Squier has been upping their game ever since Fender made some changes in the management. This Classic Vibe ’50s Strat is a perfect example of a guitar done right. Great build quality and awesome tone make it one of the more refined beginner guitars on the market.
Body And Neck
What we have here is a standard Stratocaster body, which is actually quite surprising. Squier used alder for this Strat instead of some cheaper tonewood, and they’ve paired it with a nice modern C maple neck. The overall aesthetic of the guitar is reminiscent of the ’50s, which was the main goal of the whole project.
There are several finishes available, although vintage sunburst definitely hits the spot. In some ways, this is Squier has a completely different feel compared to their usual models. It comes across as more refined and elite. In some ways it definitely is.
Pickups are probably the biggest upgrade Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Stratocaster has to offer. Instead of using the same old average single coils, Squier installed a set of Custom Vintage singles which sport AlNiCo magnets and custom made covers. These are wired to the standard controls – two tone knobs, one volume knob, and a pickup select switch.
Swapping the pickups did wonders for the performance of this guitar. Not only is the quality on a whole new level, but this Classic Vintage set compliments the alder body almost perfectly. Everything is put together solid, and there is no significant coil buzz.
While everything on this guitar is upgraded in some way compared to the standard Squier Strat, the hardware is one part that was left more or less the same. You get a vintage synchronized tremolo bridge on one end, and a set of die-cast tuners on the other.
The quality of these components is decent, but you probably don’t want to go hard on that whammy bar. With that said, the hardware is more than good enough to sustain normal playing on this guitar.
At the end of the day, Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Strat is a great choice for those who need a good beginner guitar which can serve them later on as well. It has a lot of potential, that is for sure. All you have to do is explore its limits. Chances are you will be surprised.