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Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster Electric Guitar - Butterscotch Blonde - Maple Fingerboard
- Pine Body Maple C shape neck with a 9.5 in radius and 21 medium jumbo frets
- 2 Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele® Pickups
- Vintage Style Strings-Thru-Body Tele® Bridge with 3 Brass Barrel Saddles
- Master Volume, Master tone controls
- Strings Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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|Body Material Type||solid-wood||solid-wood||Alder||solid-wood||solid-wood||solid-wood|
|Color||Butterscotch Blonde||Butterscotch Blonde||Butterscotch Blonde||Antique Burst||blonde||Candy Apple Red|
|Fretboard Material Type||Maple||Maple||—||Rosewood||Maple||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||Vintage Style||Hardtail Bridge||Hardtail Bridge||Saddle||Hardtail Bridge||tremolo|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 42 x 25 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||15 x 42 x 5 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||4 x 45.5 x 15 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||—||Maple||Maple||Maple|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
In the early years of Fender, the Telecaster quickly became an everyman’s guitar because of its versatile sound, ease of playing and reasonable cost. The new Classic Vibe Telecaster ’50s in Butterscotch Blonde delivers on that original promise. Features include a gorgeous new Butterscotch Blonde finish on a pine body, and a vintage-tint gloss fast-action maple neck with 21 medium-jumbo frets and modern 9.5” fretboard radius. Setting this guitar apart from its Classic Vibe Telecaster ’50s Vintage Blonde brother is a custom set of alnico 5 single-coil pickups that provide warmth and clarity and enough punch for country, blues, rock and jazz.
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So...I ordered one. I thought...at the very worst I'm out 400 bucks and I have a project guitar that I can Frankenstein. So I pulled the trigger.
I got the guitar and...honestly...I have to say that I am blown away by this mean little axe. I haven't put the guitar down since I pulled it out of the box. I played this guitar for 8 straight hours...and was entirely unaware of how much time had passed.
The body is Pine...like the very first iterations of the original 50's Telecaster. Leo Fender didn't change to Alder and Ash until..I believe a year or so into design. Not totally sure of the exact time-frame there...but I know for certain the very first Telecasters were Pine without a doubt.
The body looks fantastic. I got the Blonde Butterscotch. The finish on the body is flawless. REALLY well done. Not too much...not too little. Great tint. Great attention to detail. The pine patterns are distinct and very visually strong.
The body is nearly exactly the same weight wise as the original telecasters. Markedly heavier than anything put out in the last 15 years...which for me is a breath of fresh air. I'm 6'2 220 lbs. I cannot stand nearly 90 percent of all guitars today made for somebody 4 to 5 inches shorter than I am and about 50 lighter. This feels like a guitar in your hands...not a toy. I've always liked heavier guitars for stability anyway. The body does not have the newer cutaway...which again...some people do not like...but I prefer. Something about it being exactly like the original Telecasters I absolutely love.
The 4 bolt neck plate has an actual "Squier by Fender" engraving on the back. Very nice touch I was not expecting to see.
The neck is done very well. Again...they went back to the lacquer like the originals had. Not thick...but if you haven't played a guitar from 20 to 30 years ago and beyond...this will shock you a little bit. I love this. What I love about this is that...overtime the lacquer will thin and actually wear off in spots...creating an actual "relic"...based on how much someone plays and not on just a store bought aesthetic. The wear marks will be mine...in essence...the guitar will have all the wear where I play...not some generalized design. Nothing against the store bought relics...if that's your thing...buy one...plug in...and have a blast. The new guitars have a sealed coating that generally makes wear marks impossible now...and I don't like that idea much...but again...nothing against it.
The necks edges are not rolled...again...this will come with time. The back is fully lacquered as well...and will wear off...giving the guitar the new "satin" feel. For me...it doesn't get in the way at all. It's the way guitars were when I started playing...so in many ways I am more familiar with this kind of thing than the newer satin designs with rolled edges.
The pick guard...one of the areas where most "cheaper" guitars flake out on (along with the neck, tuners and pickups) is VERY thick. Mine is a one-piece black...but it has the thickness of the 3 ply "white,black,white" found on the Standards today. Again...very nice aesthetic touch.
The headstock is also very well crafted. The Squier logo is well done..nothing about it says anything about this guitar being cheap. The back has the serial and a "Crafted in China" mark on it. The font used is small but just a very nice touch. Not just cheap block lettering. It's the little things that all add up in a guitars mojo..and trust me...I pay attention to everything when it comes to guitars...especially Fenders.
The wood for the neck is SUPERB. The cut is great...there is nice flaming throughout...and the natural designs with the lacquer stick out very nicely. These remind me of the guitars from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
The neck joint with the body is excellent. No gaps. When I do slight neck bends...it moves like it's supposed to...and not like a cheap guitar when you apply a cool neck bend and everything goes crazy with over response and tuning problems when you get back to home. This is a Telecaster...you are supposed to get physical and inventive with it. No floating bridges and dive bombs. It's you and the guitar.
SOUND AND PLAYABILITY
Lets get to it. The pickups in this thing are Alnico 5's. This thing has the Telecaster sound nailed. I mean...this thing sounds like a Chet Atkins era Tele without the nearly unusable 3rd position that was used before there were electric basses as a bass sound. You have all the spank, bite and growl that any other great Telecaster should have. As a matter of fact...I have owned a 52' reissue. Absolutely no exaggeration...this thing chews up that ones tone, spits it out and then goes to have some actual breakfast.
Also like any other Telecaster..when it's time to get nice...this thing can dress up and "go to church" too. The cleans are remarkable...like any good Telecaster should have as it's basis. Every chorded note is distinct...and trust me...I ran this thing through it's paces. I went through all 5 basic chord types in every key...and all of their inversions all the way up to the 21st fret to make sure there was nothing dead on this guitar and the pickups were solid. Everything...including intonation was right on the money.
I tried some distorted tones...and again...like any great Telecaster...I found myself rolling off as much gain as I could because distortion masks the musicality of this instrument. I did grab a Triple Rectifier...and it definitely works...with a little tone shaping in the really heavy stuff. But after about 5 minutes...I found myself asking "why would I want to hide this guitars articulation with too much oversaturation?" So I abruptly went to my Mesa Boogie Nomad 45 and played on Channels 1 and 2 for about 3 hours. Great tone. I then went to my Hot Rod Deluxe for another 3 and..there it was again. All the spank, bite and growl were there...along with the masterful clean tones that were nothing short of stunning.
Then I went to a small solid state practice amp that I have...and it still carried it's weight. I was completely shocked.
The neck plays extremely well...fast if you need it to be...and I mean fast...but nice spacing for all the chords. Just like any other Telecaster should have.
I suggest you do have this guitar brought in to be setup. I found it very playable in it's current condition...no real complaints at all...especially for a guitar that was setup on the other side of the planet...then shipped on a boat...which was transferred to a cargo dock...probably sat there for a few days..and then was transferred across the Unites States to another storage facility by truck...dropped off in a pallet...picked up and stored by a forklift...and then selected and moved to the shipping dock...loaded into another truck that drove half the distance across the country to my state...transferred over to another truck that was coming to my region...dropped of at my regional hub...transferred to another truck...and then brought to my front door.
The nut will need to be filed down...not much...but it will have to be to be the real stunner that it actually is. The neck should be adjusted slightly...but not much. The intonation should be checked...although mine is pretty much dead on...and every contact point for a string should be oiled correctly.
This guitar...Is already one of the best instruments I own. Hands down. Sound...playability...aesthetics...all of it. I seriously thought they were going to go cheap somewhere. I am being completely serious when I tell you...for my version...the Butterscotch Blonde....they absolutely did not cheap out anywhere. This is the best purchase value I have EVER gotten in a guitar...hands down. I personally believe this is one of those rare events that happens every 30 years or so...just like the Japanese Strats of the late 70's and early 80's that just flat out rocked. I am personally going to buy 2 or 3 more of these because this is as authentic as authentic gets when it comes to a Telecaster.
Pros - Sound, feel, quality, and price.
Cons - None really.
Worth more than the money