"The glorious neck staining and the warmth of those pickups make the CV 60s Strat a serious guitar that just so happens to look, feel, and sound amazing": Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster review

Heavy on the vibes, but not on the price

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster review
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Guitar World Verdict

The Squier Classic Vibe 60s Strat looks, sounds and feels like a much more expensive instrument and, at under $400, it represents tremendous value. Small details like the neck finish and the vintage hardware add up to create a guitar which is full of character and personality. It goes to show; sometimes vibe is more important than a spec-sheet.


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    The neck is a marvel

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    Neck pickup sounds great

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    Instantly familiar to play


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    More color options would be nice

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Squier’s Classic Vibe series is slowly coming up to its 20th anniversary. In that time, it has introduced a host of now much-loved versions of Fender icons and, in the process, built itself a reputation for offering – dare we say it – better pound-for-pound value than the equivalent entry-level Fender models. Given the choice, I’d probably opt for a Classic Vibe Strat over a base Mexican Fender, for example. The guitar on review today, a Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster, is a perfect example of why. Allow me to explain. 

Electric guitars, like cars or wristwatches, all have objective merits and ways to grade these merits. The materials used, the craftsmanship that went into producing them, or the country of origin, for example. But they also all have a far less simple, intangible metric against which they’re judged: vibe. In the same way, a $20 Casio and a $10k Omega both just fundamentally tell the time; they both hold their own characteristic vibe. No two vibes are alike, and people seek out different things to match their requirements, personalities, or desire to express themselves. 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.