and the neck needed a small adjustment. Now it punches way above its weight. Plays like an instrument I could have paid several hundred $ more for. My advice would be, whatever guitar you buy, get it set up properly by a professional. Bought my 8-yr-old daughter an Affinity Strat. Also had it set up professionally and now it also plays like a guitar I could have paid a lot more for. Great value for money!

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Absolutely freaking amazing

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srdjanluzajic on September 11, 2014 (updated September 15, 2014)
Blues Rock Classic Rock

This is my second Fender. My first one is a MIM strat with DiMarzio Areas/Super Lead upgrades and that plays like a charm. I bought this one because I was after a cheap tele. I knew what I was buying. I read all the reviews, I saw all the youtube videos, but was I in for a surprise. This guitar does everything. From smooth and mellow slightly phased jazzy clean tones on neck pickup to uber gnarl and djent on both AND ON SINGLE BRIDGE PICKUP TOO!!! I have no idea how they've managed it, but the default pickups are just awesome. I just wish my strat was this good. The neck is smooth and shiny with jumbo frets and ultra-low action. Near to effortless playing. Interestingly, the guitar came with .10 strings which I favour, and they suit it perfectly. The '50s butterscotch yellow design is simple and yet timeless and gives this guitar a warm and nostalgic feel. Finally, the value for money is just unbelievable.

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Excellent

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BruceSF on September 9, 2014 (updated September 10, 2014)
Blues Folk

I received my '50s Classic Vibe yesterday. I was amazed at the build quality, it compares favourably with my US Standards, US vintage Teles and of course my Mexican made Teles..

It is the heaviest Tele that I have in my collection. The sound is very, very good. Possibly at a later stage I might change the PU's.

I might just go a purchase a Classic Vibe Custom as well.

For guitarists at all levels, this is an excellent guitar (and not just for the price). The days that 'Made in China' meant rubbish are long gone. The same as 'Made in Mexico', where excellent Fenders are built.

My advise is try the Classic Vibe series before its Mexican cousins which are twice the price.

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Classic Vibe Telecaster® 50s Butterscotch Blonde

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Tom Blackwell on February 24, 2014 (updated February 25, 2014)
Professional Blues R&B Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Classical

I bought this guitar because of the reviews I read and I figured if it was a piece of crap I'd be out of less money. However, this axe is outstanding and so is the '50s Vibe bass guitar which I also bought due to price and reviews and less risk if it to turned out to be a piece of crap. Both guitars stay in tune and sound outstanding thru my Marshall, Twin Reverb and Trace Elliot amps. I wholeheartedly recommend both these axes. However, remember, just cause I got 2 outstanding guitars doesn't mean you will to.

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amazing telecaster!

(5.0)
Dean Stewart on January 12, 2014
Amateur Rock Classic Rock Folk

I love the look, the feel and the sound! It's an amazing guitar, looks just like Springsteens and or Keith Richard's ! It plays well and easy! Super smooth! Switches and knobs are easy to manipulate and the sound and tone is exactly what I want for the style of music I like to play. The color is awesome!

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Great tele

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zokig on November 5, 2013 (updated November 5, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country

This is a great guitar. The workmanship is excelent. No sharp fret edges, and lovely maple neck.

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Classic vibe it is

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jerkowitz on August 31, 2013 (updated September 3, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Gospel Jazz Rock Classic Rock Folk Country Bluegrass

The name Classic Vibe is a perfect fit. It has the looks of a Blackguard Tele. I have had many Teles and this may be the best one. I recently set up a vintage 1960 Tele for a friend and I couldn't get it to play any better than the CV. The CV has a flatter radius so it is easier to get a lower action. However, it didn't sound quite as good as the '60, but comes close enough considering the price of the CV. The stock pickups sound very good though. The real alnico magnets give it a true vintage sound. I've had mine for about two years and it's starting to age a bit and developing its own character. The vintage tint of the neck when new looked a bit orange, but seems to have ambered some with age. The pinewood finish resembles ash and has a very resonate sound. The finish doesn't appear to be too thick so it may contribute to the resonance. It weighs about 7 1/2 lbs so it's heavy enough to feel like your playing something without it actually being too heavy. Some reviewers say their examples are heavy so I guess the weight varies, just be aware that pine will dent more easily. The tuners are the vintage type with the split shaft, which are one of my favorites. Just cut the string to length, insert into the hole in center of the string post and tune. No sharp string end will be sticking out. They even used a vintage style string tree which was a nice little touch. I also own a Classic Vibe Tele Custom and two CV '50s Strats, which are all nice guitars. I own a lot of high end guitars for investment purposes but with this quality and for the price you could spend a lot more for little to no benefit, maybe only for bragging rights.

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A real value instrument

(4.0)
Chrispygrunch on June 22, 2013
Professional Blues Alternative Rock Pop Rock Folk Country Bluegrass Classical Reggae / Ska

I own this guitar for 2 months after a friend had bought one... He told me how close it was to a custom shop one...
I was sceptic about his review until tried one in a store... I owned alreday an american special one... Could you believed it? I solded the American special and bought the Squier and wow, this was a really good move!! I have a more attractive looking guitar ( this thing is the most beautiful instrument I've ever had!) and got a 400$ extra in my pocket to buy whisky and beers. The neck of this instrument is a dream... The only thing I had to get used to it is the pickups tone... much tiner than my previous american special but once plugged in my really good Princeton reverb reissue, i started to get tones I'd always dreamed of... In fact, this baby is more value than a american vintage Jaguar, I tried those back to back and prefers the vibe and playability of the Squier Tele classic vibe... wow, amazing job by chinese people!!

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Amazing Guitar

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rumpster on April 20, 2013
Amateur Gospel Alternative Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal

I will admit, I don't own this guitar. However, I have been able to play several times, and I must say, it beat every other tele I've ever played. The tone is rich and beautiful, and the finish is my type of style. The guitar sounds good for all types of music, from blues to rock to country. The pick ups were surprisingly good. I would recommend this guitar to anyone, and I hope to own it myself someday.

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Worth more than the money

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Lofven on April 17, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Jazz Rock Pop Rock

I got this guitar after a 12 year break from playing. I was amazed that a budget guitar could be that good - no where near the budget guitars I saw in the 90's. I bought it just to have a cheap guitar laying around and play in my spare time, but ended up recording an entire album with this guitar.

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Get it while you can!

(5.0)
Zorlac on March 25, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Punk

This is an outstanding instrument for no money at all basicly. Im just in awe and blown away by this guitar.. It looks, sounds, feels and plays just perfect. I've neen looking for a tele for my collection of guitars and i've tried and played several american made, been trying the new american vintage '52 but i gotta say that this SQUIER suits my tastes better. I never thought that i would ever buy a squier.. And fall in love with it!
I just cant believe how good this guitar acctually is. Completly changed my view of squier as a brand.
Get it!!

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Great Low Cost Guitar

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Iowacarver on March 16, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Country

What a great guitar this is. I paid approx. $350.00. Worth more than that frankly. The fit and finish are great. I really like the glossy finish on the neck. Great sound and tone from the pick ups. The neck is great and the fret work is very good. I had it professionally set up like I do all my guitars. I feel like the frets are a little on the soft side due to the wear I see after approximately a year. This is a great value!

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Terrific instrument!

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ikejose on February 18, 2013 (updated February 18, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock Folk

This CV BSB is absolutely a great guitar. It amazes me how well it plays and sounds at a value that is unbeatable. I purchased in Guitar Center downtown Boston when I went there on business. I wanted a memento of a productive week of research at the JFK Library. This guitar has turned out to be much more than that. It's a guitar that will get heavy use in my Fender heavy stable. I A/B'd the guitar with a Fender 52 AVRI, and sorry, but the Squier actually won hands down in every way, perhaps except for the general appearance, which is a bit extra glossy for my tastes. But for the sound of the pickups and the feel of the neck,I was stunned. No one should shy away from this instrument just because it doesn't have the full fledged Fender name on the headstock. I love this guitar.

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Excelent affordable - future classic

(5.0)
jakasf on February 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Funk Rock Classic Rock Country Bluegrass

In terms of playability and attention to detail this is the best tele I have played, including many more expensive ones (as well as - in my opinion the 60s classic vibe). In terms of tone, the bridge pickup is just shy of perfect, while the neck pickup is simply beautiful!

I bought it at Manson's guitar shop, and it was beautifully set up by the techs. It tunes beautifully, though the tuners are a bit fast - I guess this is due to them being made to resemble the original ones.

The finish is what it is supposed to be - a vintage reissue - but thankfully it is not called a reissue, or I would not be able to afford it. I have to say it is a fascinating guitar - the one piece body just resonates. My one gripe is that the finish had come of at the edge, but I must have dinged it unawares.

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Versatile sound

(4.0)
JavierMF on February 18, 2013
Beginner Alternative Rock Pop Rock

The classic versatile sound of a Telecaster for an affordable price. Great buy!

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Model Name: Classic Vibe Telecaster® '50s, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde
Model Number: 0303027550
Series: Classic Vibe
Advertised Price: $579.99
Color: Butterscotch Blonde

Body

Body
Body Material: Pine
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Body Shape: Telecaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele
Neck Pickup: Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
Switch Tips: Barrel Style

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: "C" Shape Maple Neck, Domed Knurled Chrome Control Knobs Vintage Tinted Neck, Black Dot Position Inlays, Gold Squier Logo, Original Barrel Switch Tip, Synthetic Bone Nut