Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s - 2-tone Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 2-color Sunburst
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An Affordable Strat Dripping with Vintage Vibe

The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s celebrates the first decade of one of the world's most instantly recognizable guitars with some modern features thrown in for good measure! Boasting an alder body with a period-correct 2-color sunburst finish, the Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s is built for vintage tone. The three custom vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups boast staggered pole pieces for improved string-to-string balance with Alnico III magnets for excellent sustain. For classic Strat feel with enough touches to feel truly modern, look to the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s.

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s at a Glance:
  • Everything that makes a Strat a Strat
  • Unique touches
Everything that makes a Strat a Strat

Like many Strats that have come before, the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s sports an alder body with a period-correct 2-color sunburst finish. The traditional maple neck is tinted to resemble a vintage Strat neck with a maple fingerboard. The long-familiar Strat tone is managed with a trio of single-coil pickups powered by Alnico III magnets for clear, bright Strat tones with the perfect amount of sustain. A vintage-style synchronized tremolo rounds out the feature set.

Unique touches

Squier's Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s is also equipped with the features modern players demand. The maple neck is loaded with player-favorite medium-jumbo frets on a modern 9.5" radius neck. Aged plastic parts lend a vintage vibe to the aesthetics, and black dot position markers run the length of the neck.

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Features:
  • Alder body, 1-piece maple neck, and maple fingerboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 3 custom vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups with staggered Alnico III magnet pole pieces
  • Aged white pickup covers, knobs, and switch tip
  • 5-position blade for pickup switching
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 1.650" nut width
  • Vintage-tinted neck
  • Black dot position inlays
  • Vintage styling
  • Synthetic bone nut

Squier's Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s offers the best of yesterday and today!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyester
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage-style synchronized vibrato
Tuners Vintage-style Tuning Machines
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Custom Vintage Style Single-coil Strat
Middle Pickup Custom Vintage Style Single-coil Strat
Bridge Pickup Custom Vintage Style Single-coil Strat
Controls 1 x Master Volume, 2 x Tone
Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0303000503

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Squire Classic Vibe 50's Strat

I've bought alot of gear and especially guitars from Sweetwater over the past couple of years. My salesman David M. is the best there is in my opinion. I've purchased high end guitars and this Squire Classic Vibe 50's Strat ranks right up there with some of the best I own! After changing out the strings and a quick setup it was ready for blues or metal. This also has one of the most beautiful flamed maple necks that I have ever seen and is very smooth and fast. The quality and build is great and at a fantastic price. You can't go wrong!
Music background: I have been playing the guitar on and off for over 20 years

Unbelievabe! I'd buy another CV in a nanosecond.

I wanted an 'everyday' Strat that was 'Grandchild Proof' so I didn't have to worry about 'my baby' -- an '86 Fender Strat -- if the kids popped over with our daughter. So I started doing my research and reading all the reviews here at Sweetwater. I was leaning towards a MIM Strat until I saw all the 5 Stars and comments about the Squire CV Strats. Those changed my mind and I haven't looked back since. This Squire Classic Vive 50's Stratocaster is FANTASTIC. It plays like a dream, sounds great, and the two-tone sunburst is breathtakingly beautiful. I've had it now since April and has become my 'go to' Strat (I now rarely play 'my baby'). The setup from the factory was spot on, the intonation was perfect and the action was set just right (for me anyway). And thanks to my Sales Engineer, Andy Miller, the Techs did a quick double-check of the setup before it shipped. Even after the 55 point Evaluation was done. Everyone at Sweetwater are great! I've been shopping here since Dec of 2011 and Sweetwater is the only place I shop now, and I recommend it to everyone I know. Oh, I'm now looking for another Fender or Squire to be my everyday Strat. My CV 50's Strat is now 'mybaby2'.
Music background: Hobbyist. Been playing 'off and on' since 1963

An Incredible Bargain

I decided to get this model based on some other rave reviews I read, though I suspected they may have been a little hyped. But Wow - this truly is a fantastic guitar for this price. I can only vouch for the one I received, but the frets were perfect - with a little adjustment to the action for my own taste it plays beautifully. Sounds great and it's light, balanced and comfortable to play. I just play as a hobby, but I've been playing for over four decades and I've owned over a dozen guitars and played many more, and I can honestly say this little gem plays right up there with much more expensive instruments I've owned.Some of the hardware is not quite the quality you'd get on much more expensive guitars, but it all works fine and they've focused the quality where it matters most. You simply can't go wrong with this for the price.
Music background: Hobbyist

awesome guitar and service

I am a beginner and this guitar is more than perfect for me. Buying experience was outstanding, too.

Dirty little Secret , Just a wonderful Surprise

The Squire 50s vibe Strat ,one of those great surprises we all read about 10 years from know and are sorry we didn't buy one! The quality of the workmanship on this guitar far exceed MM Strats, and the standard . Even though we all seem to tend to shy away from China Production , it seems theses Crafted in China 50s Vibes worth every Penny and more .Right out of the box ,the feel and set up are there , very comfortable neck , and if you investigate this guitar further you will find that Tonerider Safaris are the chosen pickups ( similar to 54s , with a little more bite ) . This guitar is for Rock ,and Blues, so if your looking for a metal players guitar , Don't Look At This Guitar ! Sound wise ,it's a beauty those 50s Strat tones , Surfing , Rockin and Smooth !The Guys at Sweatwater are the best , especial mention to Nick Church , Great help in choosing gear and always on top of the items ordered for extra care before it reaches your doorstep . I rate this guitar 5 stars and consider it to be legionary In the future as one of those flukes that just comes and goes with all it's greatness .
Music background: 42 years all around
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