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telegib

Canada

Aug 26th, 2015 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not like I need another Tele because I have several but I just couldn't resist buying a CV 50's Tele.

I already own a CV 60's Tele and a 60th Anniversary CV 50's Strat so I thought what the heck!

I am quite impressed how the Squiers play and sound and I have been watching reviews on these for the past week. I'm thinking that it will be a great gigging guitar. I changed out the pups on my CV 60's Tele but in all honesty I thought they sounded fine. But I went with Fender Vintage Noiseless and they have worked out pretty good.

I should have the CV 50's Tele in about a week.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 07:20 AM, Aug 26th, 2015)

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Aug 26th, 2015 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are a fantastic value for the $$. There are two other lines that are similar: the Yamaha Pacifica and PRS SE. You cannot make a bad choice with any of these. But as always, play before you buy because you'll find one that is a real honey.

I'm pretty sure the early issues of these CVs came equipped with Vintage Vibe pickups.

Which were very good-sounding.

telegib

Canada

Aug 26th, 2015 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They say Alnico V on the CV's now. You are also correct about the Pacifica guitars as I already own 3 of them. 1 of them is an old Pacifica 112 from several years ago. The other 2 are only recent.

I have a Pacifica 611 with a P90 and a Humbucker both by Seymour Duncan and the other Pacifica features 2 Duncan P90's and were a limited run.

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Aug 26th, 2015 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm pretty sure the early issues of these CVs came equipped with Vintage Vibe pickups."

From what I've read online (and seen in my CV 50's) the pickups are manufactured for Fender/Squier by Tonerider. (mine's a 2014 model)

The numbers on the back of the pickups are the the same as these, but there has been an upgrade to the "actual" Toneriders. Don't know how it applies to the OEM ones.

I have some posts in the the Tele forum about the pickups and my CV 50 if you're interested.

Vintage Plus

Peegoo
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Aug 26th, 2015 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Toneriders! That's it!

Did they come from S. Africa? I seem to recall that...but hell--I goofed up the maker anyway, so I'll blame my Alzheimer's!

Mick Reid
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Aug 26th, 2015 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can relate to the Alzheimer's Peegoo!
Although in my case it's really dementia!

The Toneriders are made in China, but are owned/designed by a guy in the UK named Andrew Cunningham. I've talked to him a couple of times on the phone and he was very nice and helpful.

telegib

Canada

Aug 26th, 2015 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the info guys.

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Aug 31st, 2015 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had the CV 50s tele in blonde for two years now. No regrets.

telegib

Canada

Sep 2nd, 2015 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just received my CV 50's Classic today. What an awesome guitar. Took it out of the box and was immediately stunned by how good it looked. Beautiful grain, The hardware is excellent. The fit and finish is flawless. Action is perfect. Intonation is spot on. Neck is straight.

And the stock Pups sound great! How do they do it?

I'm impressed!

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Sep 2nd, 2015 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

CNC machining and the industry giving a crap about its clunkers (thanks Keith Brawley for his time at Squier for making them seriously up their game, and they're now far better than they were under his tenure) has made a world of difference.

That and there's now legit competition on the low end for quality (as well as stuff that's not just absolute bottom low end) and Fender as well as Gibson et al have realized there's room for "high end" budget models like the CVs and the mid-range Epis, etc.

We're a long way from plywood body Bullets.

stinger22

USA

Sep 2nd, 2015 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My blond is not up to my AmStd 60th Anniversary but it sure outshines the MIM Standards I have played. I replaced the stock bridge with a SD Jerry Donahue but I don't think it sounds any better than the Tone Rider. Did install brass bridge and control plate and watching them age gives it a more vintage look. But out of the box a fine guitar.

telegib

Canada

Sep 2nd, 2015 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the CV 60's tele too. I replaced the original Pups with VN Tele pups. To be honest I am thinking about putting the originals back in.

The CV 50's Tele Pups sound way better IMO.

My guitar plays fantastic. To the extent that I am jealous of my own CV because it plays just as good or outshines some of my Fenders! LOL.


Beautiful budget priced instrument. I am very happy to see instruments being produced that is priced so that people can afford and is actually a great instrument.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 08:43 PM, Sep 2nd, 2015)

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Nov 6th, 2015 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keith Brawley is the guy who gave Squier a kick in the butt back when, and started the process to upgrade the product line.

Keith is now at Taylor.

We had a chance to sit down together and catch up at the January NAMM show earlier this year in Anaheim.

He is a very smart and personable guy who has made music his career.

ruger9

USA/NJ

Nov 10th, 2015 03:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

re: the pickups... I was just doing research on this last night... because a 50's CV in white blonde w/Alnico THREE pickups has been on my list for awhile now...

HAS Fender changed the specs? It used to be the BB came with A5s and the WB came with A3s... do BOTH models now come with A5s? Because the A3s were actually a big selling point for me... I could swap them of course, Analogman sells the Fralin-made Jim Weider A3 tele pickups, but still...

brentg

USA

Nov 16th, 2015 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At the Sweetwater site the Vintage blonde tele is listed with A5 pickups...That's to bad
I really like mine with the A3's
And like Ruger9 said it was a selling point to customers... why break a good thing?

External link Sweetwater CV tele blonde

reverendrob
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Nov 16th, 2015 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could call and ask.

The Sweetwater reps could find out.

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Nov 17th, 2015 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you really want A3 pickups AND really like the CV Teles, you could always get a set of Tonerider Hot Classic Tele pickups (A3) for 80 bucks and put them in.
Tonerider is who makes the OEM pickups that Squier puts in the CV's. They are very good pickups and very good value.

I swapped out the stock ones in my CV 50's BSB for a set of Custom Shop Twisted Tele pups, but kept them in my CV Thinline.
In hindsight, if I had only swapped the neck pup, I would have been plenty happy with the stock bridge pickup.
Just another option for you.

Toneriders in NH

ruger9

USA/NJ

Nov 17th, 2015 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's pretty obvious now that Fender HAS changed the Blonde's pickups to A5... they are listed that way everywhere as well as on the Fender site. It would be nice to know WHEN they made that change, so if one is buying a used CV 50s we might have an idea of what pickups are actually in it.

That being said, I wonder if this pickups were nothing more than the Fender Original Vintage pickups? Because those are A3, and available everywhere, so it would be an easy "upgrade"

ruger9

USA/NJ

Nov 17th, 2015 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick,

Thanks so much for that info on the Toneriders!!! How do you know they are OEMs in the CVs? Did Tonerider tell you?

brentg

USA

Nov 19th, 2015 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got a email back today from sweetwater. The rep stated the pickups have changed on the vintage blonde to alnico 5 but did have any info why..other than maybe they "fender" wanted to update the blondes tone..mmmmmm. Time will tell what that move is all about.

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