Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s
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Great value for money
The design of this guitar is reasonably ergonomic for a Strat. The original Fender models of that time had more sleek contouring and were generally lighter guitars and this one follows those ethos quite well. It's reasonably light itself and sits on the body quite well for my liking. It's not quite as sleek as an original '60s model Fender from my experience, but for the price one can't be too picky. The upper fret access is decent, though there is only 21 frets, and the blocky neck heel can impede pure shredding somewhat, but most Strat players find a way to adapt.
Getting a good tone out of this guitar isn't difficult. Much like the other Classic Vibe Strats, this one is made of decent quality wood, and the Tonerider pickups are a diamond in the rough. Dialing in the tones are pretty easy overall. I find the only real issue is the quality of the controls used, which affects the roll-off and other things that control dynamics in a Strat. All in all though it's pretty easy.
This guitar seems to sound best with a more vintage voiced tone to my ears. The pickups are lower output and the tones are pretty mild when compared to some more modern sounding guitars. Using a clean amp like a Fender is great for blues, country or some more artist specific clean tones by guys like Hendrix and Knopfler. The stock pickups have a nice responsiveness and attack and I'm quite impressed with their bright nature coupled with the darker alder/rosewood combo wood wise. Switching over to a drive channel brings in some nice bright rock tones that are gritty yet have a wonderful Stratty snap to them. SRV type tones come with ease, or you can do some great classic rock as well. The pickups do get noisy when hit with a ton of gain and they can also be kinda thin in that department so it's less ideal for modern rock or shred.
All in all I think the Squier Classic Vibe '60s Strat is a great deal for someone looking for an affordable vintage style Strat that plays great, sounds great and is priced great. At about $350 new, it's hard to find this kind of value in anything else out there, and given Squier's increased quality control as of late, they're much more consistent than the guitars of older times. Definitely give this one a whirl!
What I like about it was everything. It has great sound, and a great stylish look (different from the regular strat body)The black head compliments the crimson body and dot pearloid inlays. It stays in tune pretty good, and I rarely have to tune it. It has 4 tuning knobs, 2 volumes and 2 tones each for the different pick ups. Oh yes....... The pickups. 2 dual humbucking pickups, each with there own individual tone and volume knobs, and a 3 way toggle, position 1 being for the bridge pickup, position 2 for the neck and bridge pick up, and position 3 for the neck pickup. *Great Guitar*
There is nothing about it that I don't like, except for the strings that came with it. They snapped very quickly, but I guess every guitar needs a string change after a while.
The durability of it is great. I had a party at my house recently and some little kids got into my room. I guess one of them thought he was a rockstar, picked it up, pretended to play it, and dropped it. Hearing the huge bang, I ran into my room to find it lying flat on the ground, the strings vibrating, and a dent in the hardwood floor. Surprisingly, there wasn't a dent not even a scratch in the body. I guess you could say that it is quite sturdy and durable.
All I have to say is if you like to yank on your strings when you play, change them or keep an extra set of strings and a power winder with you when playing it..An amazing guitar for the price I paid, and if you like a guitar with great sound and a great look, get this guitar and get ready for some serious rocking.
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I have been using Strats off and on for years and years now. I have even done a few small gigs with the Squier Vibe Series. For some reason when I ordered it online a while back, it took over a week to get and the suspense was killing me, then when I got it, there was a huge scratch on the front body panel of the guitar. Nothing else looked bad at all, but that scratch had me upset because I paid for something new and I get a scratched unit. They offered to refund me a portion of the or I could send it back or take it into the local GC. So I just took it in the local GC even though I had to drive 2 hours to get there and they had one in stock and just replaced it for me easy on the spot. It really was great customer service for a great guitar.
For the price of this guitar and for what it sounds like you really can beat what you are going to get. The Squier Classic Vibe series has really shown me how to appreciate my guitars and appreciate music all together. Its well built and I love it.
It has everything a great!
Features already mentioned for the 3T sunburst model.
Made in China and leaves no impression of "cheapitude ...".
Beautiful guitar color fully meet my expectations. Excellent original settings: Low Action, well adjusted handle (I have not changed anything, and hesitate to even change the pulling ropes).
Backplate 3 ply unlike my Strat US, but hey it's a detail.
Handle end, comfortable, fast. The varnish is awesome in the pictures 'on web' and yet it offers no discomfort or resistance. Comfort! Me who prefers sleeved satin or matt.
Very smooth rosewood fingerboard, frets well finished (do not cut).
Acute Access Made in Strat, no worries.
The knobs offer more resistance than other guitars but frankly there are others reproach to scratch ... And then you get used to very quickly.
Also cited in the opinion on this same model 3T Sunburst.
I just added a rosewood fingerboard does not sound like a maple fingerboard. Nothing to do with the quality but it is question of sound. I have 2 types of handle and it is not the same guitars! A vacuum especially amplified.
The origins microphones are excellent and are not afraid of high saturation (drive) of a tube amp. Clearly they do not go on c ...... when you push the amp. I do not also plans to replace these microphones.
For metal, see the experts in the field. But this model does not address instinctively to this music starting with the color
Another thing; false harmonics come out very easily.
I am the proud owner for a week and I do not expect change your mind anytime soon.
I played for 25 years and do not discover the strat. This is not a beginner guitar, we feel that we have good stuff in his hands.
Personally, I have no desire to spend TOO money to supposedly models "superior".
Price / quality hallucinating, I sign for one of his sisters tomorrow.
I rarely leave his mind, but there it is mandatory!
She is beautiful, she rings and it's a pleasure to leave there running her fingers ...
A good readers salvation.
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