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

Customer Reviews

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Exceeds expectations

I have a squire Tele that I very pleased with and decided to add the Strat to my collection. While neither will replace my Ric 450, I'm really liking the Strat. It came in perfect condition - flawless. Tuned it up, lowered the action, replaced the jack and installed new locking tuners. I couldn't be happier with this guitar.

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

Spot On..

I am very impressed with this guitar. For the price, it's an unusual bargain. Sounds spot on with my "tech 21 blonde pedal" straight into the board. The fit and finish on this guitar is clean. The color and grain of the body and neck is attractive. I have been waiting for a custom shop model for a long time, but it's just not reasonable on my budget. The sound I'm hearing is nothing like what I expected from a Squier or a MIM Fender. The big bright single coil is here. I just found my "Robert Cray sound." Choosing Sweetwater was a given.
Music background: Engineer, Hobbyist

Holly/Clapton Time Machine

When I opened the box and first glanced upon this beauty, I was in awe. It's as if this guitar was stashed away in a vault 40 yrs ago. I researched Buddy Holly's and Clapton's strats and for the money this is dead on. Open up the Layla album and you will see this guitar-minus the Fender logo. Even the Squire headstock logo looks great. The aged p/u covers and pots look great on top of the single-ply white pickguard. The tinted maple neck is drop-dead beautiful. 2 color sunburst is of a honey-brown color. Pictures don't give it justice. Sweetwater should place this in its "Guitar Gallery" section, where the photos are clearer. Enough of the cosmetics. The sound is excellent. I had a MIM Strat and the neck p/u sounded muddy and I never used it. Not so with this Squire. I'm sure it has something to do with the Alnico III pick up and staggered pole configuration. Action was a tad too high-no biggie. Neck was straight and the vintage machine heads seem fine. Yes you can spend $1400 on a Vintage 1950's Fender Strat, however if Value is top on your priority list, buy this baby. And as usual, it's a pleasure working with my Sweetwater Sls. Rep-Jon Gillespie.

Beautiful Guitar

My first guitar was an Affinity series stratocaster from Squier and people told me I'd be happy when I upgrade to a "real" guitar. Well, the fact is Squier guitars are real guitars and they're good guitars. So I upgraded my Squier to another Squier, the Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster. Ordered online, was delivered unbelievably quickly, and came out of the box clean as a whistle, action was perfect, no fret buzz, high and low E strings are in perfect position. The finish is just gorgeous. The pick-ups are great. Roll off the tone in the neck position on a clean setting and you'd think you're in heaven. Surprisingly articulate while distorted. My biggest concern before purchasing was the glossy neck, I thought maybe it would be a little sticky and not as fast but I was proved wrong. Very smooth playing, very easy to chord, great for speedy lead lines, whatever you want to do. Also, I've heard people complain about the 1-ply pickguard but it looks fine to me! I don't get it. I can't even stop playing this thing, this is crazy.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Squier, Squier Solidbody Guitars