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Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 50's Stratocaster Electric Guitar - 2-Color Sunburst - Maple Fingerboard
- Alder body with gloss polyester finish
- 1-Piece Maple, Modern C Shape neck, 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard and 21 medium jumbo frets
- 3 Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat® Pickups with Staggered, AlNiCo 3 Magnet Pole Pieces and Aged White Covers
- Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
- Master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch
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|Body Material Type||solid-wood||solid-wood||basswood||Basswood||solid-wood||Alder|
|Color||2-Color Sunburst||Butterscotch Blonde||Vintage White||Black||blonde||Butterscotch Blonde|
|Fretboard Material Type||Maple||Maple||Rosewood||Maple||Maple||—|
|Guitar Bridge System||tremolo||Vintage Style||Tremelo||tremolo||Hardtail Bridge||Hardtail Bridge|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||single-coil||single-coil||combination||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||5 x 42 x 25 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||4 x 45.5 x 15 in||15 x 42 x 5 in|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||Maple||Maple||Maple||—|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
The Classic Vibe Stratocaster ’50s provides unmistakable ’50s-era Fender® vibe and tone. The alder body has a Two-color Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue or Olympic White finish; the vintage-tint gloss-maple neck (Two-color Sunburst and Olympic White models only) has a maple fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius. That long-familiar tone comes from a custom set of alnico III single-coil pickups—clear and bright, with terrific sustain even in crunch mode. Custom staggered polepieces provide improved string-to-string balance
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While very solid, this does not compare to higher end Stratocasters, but competes VERY well with a Standard American Strat, and frankly does a better job than the Mexican strats that I've played...all at a lower price point.
Shipping was not much more for 2 day shipping, so it showed quickly.
Clearly Fender knows they did this one right, as when I first looked at all of these, they were JUST over $300. Now they're going for close to $400. Still an excellent value for a casual user, and even a professional who wants a stage guitar for those places you don't want to leave your $2000+ Strat sitting out and about.
... but if you buy online you are rolling the dice. My telecaster has some funky finish problems and needed a setup to be playable. This is something I am comfortable doing myself but if you have to pay for it, it can be a significant expense for someone buying a budget model guitar.
The strat I'm reviewing in this article had the following problems:
1) Some sort of tarnish on much of the chrome hardware. I thought it was actually bad chrome but I was able to remove most of the hardware from the guitar and polish it back to a shine with chrome polish.
2) One strap button was drilled in at an angle so crooked that the button did not even sit flat against the guitar. For this I had to fill the entire hole and re-drill it square.
3) The tremolo claw grounding wire solder joint was bad and had to be re-soldered because the guitar hummed like crazy. It still hums because the electronics are not well shielded/grounded and are not high end electronics to begin with but it is reasonable now.
4) The frets on my guitar are not perfect. There are many that have a bit of a gap at the edges but they are not jagged or rough so that's good.
5) The strat needed a setup too but mostly for string height and intonation not because the neck was out of whack like my telecaster.
Those items corrected I am happy with the guitar. It sounds nice both clean and overdriven and the neck is very easy to get around.
So I would recommend this guitar for the price. If you can get it in a store I think that is better because the quality varies very much from guitar to guitar and you could get a real gem if you can hand pick it.