Review: Squier CLASSIC VIBE Electric Guitar

The 1960s type rough-and-tumble Squier CLASSIC VIBE Electric Guitar!

After Fender’s decision to switch Squier’s production from guitar strings to guitars, the Stratocaster was one of the first models to be put under the Squier production line, then located in Japan. Originally, the headstock had a “Fender” name written in large script, followed by “Squier Series” in smaller script. This was later changed to the current late ’60s large headstock featuring “Squier” in larger script, followed by “by Fender” in smaller script.

Out Of The Box

I normally lump all Fenders in one category when it comes to feel. I came across this Squier by accident when I was testing out a reissue Telecaster. I played one song with this guitar and was hooked. This Squier has a super thick tone much like the early 60’s and 70’s Strats. Although the neck is thin, it’s not really meant for shredding. I found it to have a very slow neck but great string grip. The bridge pickup is loud and warm and kind of lingering. The alder body has decent sustain, more so with 10 gauge strings.

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Available in Three Cool Colors!

The Specs

  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern “C” Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.65″ (42 mm)
  • Vintage style tuning heads
  • Bridge: Vintage style, 6-saddle tremolo
  • Neck pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Middle pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Stratocaster pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Pickup switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone

The Low Down

All in all, the Squier CLASSIC VIBE is a great guitar, better then other Stratocaster’s in my opinion. It has a nice thick tone with a classic feel, yet has a modern sound. I am seriously considering adding this baby to my collection. Any Fender fan would have a ball with this guitar. However, this guitar would not make a good first guitar because the neck is not very forgiving. I would recommend this axe to any intermediate to advanced player who has flexible fingers. Check one out for yourself. You may be surprised to find that you might take this over another model Strat!

Pros: Great tone, decent price, comes in three cool finishes, vintage look.

Cons: Only 21 frets, slow neck.

MSRP $349.99

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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