Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 50’s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

The Fender Stratocaster is another iconic guitar design, so well-known that even people who have never played an instrument know about the Strat. What you might not know, however, is how this model differs from the Telecaster above—especially considering they’re the same price and very similar in terms of both their history and their appearance. […]

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Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 50’s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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The Fender Stratocaster is another iconic guitar design, so well-known that even people who have never played an instrument know about the Strat. What you might not know, however, is how this model differs from the Telecaster above—especially considering they’re the same price and very similar in terms of both their history and their appearance.

But don't rush to conclusions.

There are slight differences in the design of these two instruments. The Strat headstock is larger. That added weight lengthens and deepens the sustain. The Strat also features a double cutaway design, as opposed to the Telecaster’s single cutaway, which can make it easier to reach the upper frets—especially for those fast solo lines.

But that's not all:

You’ll also notice a difference in the electronics. The Stratocaster uses three pickups with a 5-way position switch, giving you more options when it comes to customizing your tone. While both use a single-coil pickup, the use of Alnico III magnets in the Stratocaster gives it a softer, more nuanced tone, as opposed to the raw power of a Tele.

Perhaps the most distinctive thing about a Stratocaster, though, is the hardware. It uses a six-saddle tremolo bridge that includes a whammy bar for wide pitch bends and variations. This makes it great for players who like to add more effects to their tone, especially players in the rock and funk genres. All of the hardware is made of high-quality chrome for durability and long-lasting intonation.

Features:

  • Weight: 11.02 pounds
  • Scale length: 25.5”
  • Frets: 21 medium-jumbo
  • Tonewoods: Alder body, maple neck
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Hardware: vintage-style chrome tuners, 6-saddle synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Pickups: Custom Stratocaster single-coil Alnico III (neck, middle, and bridge)
  • Color options: 2-color sunburst, 3-color sunburst, Sherwood Green Metallic

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