The rough-and-tumble Classic Vibe Stratocaster® '60s evokes that musically adventurous decade, with a few modern features added. The alder body has a Three-Color Sunburst or Candy Apple Red finish; the '60s-era vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has a rosewood Fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5" radius. The thick tone comes from the alnico V single-coil pickups--quick attack with a bit more midrange force and a knockout bridge pickup. Custom staggered polepieces provide improved string-to-string balance.
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As someone getting back into playing after 2 decades, I wanted to go back to my roots (which was of course Fender)
Originally I was looking for a Standard MIM, since they are a workhorse and with a few minor modifications can be amazing instruments, more so than just out of the box. I live in a VERY small town, with the closest GC nearly 70miles one way. My choices for a purchase (other than online) were slim.
Walked into a semi new shop near town which had a fairly decent selection. Of course they had a beautiful American Standard, but for what I am looking for at this point in life I just couldn't justify the money.
They had 2 MIM Stds in stock, one brand new and the other a used Gilmour signature release, light lime green with EMGs/SSS. After looking over both I saw this Squier Strat sitting behind the other Std.
To start it had nearly everything I was looking for visually ( 3-Color Sunburst, SSS, Maple Neck/Rosewood Fretboard, etc..... ) The lightly aged volume, tone and switch tip were nicely done. The flamed tinted maple neck gives it a very "sexy" look, which caught my eye almost immediately. Now I know we don't buy guitars based solely on looks, cause lets face it a garbage guitar is garbage no matter how pretty it is! That said I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who honestly doesn't consider appearance at least to some degree.
When it comes down to the nitty gritty, what do I honestly think of this guitars performance? Well to put it bluntly, it sounded better than both the standards I played while at the store. It had better tone, sustain and it had that perfect play me feel to it. I do NOT feel in any way that I settled for a lesser instrument in the least, in fact I believe I got a solid performer that will last for many years to come.
In closing I am in NO hurry to make any mods ATM, but I would really like to hear this beauty purr scream with better pickups at some point in time.
LazyLightning owns this item
I got this because back in the 60's I had a 62 Strat and wanted to experience that again in an affordable product. Fit and finish are outstanding. The maple neck on this one is actually flame maple - beautiful (even though it isn't seen much) and quite the surprise. Sounds and feels like I remember my 62 did. Definitely good sound quality across the strings at any pickup. I've seen other brands that can get marginal toward the bass side, but not this one. Just extremely pleased with it.
iabuckyfan owns this item
I stopped by a local music store to pick up some guitar and mic stands. I saw this gorgeous Strat hanging on the wall. It was the '60s “Classic Vibe” Cherry.
While waiting for the clerk to check me out, the repair tech set me up with a fender tube amp and let me have at it, with the Classic Vibe. It was really a nice guitar. Owning a '72 Thinline I always wanted a classic Strat but could not cut the price.
I am a huge fan of Rob Chapman and Lee Anderton. That night, I watched their YouTube Review of the entire Strat Line. They gave the “Classic Vibe” very high marks and it sounded unbelievable in the video.
The next day, I want back to the store and purchased the guitar. I have electrics from most of the major names but this has become my all time fav. It is affordable excellence!
martinjbryan owns this item
I bought this as my first 'proper' guitar a few years back after months of 'starter-strat' pain... The guitar is perfect for beginners looking to move forward, but is even useful for advanced players. I now play in a full gigging and recording band and this guitar has remained a mainstay. I personally made one modification, adding a Seymour Duncan Hot Rail pickup into the bridge, and this guitar now comfortably competes with several other guitars I own well above its price tag. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a classic look, high performance, value for money guitar!
ChrisButler_IotaUK owns this item
This is my second guitar. And, six months after, I'm still delighted how comfortable it is to play with it. Specially, the fact that the action is pretty low. I own the Sunburst version, and it's a beauty! But as everything, there are pros and cons...
I value the tone over everything, so, IMO...
the first thing you should do is to change the strings, the original 009 will eat up all your tone. Put some 010 and it will sound way better.
The NECK and MIDDLE pickups sound fantastic, just as a strat should sound.
On the other hand, the BRIDGE pickup... Awgh it does not fit my ears... I simply don't use it. I'm planning on changing this pickup.
If you live in a tropical island, the pick guard screws get rusty pretty fast! The ones in my guitar did!
Carvus owns this item
I've been playing electric guitar for over 30 years and in that time I've been fortunate to play a lot of good instruments, a lot of so-so instruments and a lot of dogs. I recently bought a CV series '60's strat and it immediately went into the 'GOOD' category!
This is a very well built and sounding instrument - period. Not 'for the price' - it's good regardless. I have to admit I bought it with the full expectation that a pot/wiring/nut change would be almost required and that later I'd want to change out the pickups. I was wrong.
After 6 months of ownership that has included home use, studio recordings, band rehearsals and gigs it's still stock and I have every intention of keeping it that way. Why?
The build quality is excellent - solid, well put together, just like you's expect and want. The neck is thinnish but I like that. No matter - the build of the neck is superb as is the fretwork. Everything well polished and finished. The finish on the body is superb.
Sound is subjective of course but to me this sounds exactly how a Strat 'should'. As I said, I thought I'd want to change the pickups to something like Fralins but the CV pickups are fantastically voiced.
If you are looking for a vintage styled Strat you really should check these out! Put it this way: I also currently a standard Mexican made Strat. If that got lost or stolen I would be, of course, annoyed and upset. If it happened to my CV I'd be truly gutted.
A really, really good guitar. Squier got everything right on this one!
Porrig owns this item
In my honest opinion, this one should be qualified on the Fender guitar line. It doesn't feel like a Squier anymore, it's more than that. It sounds very good, first of all, the bridge pickup has some crunch in it. It's very suitable for Grunge (Nirvana) and rhythmic riffs because it has a lot of mid-range. And with enough gain/distortion, the single coil-tone screams and very suitable for instrumental rock and other lead/solo stuff. It's a very clean sounding pickup too when in clean, you can play some 80's pop / jangly stuff from the 80's like The Smiths. When the bridge pickup and the middle pickup are mixed, you can pull off the classic Stratocaster twangy tone which is also good for funk style of playing. The middle pickup is very good when mixed with the neck pickup, you can pull off some Billy Corgan tones in it and play some TSP songs. The neck pickup is not too bassy but it has enough bass and mids, and is not trebly. You can get a very vintage jazz tone with it and with the right overdrive, you can play singing-like leads/solos with it. The pickups are really great because it's not just a standard single coil pickups found on the lower models. But I really love the sound of the bridge pickup because I can really pull of smooth to heavy distorted tones, especially I'm a total fan of Nirvana, the bridge pickup really does the job. Plus, the 3-tone sunburst is amazingly beautiful and really mixes well with the tort pickguard and the aged white plastic knobs/switches. I also love the feel of the neck, it is very comfortable for me to play even at higher frets and the tinted neck and headstock are really beautiful. I've had this guitar for about 4 months, and I'm still in love with this guitar just like the first day I bought it. I highly recommend this guitar for those who are looking for a budget-friendly strat and wants a Fender-like one. I am not hesitant to say that this Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster really sounds like a Fender guitar.
mightycornholio owns this item
Feels very good in my hands. I'll Play Hendrix and Albert King style rock blues.
I'll make my Squier perfect in tune. You can get a very nice Hendrix tone from this guitar.
I am very happy with the tone and playability.
Jeromaskus owns this item
It was a highly affordable guitar at the time. The tone was and is awesome, I think better than some Fenders.
It has really smooth neck, which I was very surprised how good It plays. It stays in-tune really good, as I m tuning it into Eb frequently (when I'm playing SRV style). The pickups are also very,very good. I'm very satisfied with this guitar, and I would highly recommend It to beginners as to professionals... 5+ stars :)
Gabriel Cervenak owns this item
As my first electric guitar, I am not disappointed. I have played other quality guitars and I have to say that this guitar's playability is on par with them, if not better. This guitar has a great, versatile sound. I purchased this guitar from Amazon and I would recommend you do the same, unless you can get it used for cheaper. I purchased the 3-tone Sunburst model and noticed that the image of the guitar on the Fender website presents the guitar to be a lighter color. In real life the guitar looks smoother and the head has a darker and more warm shade. This guitar is of quality above the Squier label and you will not be disappointed with your purchase.
montyax owns this item
This guitar is amazing. I was given it for my 6 birthday and have owned it for the subsequent years, and have very rairly used anything else, from original state this is a great guitar, however I would say the only let down where the pickups which I replaced for loller strat pickups. But enough of the negative. The shape and feel of this guitar are amazing, I love the fact that it never loses tuning.
I would recommend this to anyone. And it is amazing for the price
Jw-music owns this item
I'll be very honest.
I have to admit that I would've NEVER buy or even try in a shop a Squier guitar...
but this Classic Vibe series is just AMAZING!
Got the 60s sunburst some days ago and I'm really surprised of how nice this instrument is.
The most remarkable features for me would be:
- it's a VERY light guitar (which i really like)
- the neck! (flamed maple and vintage gloss laquer)!! Never seen this on a Squier
- the tuners are really nice
- really straty sound, I don't think i have to change the pickups at all.
- the feel
- the overall finish of the guitar is stunning!
Fender will hate for this, but i think this guitar is very comparable to all their MIM guitars and better than some of them (except for the RoadWorn, of course).
I like this Squier much more than a Mexican standard stratocaster, that's for sure.
PS: Sorry for my english, but I really had to share the joy of having this guitar with all of you!
RafaDelCarpio owns this item
My first guitar was a Squier Tele Custom, and after that guitar I really wanted a strat. I tried out every strat I could find. I found that this Squier felt right, the moment I touched it. It just feels so great and plays really well. Comparing to Mexican models and even the lower priced (highway one) American models, this one was not only by far the cheapest, but honestly the better guitar. And she is beautiful too ;)
After testing, I chose this guitar, and I never regretted it for a second. In fact, the past year I played a Fernandes Tele for the most part, but since a few months I'm back to playing my Squier, and I forgot how absolutely great it was. I'm using it through a Fender Deluxe Reverb RI tube amp. Just fell in love all over again.
Have to say that I changed the pickups to GFS Boston Blues pups. There not necessarily better, just different. The low price isn't magic by the way. This guitar has a skinny tremolo block, small pots, and kind of a cheap switch. But no complaint from me about these parts. They haven't failed me yet. Another thing that keeps surprising me is that this guitar stays in TUNE. Better than any guitar I've owned. It stays in tune even when travelled in a bag or case and with using the tremolo.
So that's about it. A very VERY good guitar. Not even 'for the money'. Just a great guitar. With no 'high-end-nonsense'. This guitar has some cheap parts, but who cares. Apparently it all doesn't matter. If you find that this guitar sounds like shit, you should just practice more!
I'll be definitely buying another Classic Vibe guitar! Or the vintage modified telecaster special.. nice one too! Check it out!
joeponguitar owns this item
Hi. For those of you who need a good guitar that doesn't cost so much, this is the guitar for you. i bought one two years ago and i do not regret it. Very good guitar for people who need a new guitar, and wants the guitar to look like fender. The Squier Classic Vibe 60´s Stratocaster has good sound, nice pickups, and it its simple most one of the best Stratocaster of Squier by Fender. It think it's as good as Fender Mexican Stratocasters. Believe me, you will not be dissatisfied
Hi, I was bought my Squier for my 60th birthday, a present from my Wife. I have always messed about on guitars for years but never really learning anything. Since having the strat, I have enjoyed playing it so much I have seriously started to play more and learn. It is so easy to play, even my humble skills sound good ( I now have a Marshall 50w and Zoom G1XN pedal ). The only difference I can assertain is that the tremelo bar isnt as effective as on a Fender Strat, but i dont use it much anyways.. The quality and feel is amazing and makes me feel confident to get more out of it.. Now bought myself a Yamaha FG700s accoustic to strengthen my fingers and hone my learning. I shall never be "Clapton", but I shall damm well try lol
Steve Gunn owns this item
I just got my Classic Vibe 60s Strat a few days ago. I brought it to a gig last night and it played beautifully!
I also own a John Mayer Strat and this Squier has almost the same specs as the Mayer Strat (especially neck radius and looks).
This guitar is a great option if you are a fan of John Mayer and can't afford the 'real thing' - or if you are looking for a good back-up guitar!
martinmarkvoll owns this item
I bought this guitar in 2009. It's my guitar of choice when it comes to gigs and not only because of its sentimental value.
This guitar has the best value for money in the market. It's very well built and it has quality materials. The finish and tone catch the 60's vibe, this guitar delivers.
It's a perfect beginner guitar unless you're seriously into modern metal, and even if you are an amateur and you are looking for your first Strat, you might have just found what you were looking for. Fellow guitarists are astonished when they realize it's actually a Squier I'm playing.
Easy to play, versatile, reliable, eye-catching...that's what makes a guitar a Fender Stratocaster, right?
Ricard-Stang owns this item
This guitar has good action and solid build. The tone is classic. Though inexpensive, there's nothing on this guitar that seems cheap. It would be a fantastic guitar for a beginner because it is so easy to play and it sounds so good. I have more expensive guitars, but I often play this one because it is just fun to play.
randomguy owns this item
Not much to say. It is a very good guitar, not only for the price, but compared to much more expensive guitars also. I have one and it's seriously my favorite guitar of every guitar I've ever played.
flipex owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Vibe Stratocaster® '60s, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Aged White Knobs, Pickup Covers and Switch Tip, Vintage Tinted Neck, White Dot Position Inlays, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut|
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