Squier CV 50s or Fender Player???

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  1. DiGangi1966

    DiGangi1966 Strat-Talk Member

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    I have been a dedicated Strat player for over 40 years. Lately I have really been wanting a Tele. I am a big fan of the Squier Classic Vibe series of guitars. I have both a CV 50s and CV 60s Strat. So naturally I have been looking at the CV 50s Tele. I am also looking at the Fender Player series Tele as well. Can someone maybe give me the pros and cons of going with one over the other? Maybe you have tried both and have a preference. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!!
     
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    BelairPlayer Strat-Talker

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    They’re both fine guitars. There does seem to be a growing consensus that the made in China CVs were notably better. Maybe save yourself a buck or two and buy a used MIC CV or go with the Player.
     
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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    Do you like big frets or small frets? bigger neck or slimmer neck?
    Personally as long as it’s set up well, I can get along with any.

    they’ll sound essentially the same, through the same amp with the same person playing it.
     
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    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    Many people love the CV, I am one of them. They feel better in my hands, I prefer the vintage styling and they are cheaper, so what's not to love? If you can, play a Made in China CV and see if you like it :)
     
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  5. DiGangi1966

    DiGangi1966 Strat-Talk Member

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    Both of my CV Strats are made in China, have not tried the Indonesia version...
     
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    DiGangi1966 Strat-Talk Member

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    I like a bigger neck and I think I am like one of the only people that likes the heavy finish on the necks. Not a big fan of a Satin neck.
     
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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    I think the CVs generally have thinner necks. Player is still not a thick neck, but I think it will be a bit more substantial than the CV.

    both of them have gloss necks. I like the finished necks too.
     
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    bsman Senior Stratmaster

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    If money is tight, go with the CV - they are nice (although not everyone likes a skinny, glossy neck). If the extra $2-300 isn't a big issue, definitely go with the Player. The electronics and overall construction quality are better - you're essentially getting the same guitar as a 2008-2011 American Standard.
     
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    Ditto........

    I love my Player Tele....

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    you are going to love your CV 50s Tele as much as you love your CV Strats :)
     
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    Well I hope i’m not straying too far off topic but since you mention the Player model.......
    I just bought my first Tele (second ever electric) and I went with the new Player PLus model. I love it. It just seemed like the extra features were more than worth the up charge from the Player. It has a comfortable belly cut out,rolled fret edges,locking tuners,noiseless pickups,push/pull tone knob and a fairly decent gig bag. May be more than you want to spend but IMO it’s the best value. They sell for $999 but a simple call to a well known retailer saved me 12%. I was a little surprised they discounted it that much since I bought it the first week they came out.
    Now having said all that I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of those choices. Good luck and have fun!
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, I think this is what it comes down to. Same sounds, different feel. Which feel do you prefer?

    Don't worry about the Fender vs Squier, Mexico vs China part. They're just factory locations.
     
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    I love my 2020 CV50s Strat. 20210611_182257.jpg
    These are very nice players.
    I found mine to be gr8 as is .
    Sounds sweeet floating.
    Holds tune even with moderate trem use.

    I got mine used, but it was immaculate !
     
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    Not at all. The ones I played had very similar sized necks, but the CV50s felt much better, so I bought it.
     
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    There ain't a right or wrong answer here
    Either one you're getting a good guitar
     
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    In 2017/2018, I went to a music store to buy a Tele. I tried every single Tele they had (about 10 of them): USA Standard, MIM Standard, etc etc. The best guitar of them all was a Squier CV 50's Tele (one of the older MIC models). I was so shocked at the time that I stupidly didn't bought it.
     
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    The only fallacy in this thread is that the Chinese classic vibes are better than the Indonesian classic vibes. I’ve owned a bunch of both, they’re not.
     
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    They are all quality instruments, the best is the one that fits you best.
     
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    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I do believe that they are good, not so good and bad instruments regardless of the country of manufacture.
     
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    Agreed. One of the worst Teles I've played was a poorly setup Player at GC a few years ago when I was trying out some amps. Everything was off about it but a good setup would have fixed it.

    The setup on CVs can also be an issue since they're made in a tropical region, shipped across ocean(s), arrive at a warehouse in a temperate area and, perhaps, displayed in a store where they're handled a lot.