Squier’s prestigious Classic Vibe line-up was first introduced to the world in 2008, and were quickly established as some of the finest models the company had ever produced. The idea behind the Classic Vibe Series was simple: provide a range of affordable instruments based on classic Fender designs, that combine great sound, vintage looks, and unbeatable value. With the re-vamped 2019 Squier Bass Classic Vibe range, not only do you get a choice of even more finishes, pickup configurations, and instrument types (there’s even a couple of Bass VI models!), but they also come packed with newly designed features to give you even more value for money.
Featuring high-quality Poplar bodies – tonally similar to the Alder used on their more expensive brethren – with Maple necks, a choice between Maple and Indian Laurel for the fingerboards, and a whole host of Fender Designed appointments, hardware and electronics, these instruments are made to appeal to players from all walks of life. But, why should you play one? Well, I’m glad you asked…
5 REASONS TO PLAY A 2019 SQUIER CLASSIC VIBE GUITAR
1. 100% DESIGNED BY FENDER
Every component included in the 2019 Squier Classic Vibe range has been designed by Fender. No, really! From the all-new alnico pickups and Wide Range humbuckers to the bridges, machine heads, and control pot knobs – it’s all Fender-designed. This means that not only do these instruments feel and play more like a genuine Fender than previous models, but they’re also packed full of that familiar vintage Fender sound, with all of the sparkle and nuances that we’ve come to know and love.
2. INSPIRED BY VINTAGE FENDER MODELS
Each of the guitars and basses in the new Squier Classic Vibe line-up are based upon genuine Fender models of yesteryear. In addition to the more traditional Strat’s and Tele’s on offer, the 2019 Classic Vibe line-up also boasts a whole host of new faces, many of which will be familiar to the casual player, but some of which may not be. Amongst these models you’ll find Stratocasters with a humbucker in the bridge position, Jaguars with the traditional switching setup and bridge, Telecasters with one or two humbuckers, and even a Bass VI (more on that later).Every aesthetic on these guitars has been chosen to replicate the instruments of their particular time period - from headstock shapes/sizes to decals, control knobs and more – completing the vintage look and feel in traditional Fender fashion.
3. SUPERB VALUE FOR MONEY
One of the biggest sticking points for vintage-inspired guitars is often the price – it’s not uncommon to see a 60’s guitar replica on sale for more than £1000! With the Squier Classic Vibe guitar line-up though, that’s not the case. These guitars are cheap, but only when it comes to their asking price. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that if you were to play one whilst blindfolded, and then asked you to hazard a guess as to how much it would cost, you’d be above the mark by several hundred £’s. So, if you’re looking to buy the best cheap guitar that plays, looks, and sounds like something much more expensive, then you might want to make it a Squier Classic Vibe.
4.HIGH LEVELS OF PLAYABILITY
While they may certainly look and sound like vintage instruments, these 2019 Squier models boast the kind of playability normally found on modern instruments. With their modern “C”-shaped neck profiles and 9.5” fingerboard radiuses, these instruments are comfortable to play regardless of your playstyle. In addition to this, the lower-bout cutaways on each instrument grants you easy access to the neck’s upper frets, whilst the Narrow Tall fret types give you great finger control, and allow you to add inflections ranging from smooth vibrato through to big, bluesy bends to your playing with ease.
5. IDEAL FOR RELATIVE BEGINNERS
Due to the combination of their high levels of playability and super-affordable price, the 2019 Squier Classic Vibe range would be an excellent beginner guitar for players that are completely new to the instrument. However, when you factor in the quality you’re getting, both in terms of construction and tone, you’ll see that they would also make an ideal first gigging guitar for an aspiring pro that’s looking to upgrade, or even a perfect backup guitar for an experienced professional. These 2019 Squier guitars manage to take that budget-friendly reputation they’ve earned over the decades, and easily bump it up a notch or two into much more prestigious territory.
PAUL’S TOP PICKS
Picking my favourites from the illustrious 2019 Squier Classic Vibe line-up has been tough, because it’s as varied as you’d expect in terms of models and finishes. However, after thinking long and hard about it, I’ve come up with my 5 top picks from the range (plus one honourable mention), based upon my own personal preferences.