Are Classic Vibe Strats as good as CV Teles?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Mistercharlie, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Mistercharlie

    Mistercharlie Tele-Holic

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    I have a CV Thinline, but I hardly ever play it since getting a Music Man Valentine a year ago. The Valentine covers everything the Tele does and more. It’s not even useful for a beater guitar, because I have a Steinberger Spirit that’s perfect for sofa playing and grab-n-go.

    I’m thinking I might swap the Tele for a Strat. The CV Teles are amazing, as we know. Are the Strats as good? Or is there another option in swapping price range?
     
  2. ukepicker

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    I can't speak for the whole strat, but I have a CV 60s neck that I really like. Tuners, nut, string trees all original and pretty well used when I bought it (for $50!). It's the best fender-style neck I've owned and really upped the ante for any future guitars I might own. I rarely pick up a strat and think "oh, I like this neck better."

    In my experience, most of the (necks on the) 60s strats I've seen are of a similar quality and feel as mine.

    But I'm a firm believer and playing everything you can get your hands on. The one that fits you best will be obvious in your hands, not on paper. And it could be a freakishly good Affinity strat or even a pointy Ibanez!
     
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    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    They are very nice. Same well-finished neck and quality pickups. The trem block is pretty unsubstantial, but cheap to replace.
     
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  4. Mistercharlie

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    That’s what we like! Possible mods and upgrades!
     
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  5. soulman969

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    Of those I've seen or played I'd say the overall quality of the builds are comparable. Whether or not you like it's specs is another thing entirely. But all CVs are made to accept MIA spec parts so modifying one isn't a huge chore. Both my CVC Teles have been including neck, pickups, and bridges and I have a buddy with a CV Surfcaster he's modified and it's a great guitar. IMHO all CVs are high value guitars and basses.
     
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    I found the specs on the CV Tele to be great. I guess the trick is to play a few in store, then try to find something to swap for my Tele.
     
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    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    In my experience, yes.
     
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    Ive had several- great for the money, but a little thuddie sounding cause of their weight!
     
  9. Mistercharlie

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    They’re heavy?
    I thought strats were light.
     
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    I think so. Only played CVs at GC; I actually liked the Strats better. All the CV Teles were too heavy IMO.
     
  11. plaidbeer

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    Found a used CV 50s Strat on the cheap and I really like it a lot. Had it set up by my local tech and the Emerson kit installed with a new switch, pots, and jack and it's been great. The tech was impressed with the quality, too. It's every bit as good as my CV Thinline, in terms of quality.


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    ... I REALLY like the pickups in the 50s versions; but you gotta either deck the trem or get a better block...
     
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    More raves about Squier necks. I'd say go into a brick and mortar store and try whatever they have and find one with a neck you like. Then the sky's the limit.
     
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    Had a CV '50 BSB Telecaster and a CV '50's SB Stratocaster and they were great guitars especially considering the price. If you like the Tele you'll like the Strat.
     
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    Looks like you folks made up my mind! Now I just need to find someone who wants the swap...
     
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    I found this with my Simon Neil .nice guitar ,well made ,but heavy .same for other CV strats I tried .My CV 60th anniversary strat was lighter but was sold to part buy my Gibson Midtown which I have to sat is a whole different ball game .I do still have a very light paulowonia bodied strat with Wilkingson trem and bits and bobs that is really nice too.
     
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    Are apples as good as oranges?
     
  18. UncleGizmo

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    I gotta say... every CV tele I have played, I hated. I used to play a basic 70s American and recently bought a used 40th anniversary. Both have killer necks. The CV was over-lacquered for the look, but to the point it played and sounded like crap.

    I usually play strats (have a pre-cbs, an 80s custom and have gone through a few MIM/Squires too). If you can swing a standard MIM strat, go for it. They have a few varieties and pickups make a difference. Make sure to try the bridge pickup. Some are snappy and bright (almost too bright), but some have that chimey-brightness that just gives happy overtones.

    Happy playing!
     
  19. Rod Parsons

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    All CVs come both heavy and light,... and mid-weight. I have a CV Tele in White blond from 2010, that is 8 lbs even,... med weight. I have a 2012 CV-50 Strat that is very light and is a blast to play.. I have followed the weights at Sweetwater's web page, and out of the four CV-50 Teles, typically listed together, their weights could be... 8lb 3 oz,... 8lb 13 oz., ... 7lbs 3 oz,... 9lbs 2 oz... this is just a typical sample, so weights do vary a lot. Same with all CVs.
     
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    Yes, and yes.
     
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