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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Squier classic vibe 50´s telecaster

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Sep 13th, 2012 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

It took a lot of restraint to not buy one of these today. Plugged it in through a 66 Pro Reverb. Goodness, I couldn't find one thing wrong with it, from playability to tone to fit and finish. The shop had two, one natural the other white. Both were consistent in quality.

FDP Data Goon

Hero, hero

you have done so well...
Sep 13th, 2012 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

There really aren't anything wrong with most of the Squier stuff these days that's not $100.

I've gotten a Mascis Jazzmaster (first of the cheap offsets to emerge), a surf green Jaguar, and a Sonic Blue Mustang (courtesy the man who ordered exactly the color I wanted before he flipped it to me!).

The only two problems I have with any of them (other than both the surf green and sonic blue are a lighter hue than I'd like in a perfect world, but within what Fender sells typically) is the pickguard screw holes on the Jaguar were very rough under the guard, and the Mustang has a slightly uglier piece of rosewood than would have normally cleared QC than what I've seen.

Both very minor things that do not affect playability at all.

For once even the necks are decent and don't cramp up my arm too.



Workin on my chops
Sep 14th, 2012 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

@reverandbob, I've had good luck even w/ the $100 squiers. Most just need a little nut lube and strings stretched and they are good to go.

FDP Data Goon

Hero, hero

you have done so well...
Sep 14th, 2012 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

They're playable, don't get me wrong.

Worlds better than what was a starter instrument for a hundred bucks when I started 20-something years ago...it's just that well, thankfully, I don't have to stay that low on the food chain.



Another Mamby-Pamby Land Jackwagon
Nov 8th, 2012 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried out a few Teles recently, and was very impressed with the tone, feel, and playability of the Classic Vibe 50s. It was the most "Telecaster-like" of all the ones I tried.

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I am "That Guy"
Nov 8th, 2012 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ther's a nice used one at the local pawnshop. Owner apparently "aged" the hardware and did an excellent job. The body has a few minor dings so it looks like a closet classic.

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Hotlanta, Jawga

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Nov 8th, 2012 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Worlds better than what was a starter instrument for a hundred bucks when I started 20-something years ago...it's just that well, thankfully, I don't have to stay that low on the food chain."

Wha? I thought that you were the King of Squiers? Or is it just the newer ones that are "low on the food chain"? ;o)

Tony F

Downtown USA

When you come to fork in road take it
Nov 19th, 2012 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm gassin for a CV Custom tele :-)


Bothell, WA

Apr 8th, 2013 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 50s cv and another tele with a twang king. Stock cv pup sounds almost identical to the twang king into.



May 28th, 2013 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I havent been playing long and am a new learner, but I bought one the other day.

All I can say is WOW WOW WOW, these things can really sing, even the finish was immaculate. I tried the Mexican Tele, Mexican Strat and was (of course) really impressed. Then the salesman brought out a Classic Vibe 50's Tele. In my mind I was thinking, na, not Squier, but then I played a few chords and a few licks and the thing just had "buy me" written all over it.

I think for what you get with the budget price is astonishing as opposed to forking out the extra £120 for the Mexicans.

Really impressed, every time I walk past the damn thing I just have to play it......

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Rockland County, NY

So many drummers, so little time.
May 28th, 2013 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I havent been playing long and am a new learner, but I bought one the other day."

Which model CV did you get?

I have the Tele Custom (Sunburst) and the BSB. I'm only a hobbiest so these CV Teles are more than I need, but the online reviews on these guitars is consistently positive and often the reviewers prefer the CV's to their MIM and even their MIA guitars. I've never owned a Fender branded Tele, but after I bought my first CV Tele (Vintage Blond), I'd continuely check out the MIM's in GC, and I never foun one that I prefered to the CV.



May 28th, 2013 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I say I havent been playing long, I mean for a few months, just gotten past the learning chords stage and moving onto some solo/riff stuff.

I got the BSB model, which I believe is the next one down from the Tele Custom (not sure exactly what the difference is.) I've been banging away on it for 5 days non stop, doing lots of string bending and chord stuff, and havent had to re-tune it once.

Serial No CGS1228038 plus the tags from the factory.

If I was to make a change, the nut looks very plastic to me (synthetic bone is what it says in the specs) but that would be about it.

It costs about £300.00 here in the UK, as opposed to £437.00 for a MIM Strat or Tele. Amazing, and very pleased with it. 9/10 for me.....getting picky but loses a point for the nut, thats all.

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Somerset, UK

Slavering over a hot stave.
May 29th, 2013 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kiwifella, Fender have long used plastic nuts so don't feel short-changed by synthetic bone. Fender and Squier nuts tend to be OK.



Jun 22nd, 2013 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine isn't - not on my CV50s BB, anyway. Looks pretty soft to me under a magnifier, which I used because my 1st string kept popping out of the slot at just the wrong moment (is there a right one?) during solos. In fairness, it's a problem heightened by the placing of the button-type string-tree - a long way from the nut, as per the 50s originals.
As a stop-gap I popped a Floyd Rose bar on behind the nut, which kept things in place but doesn't do a lot for tuning stability, even with minimal break angle. Now I'm going to replace the nut with a Graphtech one, which should be a whole lot better all round.
Incidentally, I also have a Simon Neil Strat which has so far been okay, nut-wise (but I did replace the Mexican-spacing bridge with a US-style one with a heavy forged steel trem block).
Bottom Line: Squier nuts vary in quality...

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Jul 11th, 2013 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a white Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster a few weeks ago when working out of town. The only amps I had with me were the apps on my iPhone and a little Vox battery-operated amplifier. So I really wasn't able to get a good handle on the sound. Before buying it, I tried it through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe but couldn't crank it up in the music store.

I got home today and plugged it in to my Traynor YCV20, a fifteen watt tube amp. This is my favorite amp for surf music and for what I feel is vintage Fender single coil sound. I'm impressed with the sound of the Classic Vibe. I would play it a bit: stuff like Wipeout, Pipeline, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Walk Don't Run, etc. Then I would switch to my Jimmie Vaughan strat, 1998 American Deluxe strat, and then back to the CV '50s. The other guitars are great guitars in their own right but the CV '50s is as good as either of them and cost me a mere $379 plus ten per cent tax.

The CV 50 has that vintage, twangy sound I've been looking for. (Yeah, I know, what does that mean? I can't explain it but I know it when I hear it.) And I love that slim neck. I'm a fan of the neck on the Jimmie Vaughan strat but the CV 50 neck is way more comfortable as I have small hands and that neck fits like a glove. I'm also a fan of the vintage bridge because I like to hook my pinky finger on the underside of the bridge sometimes.

I'm sold on this guitar. I'm going to try out the CV 50 stratocaster next.

And as JimmySee said above, no need for upgrades.

(This message was last edited by fscott at 12:15 AM, Jul 12th, 2013)



Sep 7th, 2013 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

This guy seems to like 'em. And he has whatever he wants!

Size up the headstock. And he is not advertising the guitar or the company.

Classic Vibe 50's Tele

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Sep 23rd, 2013 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm amazed at what a bargain this telecaster is for the price!I have the Vintage Blonde. I just may spring for the BSB, too.


Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Nov 7th, 2013 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a zillion Teles today in my local music store, and the two best players were (1) Some sort of deluxe American reissue, for about $1500, and (2) A Squier CV, for about $400. Everything else was less playable, IMHO.

The deluxe sounded rather better, both acoustically and plugged in. It had heavier wood.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Jan 5th, 2014 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just played a CV50's Squier yesterday (butterscotch) w/all maple neck....I was very close to taking it home. I may still as it had all the tone and spank I could hear...just spoke to me. Of course, I really need to sell something before I get another guitar.

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Jan 13th, 2014 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

CV50 versus a Mexican, CV50 for me. Doesn't quite come up to my AmStd Tele but never played a Mex that was better. Has one of the best necks I have ever played. I did replace the bridge with a Jerry Donahue I had laying around but don't think it any better than the Tone Rider it came with.

(This message was last edited by stinger22 at 08:38 PM, Jan 13th, 2014)

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