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 50’s but at a price that any guitar player can afford.
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s Features
Lets take a look at some of the key features 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
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 cut away and black pick guard really give it a Fender vibe from the 50s! Its a beautiful design and feels like a higher priced guitar.
The wood grain just looks great and the pine body is light weight. The resonance from the pine body really helps give this Telecaster a great feel and sound. Its got that Tele 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, its 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 and is very smooth.
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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 tele 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 body which sticks to the telecaster nostalgia. Simply wouldn’t be the same with out 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.
Its got the twang and warmth, but has a bit more drive then 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 your 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 Telecaster 50s Feel
But how does the Squier classic vibe telecaster 50’s 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. Its got all the telecaster mojo that is for sure!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great electric guitars in the under $500 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 dropping a lot more money! We recommend this guitar for beginners and seasoned players as its 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 your a more experienced player, you will absolutely love the tone and feel, there is something for everyone.
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