Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Review
The Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s is designed after the Fender “black guard” telecaster that was credited with shaping modern music. It has a vintage tone and look that will take you back to the 50s, but at a price that any guitar player can afford.
Let’s take it for a test drive!
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Features
First, let’s take a look at some of the key features and specifications of the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s guitar.
- Pine Body
- Gloss Polyester Finish
- Maple “C” Shape Neck
- Maple Finger Board
- 25.5 inch scale with 21 frets
- Custom Vintage Style Tele Single Coil Pick-ups
- Vintage Sound and Feel
- Materials and Design
- Twang city Telecaster
- Feels Great To Play
- Quality Pick-ups and Hardware
- Different Colors to Choose From
- A set-up may be required out of the box
- Some have reported quality issues
- Stock Strings are Poor Quality
Who Is This Guitar For?
Squier is a subsidiary owned and operated by Fender. They make guitars that are direct model replacements that are aimed at beginners, students and intermediate players who desire a Fender guitar at an entry level price. But because of the great quality that Squier guitars builds, even the seasoned player can enjoy this telecaster in both sound and play ability.
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Body
Firstly, the pine body comes in two colors, vintage blond and butterscotch blond. Both will bring you back in time with this vintage shape and tinted gloss finish.
The cutaway and black pickguard give it a Fender vibe from the 50s! It is a beautiful design and feels like a higher-priced guitar.
The wood grain just looks great, and the pine body is lightweight. The resonance from the pine body helps give this Telecaster a great feel and sound. It’s got that Telecaster twang, for sure!
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Neck
Secondly, the Squier classic vibe telecaster 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 Telecaster 50s Hardware
Thirdly, the squier classic vibe telecaster 50s comes with a pair of custom vintage-style single coil pick-ups. These pick-ups really capture that rich, warm tone and deliver that telecaster twang.
They are well-made and sound great paired with the pine body! The guitar also features volume, tone and a selector switch for plenty of tonal variation.
The bridge is a vintage style telecaster – brass saddles in the ashtray – with string through the body which sticks to the telecaster nostalgia. Simply wouldn’t be the same without it!
The nut is made from bone and the tuners are a chrome die-cast set that feel pretty good and hold tune well.
Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Sound
So, now that you know a bit about the Squier classic vibe telecaster 50s electric, the question is, how does it sound? We enjoyed the Squier Telecaster 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 telecasters, and Squier has come close.
It’s got the twang and warmth, but has a bit more drive than you would find in a more expensive Telecaster. This isn’t a bad thing as it gives you more versatility, especially if starting out!
We recommend the Squier classic vibe telecaster if you are starting 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 Telecaster 50s Feel
But how does the Squier classic vibe telecaster 50s feel? The neck is great and is comfortable to play. The action was nice, and the Telecaster has a vintage vibe to it for sure. Its resonance is great and feel is awesome. It’s got all the telecaster mojo, that is for sure!
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 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 Telecaster without spending more! We recommend this guitar for anyone, even 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 Telecaster.
If you are a more experienced player, you will absolutely love the tone and feel, there is something for everyone.
Other Guitars To Consider
If the Squier telecaster isn’t quite what you were hoping for, then perhaps one of these alternatives might be a better fit for you.
Fender Player Series Telecaster
The Fender Player Series Telecaster is another great options for anyone who is looking for the twangy tone and the great feel that this guitar model has to offer. The Player Series guitars by Fender have been made in Mexico and are also well priced for beginners and students. A few things to note are the heavier body of this version, but that also brings some great tone and sustain.
G&L ASAT Classic
The G&L ASAT classic is another guitar made by Leo Fender. This was of course after he left the Fender company and started G&L. The ASAT classic was his last word on Telecaster designs and is considered by some to be some of the best. They are priced similarly to the Squier and Fender guitars and are a great alternative, knowing Leo Fender was the man who made them.
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