Classic Vibes?

Rounder44

Strat-Talker
Mar 1, 2018
246
TUCSON, AZ
Hi,

How are these guitars for experimenting? Goofing around with pick ups etc...

There's one locally a guy has upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and an SSL-5 custom in the bridge. A Mojotone wiring kit was also installed which wires the bridge pickup to one of the tone controls.

$250.....

What's the appeal of these otherwise as opposed to a plain old Squier I see for $100 used....

Thanks!

R44
 

Guitarmageddon

Dr. Stratster
Apr 19, 2014
27,148
Canada
Hi,

How are these guitars for experimenting? Goofing around with pick ups etc...

There's one locally a guy has upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and an SSL-5 custom in the bridge. A Mojotone wiring kit was also installed which wires the bridge pickup to one of the tone controls.

$250.....

What's the appeal of these otherwise as opposed to a plain old Squier I see for $100 used....

Thanks!

R44

They're a top notch pro level guitar that needs ZERO upgrading.....

$400 new.....but with those upgrades at $250 that's a STEAL!

What's the appeal? They are super high quality - gloss amber necks, great fit and finish, full thickness solid alder bodies. As good to many and to me as any Mexico or USA Fender. Awesome fret work. High quality vintage split shaft tuners. Comparing this to a $100 Squier is like night and day.

If it said FENDER on the headstock and was made in Mexico the guitar would be worth like $600-700 new. I can't say enough great things about them and Squier in general.

Go there not expecting some budget guitar....go there expecting to be blown away compared to other Squier stuff.....
 

johnnymg

Most Honored Senior Member
Sep 5, 2015
6,621
Out Where the Busses Don't Run
Hi,

How are these guitars for experimenting? Goofing around with pick ups etc...

There's one locally a guy has upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and an SSL-5 custom in the bridge. A Mojotone wiring kit was also installed which wires the bridge pickup to one of the tone controls.

$250.....

What's the appeal of these otherwise as opposed to a plain old Squier I see for $100 used....

Thanks!

R44

The CV's are 'mid range' guitars with (often) much higher end feel/vibe. The factory pups are VERY good IMO. Those SD pups are also very good. Depending on the condition of the guitar it might be worth $250. i.e. it should be in great condition (frets and finish) to command that price. JMO.
 

BuddhaFingas

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 16, 2019
1,734
Chino Hills, CA
Only upgrade I've made to my CV 50's Tele was to Faraday the cavity, which made a great difference in blocking AC hum. Apparently the kitchen dishwasher throws off more EMI than the Russian Woodpecker.
Oh, and after nearly 2 years of playing it I finally changed the strings that came on it.
I ordered a set of compensated saddles for it recently.
Eventually I might replace the pots to get a better taper, but otherwise it's well made and plays easily. Holds tune well, too.
A lucky (and well-researched) first guitar purchase.
Love my strat, but the Tele gets played several times a week, too, just because.
 

IronSchef

Senior Stratmaster
May 17, 2012
1,427
Flew Here On My Dragonfly
the CVs are really well made guitars -- the neck is a bit slimmer than an MIM neck would be, and some folks don't get along w/ the thick gloss, but others (like me) love those necks -- I have used CV50s Strat and Tele necks on several partscaster builds and a CV50s Tele BSB I turned into a "Micawber" tribute :)
 

Will Lefeurve

Most Honored Senior Member
Mar 1, 2016
5,902
Angleterre et France
installing anything Seymour Duncan would be a serious DOWN grade, not up.

The CV Strats made in China are pretty close to "perfect" right out of the box. A setup for personal taste in strings and action, but that's about it.

My thoughts entirely.. as a CV 50s Tele owner, I can quite honestly say.. its an incredible guitar as is. No need to mess.. just play.. :thumb:
 

macoshark

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 30, 2016
1,433
arizona
My avatar shows 2 CVs and there all that's been said here. I like the neck on those a bit more than the AS pictured on the right I felt my action was a bit high on the SN CV on the left so I went the Ron Kirn way and leveled and crowned it. I Just can't handle any buzzing, especially if it's correctable
 

archetype

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Nov 26, 2016
4,181
Western NY, USA
I love my 50s cv tele.

Bridge saddles are being swapped soon because I could not get rid of sitar buzzing.

Tge bridge pickup was shrill to my ears so I got a different one.

Other than that, stellar guitar.

Those grooved saddles sometimes introduce weirdness or rattle.

Mine, too, is a stellar guitar. :D
 

Vic Interceptor

Strat-Talker
Dec 28, 2017
437
Dixie
I've told this story countless times.... my dad started playing guitar around 1950, on either a Broadcaster or Nocaster. Through the years he had Strats, Jazzmasters, Jaguar and Coronado, and later CIJ, AVRI, MIA Fenders and Gibsons. Around 2010 I gave him a 60s CV Strat, which he played till he died. He often said "of all the guitars I've had, this is the best one" Is it exceptional? No, because a friend has one and it's very similar.

If an alien came to earth and said "What's a Strat sound like" it's the one I'm plugging in. It is the strat-iest Strat tone I know of, it bridges all eras. Those pickups are great, they just take time to get the height dialed in.
 

AxemanVR

I appreciate, therefore I am...
Silver Member
Feb 8, 2014
5,849
Minnesota USA
How are these guitars for experimenting? Goofing around with pick ups etc...

There's one locally a guy has upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and an SSL-5 custom in the bridge. A Mojotone wiring kit was also installed which wires the bridge pickup to one of the tone controls.

$250.....

What's the appeal of these otherwise as opposed to a plain old Squier I see for $100 used....
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Sorry, but if it were me, I'd want a stock Classic Vibe with the original pickups... they're that good!

Don't get me wrong, I love Seymour Duncan, but if I were in the market for a Squier Classic Vibe I'd want the "authentic experience", which includes those awesome pickups.

My 2cents...


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HighwayStar106

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 5, 2018
1,808
United Kingdom
I'm sure I'm alone in this, but I think if the CV Squiers had Fender logos and cost twice as much, there would be nowhere near as much hype surrounding them. I've played CV '50s and '60s Strats, a '60s Tele and 2 '50s Teles, and there was nothing about them I preferred over my MIM Deluxe Lone Star Strat.

However, I still want one of the '50s Teles. :D
 


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