Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s - Vintage Blonde

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Pine Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Vintage Blonde
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A Tele with a Vintage Vibe

The Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s celebrates one of the world's most instantly recognizable guitars, with added modern features. Boasting a pine body with the classic Vintage Blonde finish, the Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s harkens back to the original "black guard" Teles that started it all. And the two custom vintage-style single-coil Tele pickups with Alnico III magnets deliver distinctive Telecaster twang. Check out this Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s and tap into iconic "Black Guard" Tele sound at an affordable price.

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Original "black guard" experience
  • Custom set of Alnico III single-coil pickups
  • Vintage appointments with modern playability
Original "black guard" experience

Certain electric guitars are credited with shaping modern music, and the 1950s Fender "black guard" Telecaster is absolutely one. With this Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s, you can have a similar vintage tone and look at a price that any guitarist can afford. From the brass string saddles and vintage-style tuners to the black pickguard, this guitar is a great Telecaster with unmistakable '50s vibe.

Custom set of Alnico III single-coil pickups

The discerning guitarists at Sweetwater know that to get a real vintage sound from a guitar, you need to start with great pickups. The custom set of Alnico III single-coil Tele pickups in this Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s nail those classic tones. You'll love the clear, punchy sounds, which make them at home playing country, blues, jazz, rock, or pop. Thanks to these Alnico III pickups, the vintage appeal of this guitar extends far past the black pickguard.

Vintage appointments with modern playability

The black pickguard, Alnico III pickups, brass string saddles, and vintage tuning keys cover the vintage side of things. But the 9.5" fretboard radius gives you a comfortable playing surface that allows for wider string bends than the 7.25" radius of vintage guitars. This radius is perfect for double-stop bends, wide vibrato, and even bends over a whole step. And the modern C-shape neck stays out of your way for plenty of fleet-fingered playing.

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Affordable electric guitar with '50s Tele appointments
  • Pine body, 1-piece maple neck, and maple fingerboard
  • Vintage-style string-through-body Tele bridge with 3 brass barrel saddles
  • 1-ply black pickguard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2 custom vintage-style pickups with Alnico III magnets

Squier's Classic Vibe Telecaster '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 Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Pine
Body Finish Gloss Polyester
Color Vintage Blond
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Radius 9.5"
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 3-barrel Bridge
Tuners Vintage-style Tuning Machines
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom Vintage-Style Alnico III Single-coil Tele
Bridge Pickup Custom Vintage-Style Alnico III Single-coil Tele
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way blade pickup switch
Strings Fender Super 250L (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0303025507

Customer Reviews

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My First Telecaster, Very Impressed.

I heard about the Classic Vibe series being some of the best sub $500 guitars out there and have always wanted a Telecaster so I decided to take a shot at one of these. Man am I glad I did! This thing feels and plays like an $800 guitar. I am genuinely shocked that Fender and Squier are making money and not losing it with these guitars. Mine just arrived today and without setting it up or breaking it in I have a ton of praise for it. I like to buy the cheaper imports before I buy the full-on USA models when I get a guitar model I've never played and sell the import down the line but this ones a keeper. I don't know if all Classic Vibe Tele's have such outstanding quality but I definitely got a diamond of a guitar. Thank you to my sales engineer Sean G and thank you to the rest of the Sweetwater team, you guys are outstanding!

A Follow Up Review After Hot Rodding

I had not had this guitar very long before posting a review. It developed a short in the bridge pickup and started cutting in and out. I loved the fit and finish of the guitar and the feel of the neck so much that I wasn't getting rid of it so I decided to Hot Rod it. I replaced the bridge pup with an SD STK-T2, installed genuine Fender CTS 250K pots, an american standard tele 3-way switch, an american standard tele bwb pickguard (so I could adjust neck pickup height without removing pickguard every time) and I loved the sound of the neck pup so much that I kept it stk. I replaced the bridge, since I already had it off to replace the pup, with a genuine Fender stamped steel bridge and gave it a complete setup using James Burton Tele specifications and WOW! Now I have a Squier Hot Rod Classic Vibe Tele that still has that vintage tone and sound and quiet. This thing plays like a dream and plays smoothe as butter. It plays just as good if not better than some expensive AM STD Tele's that I have played for alot less money. It is a great guitar stock and even better Hot Rodded and for the price you can still afford to modify it if you prefer and not have to take out a loan. It plays country nicely and it will rock out if you need it to also. Hope this review helps others. Try one.
Music background: Experienced

Unbelievable quality!

This is a great guitar for the price. I got mine at Christmas time and immediately bought the CV 50's strat a couple weeks later. These guitars are awesome. No need to change the pickups. They nail the classic sound of a 50's tele. Plenty of twang when clean and snarl when you drive 'em. I personally think these are nicer than the MIM standards, but that's just my opinion.
Music background: Playing guitar for a long time.

Good Guitar from Great Seller!

First off, this guitar is just superb for the money. I surfed the internet and read over 200 reviews on this Chinese made Telecaster and could only find 2 bad reviews and the two bad ones where very unfair. Second, I played a few of these Classic Vibe 50's Tele's in NYC and found that the shops selling them did not look after them, i.e. they where not set-up correctly and/or the sellers cared not, because they gave more attention to their high end axes. I heard from a few Muso friends of mine that Sweetwater was a great place to buy via the Internet. I called and asked if they could make sure the darlin' they send me would be properly set up, etc. etc... When my Tele arrived, via free shipping, I thought they packed it for the Queen of England. When I got it out of its nest I was blown away by the PERFECT intonation throughout the fret board. Sweetwater looked after me like I purchased a $10,000 gem. There is a saying in the Restaurant business, "Today's coffee customer can be tomorrow's Champagne customer." I look forward to purchasing my next "Champagne" Guitar in the future from Sweetwater.com!
Music background: Over 30 years playing various fretted instruments

The New Standard for Value

Well! This guitar is a major surprise - great hardware and wonderful sounding pickups, nice woods (mine has a flamed maple neck!) and a top notch fret job + all the correct vintage touches... an unbelievable guitar for the money. To put it in perspective, I have a USA Vintage Reissue '62 Stratocaster and several G&Ls, and this really is my favorite guitar. It is every bit their equal.
Music background: Pro Musician, 40 years on guitar
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