Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s review

  • £430
  • €349
  • $579

A '60s-style Strat without the vintage price tag

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Our Verdict

Few can top the Classic Vibe when it comes to nailing that authentic Strat mojo.

For

  • Excellent build quality. Nice, rounded tones.

Against

  • Might struggle to cut through.
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So what's the difference between this and the recently reviewed Squier Classic Vibe '50s Strat?

First, there are the finishes: the one you see here is Burgundy Mist, and were Prince a cash-strapped student, we could imagine him saving his purple pennies for this sexy number.

"If you find vintage-voiced Strats too spiky, this fits the bill"

There are a number of other subtle differences, too; most obvious is the rosewood fingerboard, but the two-ply Mint Green scratchplate and skunk-less maple neck are also faithful to Fender's 60s tweaks.

The biggest tonal differences come via the rosewood 'board; where the maple '50s Strat carries a neutral mid character with extra treble, the '60s Strat has a more scooped sound with a deeper low end and more high-end roll-off.

If you find vintage-voiced Strats too spiky, this fits the bill, while the rosewood will also suit players looking for a softer touch.

Adding overdrive accentuates the differences; it's hardly night and day, but you could find it tougher to cut through with the '60s model, although that's nothing a good Tube Screamer won't sort out.

It's worth noting that build quality on our review Strat was nothing short of excellent, with tight neck joints, well-applied finishes and superbly fitted frets, while both vibratos were as smooth as butter, with top-notch tuning stability.

In this price range, you can land more versatile double-cuts from Yamaha, G&L and Fret-King, but few can top the Classic Vibe when it comes to nailing that authentic Strat mojo.

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Tech Specs

Circuitry Type1x volume, 2x tone, 5-way pickup selector
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Scale Length (mm)648
No. of Frets21
Available Finish3-Colour Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Burgundy Mist (shown)
Hardware6-saddle vintage-style Synchronized vibrato, vintage-style tuners
Scale Length (Inches)25.5
Guitar Body MaterialAlder
Pickup Type3x custom vintage-style Strat single coils
Neck MaterialMaple