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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Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s - 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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5/5

True Classic Telecaster Sound

Purchased the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Vintage Blonde about a month ago. Couldn't be happier. I'm a retired 65 year old guy who hasn't played much guitar for about 50 years but now jamming with friends and loving it. For me, this guitar has the beautiful classic Telecaster sound from all the pickup positions. The neck is exactly the size I was looking for (a bit thinner than others). It's a bit heavy (around 9 pounds) but not a problem. Solid and well built. The other guys in my group play Stratocasters and my Telecaster has a distinct sound that complements the other guitars. (I play through a Fender Champion 40 amp which I also purchased recently. Great amp that I have reviewed separately.) I've played Fender Squier Affinity guitars and they can't compare to the Classic Vibe series. For the money, you can't beat the quality and sound. Sweetwater is a great company. Easy to order, no shipping costs and quick delivery through FedEx. Sales Engineers are helpful and knowledgeable.
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

Pinch Me

I am another old guy who started playing in the 60's. I was a full time working pro for 25 years but, at 40, figured that if I wasn't making the big money yet, I probably never would be. So I changed careers but still play out regularly at local clubs. I will play until I am no longer physically able. My Clapton Stratocaster has been my main gigging guitar for several years - love the sound, versatility and playability and it was a good deal for the $1,400 I paid. I have wanted to add a higher-end tele for awhile (auditioned many) but couldn't justify the cost. I never would have even considered buying a Squier up until a few weeks ago. Well, what do they say - prejudice is contempt prior to investigation? Anyway, the fantastic vintage look of this CV 50's tele caught my eye at a local store and I gave it an audition not expecting much.. Seriously, this is a Squier??? I have had mine for 3 weeks now and cannot find a flaw! Playability, tone, fit and finish are absolutely unbelievable at this crazy price, and great at any price. I ended up buying a slightly used one for an even sillier price, but If I were buying new, Sweetwater would be my choice - best customer service out there in my opinion. If you are looking for a great playing, great sounding and great looking vintage-style tele, you owe it to yourself to try out one of these. Check out the reviews on the Telecaster forum (tdpri). My choice - the vintage blonde - it has slightly over-wound Alnico III pickups that sound just wonderful. I am thrilled with this guitar!
Music background: part-time working pro
5/5

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.
5/5

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
5/5

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
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Squier, Squier Solidbody Guitars