Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline

Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline, Elektrische Gitarre mit Hollow Body/Semi-Hollow Body from Squier in the Telecaster series.

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King Loudness 30/12/2011

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline: Produktbewertung von King Loudness (content in English)

"Really, really cool."

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The Squier Classic Vibe thinline Tele is a ressiue of the Telecaster that Fender introduced under CBS in the late sixties to appeal to a wider audience. It takes the typical Tele layout shape and electronics wise and mates it to a nice semi hollow body for increased resonance and trading some of the inherent brightness for a warmer, rounder tone. The guitar features a mahogany body (unusual for Fender in general, but it works here) a maple neck with 21 frets, standard Tele tuners and bridge, and a pair of classic Tonerider Tele pickups wired to a standard Tele setup of volume/tone/pickup selector. They are built to a certain price point, so Squier has these built in China, but the quality is really a wonderful thing and lots of players are giving them a serious look, sometimes even over an American made Fender.


The design of this guitar is pretty ergonomic to me. The hollow body does give it a bit of nice weight relief, so it is a guitar that's light enough for stage use. Other than this fact, the guitar feels much like a typical Tele, so the shape is devoid of the contouring that is found on many other Fenders. This brings the shape ergonomics down a bit, as does the blocky neck heel which is a common malady of Fender's designs. The upper fret access is not bad considering the neck heel and the fact that it's only a single cutaway. Overall I was pretty impressed on the occasions when I've jammed on one as I was able to do rhythms and leads pretty easily.

Getting a good tone out of this guitar is pretty easy. Squier used great pickups in these guitars and they work very well for many applications. The mahogany body and semi hollow construction take away some of that Tele twang, but it's replaced with a Gibson-esque warmth and a bit more sustain. Clean and drive tones sound great with this guitar due to the balanced frequency spectrum that it covers.


This guitar, like the other CVs, is much more of a vintage sounding instrument and I found it sounded best with more vintage sounding amps as a result. The clean tones are nice and jangly, but with a punchiness and warmth that can only be had from mahogany. The semi hollow nature of the guitar also adds some heft to the tone by making it sound a bit more airy as well. Using drive (sparingly, mind you, since this IS a semi and will feed back at high gain levels) is great for some raunchy blues or rock tones with those subtle hints of distortion and clipping that so many players are into. You can't go TOO crazy with the gain levels on this guitar due to its construction and the fact that the single coils will start to hum given the distortion.


All in all I think the Squier Classic Vibe Thinline Tele is a great buy for the money. It combines the classic Fender feel and jangly tones with a warm Gibson type sound and the semi hollow tone for a very attractive price. At about $350 new it's just a fantastic deal, and being that all the stock parts are of decent quality, there's no real need for modding unless you have to. There's other cheaper options for thinline Teles out there now, but for my money none of them will touch the Squier in terms of feel, looks and tone. Go try one today!