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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s

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Butterscotch Blonde$379.99

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Product Description

The Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Telecaster in butterscotch blonde delivers an original promise. Setting this guitar apart from the Classic Vibe ’50s Telecaster in vintage blonde, is a custom set of alnico 5 single-coil pickups that provide warmth and clarity and enough punch for country, blues, rock and jazz. The Telecaster quickly became an everyman’s guitar in the 1950s because of its versatile sound, ease of playing and reasonable cost.

The Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster features include a gorgeous 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 inch fretboard radius.

Product Specifications
Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Colors: Butterscotch Blonde
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body: Pine
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern C Shape,
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5 inch Radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele Pickups with AlNiCo 5 Magnets (Neck and Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • 3-Position Pickup Blade:
    • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3: Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge (3 Brass Barrel Saddles)
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.625 inches (41.3 mm)
  • 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
  • Strings:
  • Case (optional): FEN 0996301506 (sold separately)


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Phone:  480-596-7195 Warranty:  1 Year
Dustin L. from LaCrosse, Wisconsin
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General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
In my opinion this guitar is a great buy. If you are looking to get that solid country sound then look no further. The Classic Vibe Telecaster not only looks a lot like an expensive '52 reissue, but it sounds pretty good as well.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
This guitar is made in China but it was very well made. Solid vintage tuners and hardware as far as I can tell. It could use a better Nut material however, I think it's plastic.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The feel of the neck is very nice. I would consider it to be a fairly thin "c" profile neck with medium sized frets. I really like how Squire/Fender paid attention to keeping modern features on their Classic Vibe without getting too far away from that 50's era. I have played an actual '54 Telecaster and the frets were quite a bit smaller. I really didn't care for it to be honest and I couldn't even tell you how many thousands of dollars it was worth. The one feature that I do not like as much is the lacquered back of the neck. The glossy fretboard looks great but when I'm gigging a four hour show my hands get really sweaty and tended to stick to the glossy neck. I just sanded it down lightly with fine grain sand paper and now it's perfect.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
I am very happy with the tone of this guitar! The brass saddles and lipstick pickup really make those Country twang /chicken picking /Rockabilly genres super easy to achieve. The maple neck also compliments that bright, cut-through tone that is expected from a Telecaster. I really enjoyed the sweet Blues-Rock sounds that it is capable of too. It is a very versatile guitar!
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish was flawless. I have the vintage butterscotch model and it looks great. I really like how the pine grain that shows through the finish resembles and even rivals the much more expensive swamp ash body that vintage Telecasters would have been made from.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I feel as though I a got much more of the vintage look and sound from this guitar than I expected for the money I paid. This was a well worth $380 investment. This just shows that one doesn't need to cash in their life savings to get that solid Telecaster look and tone.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
The set up on my guitar was not perfect by any means right out of the box but it was very playable at least. The frets were nice and smooth and buzz-free but the action was a bit high for my liking. This was expected though so I don't really mind at all. Most new guitars need a proper set-up regardless.
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