Fender SQ Classic Vibe Tele 50's BB

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Pine
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.5")
  • Nut width: 41.2 mm (1.625")
  • 2 Custom Vintage Style Single Coil Tele pickups with Alnico 5 magnets (neck & bridge)
  • Colour: Butterscotch Blonde
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Colour Blonde
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Pine
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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After all these years...

23.07.2015
...I finally bought a Telecaster!

I have read many good things about the Classic Vibe range of Squier guitars, and watched more than a few glowing reviews, so Thomann's stellar bundle offer was very tempting. Having played humbucker-loaded guitars most of the time (I have a 1980 USA Strat as my only other non-humbucker guitar) I've been keen to widen the variety of sounds I get on my recordings and the Tele's distinctive twang seemed to be missing from my songs. Well, not any more. The CV Telecaster is a budget instrument in many respects, made in China, using pine as the body wood (and several pieces - I think five), no "tummy cut" on the rear upper bout, and a fairly basic jack socket - but then it's also very faithful to the 50s Telecaster "vibe" that it is trying to catch! The earliest solidbody Fenders were all pine, before a switch to alder; properly treated, pine makes a good tonewood (spruce is related to pine and fir, and acoustics use a lot of spruce). Fender has also in the past few years produced Vintage Reissue instruments using pine, so although it may seem to be a compromise it also has its own virtues. The body is coated with a thick-looking finish that I expect is polyurethane, and the butterscotch colour is surprisingly good.

Without a "tummy cut" the Telecaster sits differently to my Strat, and indeed all of my electric guitars; not especially comfortable, it'll take a little time to get used to it. The action is also a little high for my tastes, and I will probably lower the bridge saddles a little when I feel so inclined. The saddles themselves are the older style paired ones, which limit options slightly but are alleged to improve tone due to their size. I wouldn't mind betting that strings sharing a saddle interact differently to those with individual saddles. Either way it is another "classic" feature that probably contributes to the sound.

The sound is the thing. With new strings it is extremely bright, biting, perhaps even harsh if your eq settings want to push it that far. Backing off on the tone controls produces a plummy tone that, while not anywhere close to humbucker warmth, is still very usable, if not particularly distinguished. It's the bright ringing tones that drew me to the Tele in the first place, and I now have plenty of those to draw on. It will be very assertive in a mix.

The neck doesn't feel especially fast. I don't know whether it is the heavy finish on the maple, or the neck profile (C), but although lead playing is not a problem, the clean, bright and (when a little underplayed) articulate tones really suggest rhythm playing is the CV's main strength. Played hard, the sound can get a little chaotic and full chords are probably not as useful as 3- or 4-note chords but then that's part of mastering this instrument. It really isn't just another guitar that you can "strap on and go". After a long introduction session I'm just beginning to figure out how complex this simple instrument can be, and what possibilities it opens up. It's a long journey I'm looking forward to. Great guitar, and a great offer from Thomann in the bundle. Completely recommended!
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Stunning Twang, surprising warm tones

Saadi, 27.10.2017
After trying out a Baja in a music shop, I lost interest in telecasters, though was still keen to have a guitar with coil pickups, so as to get some different vibes than the hum buckers I have been more used to. I started looking around for an affordable telecaster that I could use for practice. But after seeing so many positive, even glowing, reviews of the Squire classic vibe tele, I decided to simply order one. Being so popular, I reasoned that I could resell it if it didn't work out for me. To my surprise, and growing excitement, it has turned out to be such a good buzz that I am trying to work out why the Baja put me off in the first place (perhaps the neck radius? Are they the same?)
Strangely, I'm even starting to enjoy what I can do with the 9 gauge string set the guitar comes with, even though I have for a long time sworn that I'd never change from my preferred 10s.
What I like about the Squire (in a classic lump of scotch-colour pine wood) is that it has no frills--no pull in or out knobs (such as the Baja), but just a straight forward, great playing set of mechanics. And so versatile, that sometimes I find myself smiling at the the surprising tones it can produce.
I'm running it through my blues junior, and am quite happy at the moment to stick to a clean tone with some reverb. I feel that with the three positions and tone knob, it will still take some time before I exhaust the guitar's range. I will eventually put my tube screamer to good use with it, but don't want to miss exploring further what the guitar itself can produce.
Thomann proved once again to be quick and efficient, fuss-free and user friendly--sending email and sms updates for the delivery service. They had also checked the guitar and set-up before repacking it and sending it out. Out of the box it is immediately playable (with only some slight buzz from the A string)
So, in short, all the positive reviews of the Squire and spot on.
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Colour: Blonde
Fender SQ Classic Vibe Tele 50's BB
(271)
Fender SQ Classic Vibe Tele 50's BB

Electric Guitar Body: Pine, Neck: Maple, Neck profile: Modern C, Fretboard: Maple, 21 Medium frets, Scale: 648 mm (25.5"), Nut width: 41.2 mm (1.625"), 2 Custom Vintage Style Single Coil Tele...

  • Colour: Blonde
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Pine
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele Thin
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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele Thin

Electric Guitar Mahogany body, F-Hole, Maple neck, Modern C shape, Maple fretboard, 21 Medium frets, Nut width: 41 mm, Pickups: 2 Custom single coils with Alnico V magnets, Vintage style bridge...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Fender SQ CV 70s Tele CSTM MN BK
Fender SQ CV 70s Tele CSTM MN BK

Electric Guitar Classic Vibe Series, Body: Poplar, Screwed neck: Maple, Fretboard: Maple, Neck profile: C, Black Dot fretboard inlays, 21 Narrow Tall Frets, Scale: 648 mm (25.5"), Nut width: 41.9...

  • Colour: Black
  • Pickups: SH
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Poplar
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Fender SQ CV 70s Tele CSTM MN 3TS
Fender SQ CV 70s Tele CSTM MN 3TS

Electric Guitar Classic Vibe Series, Body: Poplar, Screwed neck: Maple, Fretboard: Maple, Neck profile: C, Black dot fretboard inlays, 21 Narrow Tall Frets, Scale: 648 mm (25.5"), Nut width: 41.9...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Pickups: SH
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Poplar
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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