Squier's Classic Vibe Telecaster® '50s puts classic "blackguard" Telecaster vibe into a gorgeous Vintage Blonde-finished pine-body guitar--you'll be hard-pressed to tell whether or not you are holding a premium ash-body instrument. The vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has a maple Fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5" radius. Distinctive Telecaster tone rings from the custom alnico III single-coil pickups, giving clear note separation even when distorted, strong midrange dynamic response and plenty of solo high-end bite.
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I agree with Frankso in his review. I got mine used, no damage, and with a Seymour Duncan Lil '59 single-coil sized humbucker in the bridge. When I first picked it up in the store, it just "felt right". The low E was out of tune, and I found out that some previous budding axe-man had put it into drop D tuning. Being as I was looking at it for more blues/country style twang, I had to ask myself why someone would drop D tune a Tele. Being an amateur myself, and forgetting at the time that many teles have been used in Rock and some metal (harken back to Cinderella and "Gypsy Road", is what comes to mind now that I know), I told the salesman that I needed a tuner because someone had put it into drop D and I wanted to check and make sure that the rest was tuned properly.
I made the comment that teles werent rock/metal guitars, and he took it, plugged it into a marshall, and RIPPED!!!!! That sold me right there. There is NOTHING wrong with the pine body. The original '52 Teles had pine bodies. Gives it a nice, warm tone, and still gets the job done with some of the "harder" stuff. This one is definitely a keeper.
Squier, you hit it out of the park with this one. Aside from a fret polish and dressing the sharp edges a bit, this guitar needed NOTHING. I doubt the previous owner ever did anything with it. My cousin, who sets up guitars on the side and is a damned good luthier in his own right, was extremely impressed with the build, fit, and finish of this model. He had to tweak nothing on this. Just polish and dress the frets, and now I have a guitar that sees more playtime from me than even my "real" 1998 Gibson Les Paul, which I absolutely love. This Tele does bright way better.
JPower5641 owns this item
I owned two Stratocasters in the past: a Standard and a Road Worn. Now I own a Clapton signature.
But I always have been fascinated by the Telecaster.
I found a Classic Vibe used, and the price was very affordable, the model, vintage style as i wished. White, maple glossy neck, black pickguard, vintage tuners.. rough and beautiful.
It had a damaged string nut and the switch was loose but I bought it ... somebody says that Tele the more is distressed the more it play well... it seems to true.
I felt good playing it from the very first moment.
Now I fixed the nut and the switch and it plays amazing.. I play it every day with the same pleasure.. Yes is not a branded Fender, is a Squier but who cares! it plays exactly as a very good Telecaster does.
frankso owns this item
This was my first electric guitar, and what can I say, the thing is amazing. The maple neck is the most amazing neck I have seen on a Squier. The pickups are well-balanced, and also have a great tone on both the bridge and neck pickup.
72customshop owns this item
I work in a small guitar shop near Detroit. We got one of these in yesterday and it absolutely blew me away. First of all it's gorgeous! A PINE BODY!!! Seriously one of the best acoustic woods for a solid body guitar, but be careful, it doesn't take much to nick it. And it actually has brass saddles, this guitar has amazing sustain! I know they're putting them on the American Special but seriously, they haven't been on a guitar at this price since before you were born. OK, the pickups aren't the best but for what they are they sound pretty good. And for a just few extra bucks you can grab some '52 pickups and have an amazing, unique Telecaster even a pro would take on stage!
I found this baby in a pawnshop for under $200.00. I had 5 other Tele's at the time. I played it thru a frontman 25r (Which I have also) Who ever owned it had some work done to it. The upgraded bone nut was perfect. I got the classic James Burton sound found on my old Ricky Nelson 45's. I didn't need another Tele, but for und 200 I had to get it. The fit and finish is top notch, It is super light and well balanced. I grew up with the 1980's Fenders from Japan with the thick neck finish which I love anyway. I have the 52 re-issue pickups in 2 of my Tele's and Texas Specials in another. The tone of this little guy rides side by side with these other Tele's. This classic vibe had some serious setup work done, It plays fantastic. When I let someone play it, they ask me if I want to sell it. If a guitar is that good that's what guys want. The only thing i would change is the color. If this was a 1500 guitar i'd dock a point. I love the colors of the 54-59 maple neck tele's with white pickguards. This guitar is too white, and i dont like black pickguards. Other than that this is one great guitar. If you even think you need a Tele. I think this is the best Tele on the market for und $1000.00
guido owns this item
I've played many teles, mostly USA models and a few MIMs as well as a Squier Japan Strat from '84 (very good!!)
I've owned strats, Warrior, several high end and vintage Gibsons, Ibanez RGs and such
This guitar is absolutely amazing for the price -the thinline even more so.
I couldn't believe how well made it was, how well it sounded, the very high end guitar playablity -even more than a lot of USAs imo.
Its light, the pine has nice resonance and the pups are splendid for this price.
It plays better and feels better than many USA models, no kidding. Hard to believe its a Squier.
I wonder if its actually a custom shop with a Squier label just to let Fender see many people figure out the trick.
Just kidding but it really is as good as all the reviews.
At this price a hands down all time winner easily equal to a ton of other guitars costing 5 x as much.
I sure hope Fender US don't get jealous and dumb down production of these babies. lol
The perfect tele for anyone from beginners to top dollar pros.
Humble yourselves guys, just cause it says "Squier" doesn't mean shit anymore! This pure Fender quality!
Way to go Squier! Keep up the great Vibes ;-)
I am playing this guitar on a regular basis on jams in bars or legions, and I have to say you don't need to spend 1.000 or more for a Telecaster,
the Vibe plays very nice, sounds good and looks great, what I like the most it is light, you can have that guitar on you for hours and your shoulder is fine, anyway the vibe is my Tele and I like it a lot.
Gretscher owns this item
I actually bought one of these based on reviews seen on TDPRI Forum. Not the best way to buy a guitar but the reviews were spot on.
My first impressions of the finish were mixed. There were marks underneath the lacquer on the Pine that shouldn't have been there. I got another guitar sent and although this has a couple of very small marks under the lacquer, they are barely noticeable. However when I took it home and peeled off the scratch plate protector, there were burn marks on it, so I had a new scratch plate sent which I fitted myself.
Swapping the scratch plates gave me the chance to see what's under the surface. The fit and finish underneath is superb, with no rough edges and all the compartments painted. The quality of the lacquer on the body and neck is excellent too. And why don't they fit these classic tuners to all guitars? They are the best.
I really enjoy playing it, it has a classic (classy) tone. I haven't decided which pick-up position I like the best yet but it is versatile.
I have heard that the neck pick-up has been known to fail but should be covered under warranty.
Look up Anderton's on YouTube and watch their blind fold test of this, a Mexican standard, an American standard and a Custom Shop Tele. It's this review that clinched it for me.
I would suggest that you buy it from your local dealer, give it a play and a good look over.
I stand by my 5 star rating. The design, the combination of parts and materials is genius, just a shame that the QC team aren't a bit more vigilant.
VintageBrit owns this item
When I want to play a Tele, this is the one I play. When I'm doing amp or pedal testing, I use this guitar. Why? Because it has the classic Tele tone and playability, time after time. I know what this guitar plays and sounds like so I'm not thinking about the guitar, I can pay attention to the amp or pedal under test. This guitar just feels good in your hands, like it belongs there. A super guitar at an even better price. If you are on the fence about this guitar, jump down and go buy one before they realize what a deal it is!
I have to start saying that the telecaster has its own spirit, is a design that reflects lots of common sense, simplicity and orientation to performance. This model has all the Mojo, in the same way the tele was first conceived by Leo, after all the tele was designed for to be rough, sturdy and reliable instrument for professional musicians. The materials on this guitar are in my opinion the best you can find in a guitar on this price range under 500 dollars. The neck is unbelievable perfect and smooth resembling the axes of the 50s and the body of pide gives the guitar a ligth weigth with the adition of the wood grain pattern and tonal character similar to the swamp ash. The guitar has an exelent hardware and the set up can be made very easy. This guitar is the gig musician best secret tool .
jancrenespitty owns this item
Buy this guitar. It is Great Looking and Great Playing. I cannot tell the difference between this and a Standard except that you get all of the great vintage parts.
omicronkappa278 owns this item
Overall it's a great sounding Telecaster, out of the box it plays good.
The playability is great and the the has a nice "Twang"
Only remark I have is that it needs a setup job since the intonation is slightly off.
jurjen.bos owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Vibe Telecaster® '50s, Maple Fingerboard, Vintage Blonde|
|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:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|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|
|Bridge:||3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||"C" Shape Maple Neck, Knurled Chrome Control Knobs, Vintage Tinted Neck, Black Dot Position Inlays, Gold Squier Logo, Original Barrel Switch Tip, Synthetic Bone Nut|
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