Before we start this review just take a minute to take a look at this guitar…
Done that? Good.
Is there anything else that needs to be said…
…or does the picture say it all?
Indulge us for a minute. When we were kids growing up and all thinking we were John Lennon there was a music shop in our town. It sold sheet music for piano, a few clarinets, and small woodwind and the odd cheap acoustic guitar every now and then.
But one day there were dozens of kids just staring through the window. It was right at the front. On a saxophone stand. As the minutes past the crowd grew bigger as non-musical people wanted to know what was going on.
We stood transfixed…
It was 1964 and our first sight of a real Fender. A Telecaster. A butterscotch Telecaster with a black scratchplate. Much the same looking guitar as in the picture. The guitar that essentially started it all.
Fast forward fifty-five years, and it still moves us, is still churning out the sound. There have been lots of varieties of Telecaster manufactured by Fender, some very good others not so.
What started out as Fender’s ‘premium’ range made by Squier, the string company acquired by Fender, also had their range of cheaper versions for those that couldn’t afford the ‘real’ thing.
From a cheaper start, Squier now produces some Telecaster’s that are virtually as good as the Fender versions. You can hardly tell the difference at times.
This Classic Vibe Telecaster is one of those. Let’s take a closer look at what is known today as the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster blonde…
In the 50s the original Telecasters and their look-alike predecessors the Esquire and the Nocaster were made from Pine. Leo Fender later moved on to harder woods saying he wasn’t sure about using softwoods for the body.
Squier has gone really vintage and built the body once again from Pine. Pine, despite being a softwood, has a great resonance to it and was one of the reasons these guitars sounded so good.
That period of time produced some of the most sought after guitars in today’s world.
Takes you back to the 50s…
Sealed with coats of polyester to protect the wood, the color and the sight of the wood grain showing through takes you back to the 50s.
And of course, the final finishing touch, the black scratchplate, if you’re going to make a vintage 50s Tele it must have a black scratchplate.
Well made from good materials, the body is a beautifully crafted finish.