Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50 Review 2022

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s

The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s is designed after one of the world’s most recognizable guitars with a modern twist. Its look and feel is right out of the 50s and is truly an excellent modern Stratocaster!

Let’s take a look at what this guitar can do!

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Review

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Features

First, let’s take a look at some key features of the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s guitar.

  • Alder Body
  • Gloss Sunburst Finish
  • Maple “C” Shape Neck
  • Maple Finger Board
  • 25.5 inch scale with 21 frets
  • Custom Vintage Style Single Coil Strat Pick-ups
  • Great sounding Strat


  • Materials and Design
  • Velvet Smooth Stratocaster Tone
  • Feels Great To Play
  • Quality Pick-ups and Hardware
  • Different Colors to Choose From
  • Left-hand Model Available


  • A set up may be required out of the box
  • Some have reported quality issues
Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s rear

Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Body

Firstly, the alder body just looks and feels like a stratocaster and comes in a few different finishes. This will bring you back in time with this vintage shape and tinted gloss finish.

The cut away and 3 pick-up pick guard really give it a Fender vibe from the 50s! It is a beautiful design and feels like a high quality strat.

The wood grain just looks great, and we really enjoyed the look of the sunburst model we reviewed. The attention to detail in the re-creation of this 50s era stratocaster is bang on and resonates well!

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Neck

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Neck

Secondly, the Squier classic vibe strat 50s electric guitar neck is made from maple and screwed to the body. This “C” shaped neck is very comfortable and easy to play.

The neck features a 25.5 inch scale and thanks to the cut away in the body, it is easy to get around the 21 fret maple board.

The headstock has a vintage look to it and features the truss rod adjustment at the nut. The neck is finished with a tinted vintage gloss and is very smooth.

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s electronics

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Hardware

Thirdly, the squier classic vibe strat 50s comes with 3 custom vintage-style single coil pick-ups. These pick-ups really capture that rich, warm tone and deliver that versatility that stratocasters are known for.

They are well-made and sound great paired with the resonance of the alder body! The guitar also features 1-volume control, 2 tone controls and a selector switch for plenty of tonal variation.

The bridge is your standard vintage style synchronized vibrato with front mounted chrome output jack. The nut is made from bone and the tuners are a chrome die-cast set that feel pretty good and hold tune well.

They even used shielding paint under the pick guard to keep the single coil pick-ups as quiet as possible.

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Guitar

Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Sound

So, now that you know a bit about the Squier classic vibe stratocaster 50s electric, the question is, how does it sound? We enjoyed the Squier Stratocaster and found it to be pretty close to the higher end guitars.

Our trips to NAMM and our access to high-end guitars have allowed us to play some real vintage strats and Squier has come very close with this one.

It’s got the warmth and dynamics, but is velvet smooth sounding. It is actually quite incredible how good this strat sounds for the money!

We recommend the Squier classic vibe stratocaster if you are starting out and need a good vintage style electric.

This will get you into that era at an excellent price and excellent sound quality. You won’t be disappointed with this guitar!

Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Feel

But how does the Squier classic vibe stratocaster 50s feel? The neck is great and is comfortable to play.

The action was nice, and the strat has a vintage vibe to it for sure. Its resonance is great and feel is awesome. It’s an amazing stratocaster and playing it was a wonderful experience!

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s At NAMM

We ran into the Strat while at NAMM and got to spend some extra time with it. The players who had some experience with the guitar all agreed it is one great strat. If this is in your price point, you will enjoy this guitar!

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Namm
Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Neck at NAMM
Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s Introduction

Conclusion And Final Thoughts

There are many great electric guitars in this price range available these days that play and sound great. The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s is well worth the money for sure!

The build quality, solid materials, cut away, electronics, sound and the vintage vibe just to name a few, are all top shelf and great quality. This guitar is as close you will get to a Fender Vintage Style Stratocaster without dropping a lot more money!

We recommend this guitar for beginners and seasoned players as it is fantastic for the money. Fender has been re-producing some great guitars with their Squier brand guitars. Musicians are quite fortunate to be able to jump into a guitar like this for so little money.

The attention to detail sound, and build quality are perfect for a beginner to get started with a vintage style Stratocaster.

If you are a more experienced player, you will absolutely love the tone and feel, there is something for everyone.

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