Baritone fans, rejoice: Squier has announced a Classic Vibe Baritone Custom Telecaster

Squier Classic Vibe Baritone Custom Telecaster
(Image credit: Fender)

When Squier releases baritone guitars, guitarists tend to get a little… excited. Maybe it’s because a baritone is that perfect ‘other’ electric – ideal for laying thicc overdubs or the occasional doom track – but previous offerings have attracted huge cult followings, not least the Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster, which at one point was selling upwards of $2,000 on the used market.

All of which explains why we’re stoked that Fender is releasing a new Squier baritone for 2022, the Classic Vibe Baritone Custom Telecaster.

Unlike the Paranormal Baritone Cabronita Telecaster or 2012’s HSS Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone, this Classic Vibe model is built to a traditional Telecaster spec, with the obligatory 27” scale length to handle those lower tunings.

Aesthetically, the model nods to Tele builds of the ’60s, with a double-bound body and ’60s-inspired ‘Custom Telecaster’ headstock markings, while its maple neck is a classic C shape with vintage-tint gloss finish, complete with 9.5”-radius laurel fingerboard and narrow-tall frets.

Pickups are Fender-Designed alnico single coils – no word on the output of these just yet – while the bridge is a vintage-style, string-through-body Tele design with barrel saddles.

This being a Squier, the price is attractive enough at $499 to snap it up as a secret studio weapon, and you get a choice of Black and 3-Color Sunburst finishes, too.

The Classic Vibe Baritone Custom Telecaster is one of several big Squier launches today – the company has also unveiled a raft of new 40th Anniversary models, celebrating 40 years of guitar-building under the brand.

Head over to our Fender news hub for all the latest on the company’s 2022 releases.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.