Aren't these...the same? -- Classic Vibe vs Vintage Modified

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Veeseaczar, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Veeseaczar

    Veeseaczar TDPRI Member

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    Probably a broken record question, but I haven't found an updated conversation regarding this question for 2019

    a year when Squier is offering this:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/squie...ic-vibe-70s-telecaster-deluxe/0374060505.html

    and this:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/squie...ge-modified-telecaster-deluxe/0301265505.html

    Spot the effin' difference. Scrutinizing specs on the site says the CV (first) is made of poplar, has the new Narrow Tall frets, and uses the "Fender Designed" pickups--while the VM is maple, uses medium jumbo frets, and has the proper Fender Wide Range humbuckers.

    The kicker--------------------------------------------------------------------they're both 399.99.

    wat.
    help.
    y different.
    pls unconfuze.
     
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  2. rghill

    rghill Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    In addition to what you said above:

    CV has 9.5 radius vs. VM has 12" radius.
    CV has tinted finish on neck.

    Both are Made in Indonesia, so it is somewhat confusing. I would go with CV because of the neck and poplar body, given everything else is a wash.
     
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    VM range is discontinued, I believe. It's still on their site because there are still new ones in shops.
     
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    Are CV's made in Indonesia now? They were made in China, I hadn't heard they changed.
    The Classic Vibe range is supposedly Squiers top of the line. I'd have to agree going by the ones I have played and the one I own.
     
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    They've just changed the name to Classic Vibe, consolidating two ranges into one. Creating more confusion by trying to remove some.

    Go go marketing department...
     
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    For everyone who didn't get the memo, all CV models currently made in China are being discontinued as soon as current stock is depleted (no more are being built), and will be replaced by new made in Indonesia versions to be introduced at summer NAMM. Also, I believe all VM models are also being discontinued and replaced by similar models to be called CV instead of VM.
     
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    Squier is shooting itself in the foot IMO. There are already too many Squier models out and now they're cross-pollinating them in the name of marketing. Mixing the VM/CV line, moving manufacturing around, etc.
     
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    The body of the VM is poplar, not maple.
    Al
     
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    After looking at the specs on Fender's website, the CV Tele Custom is poplar, the VM Tele Custom is basswood, and the bridge pickup on the CV is a Fender designed alnico single coil, while the VM one is a Duncan designed TE101B, and both neck pickups are described as a wide range humbucker, with the CV saying it's Fender designed, and the VM saying just Fender. The other differences are that the neck on the CV is tinted, the VM isn't, the frets on the CV are narrow/tall, the VM ones are medium jumbo, the hardware on the CV is nickel, on the VM it's chrome, and the CV has a bone nut, on the VM it's something called PPS, which I assume is some kind of plastic.
     
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    I did the same thing looking for a Squier Telecaster Custom. CV or VM - ???
    They're almost identical & cost the same.
    The current range of 'Vintage Modified' guitars don't seem to be modified at all, unlike the previous VM range.
     
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    I have some nice, well-made Indonesian guitars. But I cant imagine that the Indo CVs will be up to par with the Chinese CVs.

    It may be the trade war, it may be rising costs of production in China, but from a consumer standpoint, they're fixing something that is not broken.

    I will be thrilled if these new Indo CVs are awesome, but I'm not encouraged.

    Also--Indian Laural fretboards? I need to play one to see what they are like. I'm a rosewood man.
     
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    The last Squiers with rosewood were made in 2017. After the new CITES regulations Squier guitars all switched to laurel, just as all Mexican Fenders switched to pau ferro. The main differences between the current (and now discontinued) Chinese CV guitars and the new Indonesian ones, besides changing factories, is the switch from alder to poplar.
     
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    Sad to hear that about the CV. The few I've played have been great guitars.

    In contrast, I bought myself a VM bass a couple years back. Every part - pickups, electronics, tuners, bridge were all junk. Also had to toothpick every hole because the wood was so soft. It's been a project getting it into giggable condition. I do like the neck though.
     
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    So do you guys think they're basically just engaging in a production-cost saving move?

    Like is this them just shuffling everything around to keep their overheads the same?
     
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    Yeah, it seems like a cost cutting move, 'cause labor costs in China are rising, and are higher than in Indonesia. And, Fender keeps introducing new lines every year to generate interest. But, after this, they're gonna have nowhere to go, 'cause the Am Original, Am Pro, Am Performer, Mexican Player series, and now the new CV series are all new. About the only thing left is the Mexican CP Series, which is a few years old. Even the Mexican Deluxe series was just revamped a couple of years ago. So, it seems that only the Standard series from Squier, and the Elite or CP series from Fender are old enough to be redone again already, but even those are only a few years old.
     
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    Or God forbid... they run out of things to reboot and have to come up with a new business model entirely.


    Like using their body styles as platforms and offering a selection of a la carte upgrades and tweaks.
     
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    They don't seem to come up with anything truly new, usually just things like a Strat in a Tele body, or a Tele in a Strat body, a Gretsch in a Tele body, a Tele in an offset body, etc. Or new artist models like the JP Teles.
    But I like your idea- choose a body style, and then choose what pickups and hardware, color and other details that you want. But, those would be at custom shop prices.
     
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    I just checked the specs on Fender's website, and both the VM Tele Custom and the new CV 70's Tele Custom are 9.5" radius.
     
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    They seem to have inconsistent specs for these two models. Maybe they (Fender) have not seen the model they specified yet!

    I wonder if they are made side by side, or in completely different assembly / factories.
     
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