Classic Vibe Telecaster® Custom


Model #: 0303030500
Classic Vibe Telecaster® Custom, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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This beautiful 3-Color Sunburst over Alder model features a double bound body and mint green pickguard. The vintage tint gloss maple neck with rosewood Fingerboard has 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5" radius -- other features include vintage style tuners and a 3-saddle bridge with threaded saddles. A custom set of alnico V single-coil pickups provides warmth and clarity and enough punch for country, blues, rock and jazz.

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kawinut on July 13, 2014 (updated July 14, 2014)
Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Country

I own an American strat, Les Paul, and ES 137. I've owned 2 American teles before this one. I had read the reviews, and asked the folks at the local guitar stores (3 GC, a Sam Ash, and 3 locals) if they had any, and they all said no. You know why? If people see and play this side-by -side with the more expensive Teles, people won't be spending the money for the Mex or Americans. I really can't complain about anything, other than the thin neck. But even that is a design decision, not the neck itself, which is BEAUTIFULLY MADE!!! The frets are large, level, and finished. The fretboard is smooth, with no filler or low spots. I'm a finish snob, and the fit and finish of this guitar is staggering for the money. The pickups compare to other, genuine early tele pickups. That can be a problem for some, but again, that's how Leo designed them, and there's no application problem.
The body on mine had a ding on it from it bing dropped in the store (I had it ordered from a GC in Dallas to Richmond VA- Shout out Dallas GC) but it was a minor issue. The poly is thick, but flawless. The binding is is fitted perfectly, with no short pieces. When I took the pickguard off I was shocked to see that it wasshielded with paint, and even the pickgaurd had shilding tape on the back. The pots and 3 way switches were made by Alpha, a well-known maker, and worked flawlessly. I put a 4 way switch in mine to run the pickups on position 4 in series, put on some Boomers, and am happy. I still aspire for an American Tele (a 64 Vintage reissue in Candy Apple red with rosewood fretboard), but now have a beautiful looking and great sounding Telecaster, for less than 1/4 the price of the reissue. The guitar sounds - just like a tele. Which is incredibly versatile.
If considering this guitar, I give it my highest recommendation. It's great as it is, and perfect for a young, or new player due to the thin neck. And it can always be upgraded with P/Us etc.

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Listen to your dealer

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Sylvain on March 5, 2014 (updated March 7, 2014)

Bought the custom on recommandation from my local guitar shop owner, great tone, nice twang. Perfect for many styles.

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fantastic!

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thegooseboots on December 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Country Bluegrass Classical Punk

I remember the first time I played a telecaster, until I bought one it was the only guitar I ever wanted. This is what I ended up with, a sexy guitar with a warm bluesy neck pickup, (It sounds perfect through a tube amp for those soulfull musical jangles). When I got my classic vibe it had double binding, which only added to its unprecedented beauty. It looks a little better with double binding, but not much.
It has never failed, it never goes out of tune and even the intonation is great considering it only has three saddles. I love this guitar so very much, it feels like I own a bit of musical history.
They are such good value for money and better built than the Mexican fenders. Played like a dream out of the box, the strings only lasted 5 days because I couldn't put it down, (I recommend elixirs).
If you are thinking about getting one, just do it, it will be the best guitar you will ever buy. I have played a range of fenders and this one is still highly favoured by me :)

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Excellent bang for the buck

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evobyeoj on September 7, 2013 (updated September 9, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Gospel Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Country

I've read many reviews on the Squier Classic Vibe Custom tele because I am weary of the idea that every guitar in my collection must be American made or high end and pricey. I read enough good things about this guitar that I finally went to my local guitar store and tried one out. I immediately noticed that the guitar had the quality of a much more expensive instrument, in fact, I could not find any visible flaws in the fit and gorgeous finish. The hardware wasn't the best but it was quite adequate. Then I plugged it in and was stunned at the wonderful tones that this guitar produced. It could be pristinely clean or beautifully distorted in either a thin or fat tone. This thing is amazingly versatile and can stand in any arena from rock to Bach. Altough, it's not a good choice for metal, shred and some of the other highly distorted drop D tuning playing styles. After playing it for half an hour the guitar seemed to bond with me as though it was my regular instrument. It was offered to me for $379.99, with a slightly used hard shell case thrown in the deal, so I took it home that day. I've been playing for about 30 years and I've been through many, many guitars and I know right now that this Squire CVC tele is a keeper. I feel sorry for those who's reviews diss'ed this guitar, they apparently are hard to please and that is a bummer trip to be on. The Squier Classic Vibe Custom tele is a rare and unique find. It is a remarkably high quality instrument offered at a very reasonable price. Fender should be praised for designing and backing this uncommonly good Squier guitar.

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Please what about left handed!

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Eduardo Gomez Marin on August 29, 2013
Beginner Alternative Pop Rock

I'd love to own this model but I can't. And it's not a question of money!
It's totally unfair. What's happening with left handed.
22 Telecaster Squier models and only 2 of them are for us.
Please, do take us into account.
Thank you very much.

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Most For Your Money

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jonahmillerwavves on July 13, 2013 (updated July 15, 2013)
Professional Blues Gospel Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Folk Classical Punk

I had bought this Telecaster for travel and tour. This guitar plays just as well as any $1,000 fender (if not better). The sound is so rich and the playing ability is so well that i couldn't tell the difference between the Modern Player Fender Telecaster and the Classic Vibe! Best buy from Fender in many years. If you are looking for a Telecaster that will last, this Telecaster is for you!

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Tele of old

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millertyme on March 21, 2013
Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Country

I purchased this guitar as I am going to do a band reunion has been 25 years . My group plays old classic rock n roll When I quit playing I owned a Fender Telecaster. I was out shopping and wanted to purchase a guitar that was like my guitar of old. This is it!! I love this guitar right off the rack Only thing I did was to lower the action to meet my comfort. I would and do recommend this guitar series to everyone. For the amount it cost you can not go wrong. It is absolutely awesome If it were a blind fold test it would be hard to tell what model or series Telecaster this is. I am sure this guitar will out last me. I then hope it is handed down to grandchildren so they have a chance to make some greta memories as well. Squire this is a wonderful guitar GREAT JOB !!!!

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Wonderful workhorse guitar for pennies

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Harry Puckering on February 25, 2013 (updated February 25, 2013)
Semi-Professional Jazz Folk

These Chinese-made Classic Vibes are all good, but this one is my favourite. Woods are spot on: an amazingly straight-grained maple for the neck and alder - with a bit of character - for the body. Neck profile is midway between the 52 and something very modern. Fit and finish are flawless: heavy chrome and high gloss. Components are good enough: I've upgraded to Wilkinson saddles in the bridge and I might replace the machine heads as they feel a little imprecise. There's also the possibility of me going all Andy Summers and putting a PAF in the neck. But, actually, this sounded great from the moment I picked it up.

For the money, I'd challenge anyone to find a better workhorse guitar. And this holds its own against the Japanese and Korean models, maybe even the American models, that Fender wants to you to buy.

The reason it's got only three stars under features is not because there is anything wrong with it, but because it's a Tele: features are not what you buy a Tele for.

This is a keeper. I intend to play the hell out of it and then happily pass it on to my daughters and grandkids. It'll out last them.

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I Am Proud To Own This One!

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debraehart on February 22, 2013 (updated March 21, 2013)
Professional Blues Gospel Rock Classic Rock Country

I purchased one of these Vibe Custom Telecasters over a year ago. The feel and playability, quality, and look of this guitar was awesome! I loved the fact that it came with the rosewood fingerboard too. I was looking for a Telecaster to modify, hot rod, and put a Bigsby B-5 on it. This Squier Vibe beat out an American Tele and a Mexican Tele at the time. I immediately did the following to this awesome guitar: Installed a new handcut real bone nut, installed new larger white pearl side-dots on the side of the neck (originals are too small, and the amber clear over them makes them hard to see), I replaced the pickguard with a black one (American ones fit perfectly with no holes needing to be relocated), and put a set of Barden pickups in it, and upgraded the pots to CTS 250K's, new Fender 3-way switch, and Electrosocket jack mount and a Switchraft jack, added shielding paint, a star ground, etc. This guitar is so sweet now that it was chosen to be on the Bigsby site, and has been there for over a year. If you hover over the pictures you will find it, it's the one that Deb Hart pops up when you're over it. The pickup and electronic upgrades made this guitar a pro-player guitar, and the quality and feel of this thing is stellar! I love this guitar and am proud to own it! You just can't go wrong buying one of these! They are a deal and they perform as well as much higher priced options, right out of the box! Bone stock they are sweet! You really need to go play one, and buy one today--no kidding! Thanks Fender!

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Model Name: Classic Vibe Telecaster® Custom, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0303030500
Series: Classic Vibe
MSRP: $599.99
Color: 3-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
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: Rosewood
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: Pearloid 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 American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tips: Top Hat Style

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Double-Bound Body, "C" Shape Maple Neck, Knurled Chrome Control Knobs, Vintage Tinted Neck, White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays, Gold Squier Logo, "Top-Hat" Blade Switch Tip, Synthetic Bone Nut