What happens when you find an inexpensive guitar, made in China, which seems to perform at a pro level? Particularly if you know you are going to be playing dates where your high-end instruments may suffer?
I was looking for a cheap electric guitar that I could use as a sub for my primary instruments for some of the dates I am playing over the next few months. And someone suggested that I try the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster ’50s.
There is a lot of buzz about this particular guitar. And I have to admit that I was really surprised with how well the instrument played. Especially when it was priced at around four hundred dollars. The folks at Twelfth Fret describe the guitar this way:
The new Classic Vibe Series from the Fender/Squier company has really got our staff excited. It is pretty tough to beat these guitars! Take the new Classic Vibe Tele … with its great med/low elliptical neck profile and highly polished medium jumbo frets … the translucent Vintage Blonde finish showing just a hint of grain from the solid pine body … the AlNiCo 3 single coil pickups … the brass saddles … this is an instrument worthy of a pro player, at an entry-level price point!
It came home with me last night. And the guitar does play. Frankly, I am still shocked. Similar reactions can be found here.