Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar Customer Review
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This is my first Strat and it might be the only one I'll ever need. Sound is 50's era - very bright, can be twangy, but plenty of crunch when turning on the overdrive. Sweet driven lead tone from the neck pickup. It has very good resonance unplugged. I'm giving it a 9 out of 10 because the sound has slightly less overall presence than the US-made Fenders I've played...but this guitar is a fraction of the cost. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the pickups on the CV Series Strats are made to the same spec as a well-known aftermarket pickup manufacturer. I have not felt the need to change any of the electronics on this guitar.
What features does one need when trying to replicate the vibe of a classic Strat? Resonant body. Amazing glossy maple neck with a touch of flame. Top-notch fretwork. Smooth, vintage style tuners. Excellent, classic sounding pickups. Sparkling Lake Placid Blue finish. OK, it doesn't have active, sustainer pickups or advanced onboard signal processing circuitry - that isn't what this guitar is built for. Some have opted to change out the trem block to something more substantial. Again, when considering design, price point, and especially, purpose, I think the features are top-notch.
Ease of Use:
Plug/tune/play out of the box. And play great, this guitar does. Mine was set up perfectly - good spacing between strings, low action yet no buzz to speak of. Intonation nearly dead-on. I raised the pickups very little just to get a bit more volume, but I didn't feel any other adjustments were needed.
No issues with this instrument from a quality perspective. Paint is perfect. Neck socket completely flush. Frets level with no ragged edges on the side of the neck. Tuners move smoothly and predictably and stay in tune. As stated earlier pickups are of a quality well above this price point.
Switchwork and pots appear to be solid, especially considering the price point. This guitar is solidly built through and through. As mentioned before, some have opted to upgrade the trem block. With regular care and maintenance this guitar will last longer than anyone who plays it.
The best support is to deliver a quality product up-front. I Never had to deal with them...will assume excellence until proven otherwise.
This one goes to 11! The only downside to this guitar will probably be resale value, thanks to the Squier name. To get a guitar with this quality of sound and playability with the Fender brand name would easily double the price.
The Wow Factor:
The only thing holding this down to a 9 is the unsexy Squier logo. This guitar is a winner. My Lake Placid Blue has a white maple neck, but the tinted necks on the others are really, really appealing.
I've compared this CV 50s Strat against the Fender Standard Strat as well as a few US-made Strats (used), but couldn't get them to sing the way this one does. These are phenomenal guitars that deliver authentic 50's Strat sounds with playability that is hard to find in guitars twice as costly.
I'm strictly a hobbyist musician, but I do get the bug for new equipment. I plan to get a 50's Classic Vibe Squier Telecaster at some point, but that will be a perfect complement to my Strat, which I cannot foresee ever selling. And please don't steal it from me...