Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom - Review
In recent years Squier (by Fender) series guitars, although
aimed mainly at the budget and entry level market, has come
of age with offerings more suitable for more discernable musicians.
The latest offering from Squier gives us the Classic Vibe
range, which is a take on classic instruments of the 50s and
60s but with practical modern specifications.
The instrument we are reviewing is a 60s Classic Vibe Telecaster
Custom in a traditional 3 colour sunburst. It sports a proper
alder body which is double bound, complemented by a mint green
The vintage gloss amber tint maple neck has a separate rosewood
fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets for easy bends and
sports a modern 9.5" radius. The neck size certainly
feels just right and comfortable to play and the vintage tint
gives it an expensive vintage look.
To complete the vintage feature set vintage-style slot in
tuners are used, plus a threaded three-saddled bridge. On
the electronics front a set of alnico V single-coil pickups
provides sounds from sparkly tele on the bridge pickup to
nice rhythm on both, and the usual warm jazzy tone on the
The pickups are low to medium output (similar to my original
60s Telecaster actually) and although this is historically
accurate maybe a pair of higher output pickups maybe have
given a higher output sound and more practicality. Then again
one can't really fault the sound of this instrument as an
authentic 60s reproduction.
The pickguard also seems to be of a soft rubbery material
instead of harder plastic but again no major issue.
Generally the instrument is very well built with no discernable
flaws and good work on the electronics and hardware. The paint
job is well executed with no over spray even on the binding.
It would certainly fool many musicians into thinking it was
a Mexican or Japanese Fender if the logo were changed on the
Obviously time will tell if the instrument is worthy and
stands up to regular use but so far my opinion is that of
a well-made guitar for very little outlay.
By Ernest H Slade