Chinese Squier Classic Vibe Guitars Limited and Special Editions

A lot of SEs and LEs Classic Vibes appear from time to time. This isn't surprising as these are very popular guitars. I can't keep up with all of these but there are some beautiful looking guitars so I will post what I find with any info I have. Additions always appreciated.

November 2016

I have had an Email from Mark Cochrane from Manchester. Mark has a CV50 Classic Vibe Mary Kaye model. He tells me that this guitar was available for a short time only and that he bought his in 2013. The serial number begins CGS12 suggesting a 2012 or 13 manufacture. These don't appear in the catalogues that I can find. I guess this was a special run and that fairly limited numbers are around. Here are a couple of pictures. Thanks Mark much appreciated.

Beautiful guitar indeed

I have also found a FSR Telecaster Custom in Gold Bronze, made in very limited numbers. 28 were available in the UK but how many in other countries I am not sure. They were available in late 2014 I have seen one bought in the UK and one bought in the Netherlands it is a superb looking guitar as the pictures below show.

Thanks to Alainvey of the Strat forum I now know that there is a Stratocaster version of the Gold Bronze. Again we are told only 28 to be imported to the UK.

The Gold Bronze Strat

This Olympic White 60s FSR was still available in Feb 2017 for £398 at gear for music but only three left.

This seafoam green strat was an FSR in 2013
This guitar is said to be Burgundy Mist but looks like purple sparkle to me.

Update April 2018
Two FSRs have just sold on Ebay both from 2013. The first is a Strat 60s in some kind of blue or purple sparkle with a matching headstock the second a Black Telecaster Custom. Some pictures


Sept 2021
A very nice looking Indonesian SE has appeared for sale on Ebay. It's a Telecaster Deluxe in Purple Sparkle. Some pictures

May 2023
Archetype from the Start forum has alerted me to two Special Edition Esquires
The first is for Chicago Musical Exchange, it appears to have been available in 2022 and is a very nice blonde model.
CME gives the specs as follows
Exclusive to Chicago Music Exchange in the USA in Butterscotch Blonde, Fender's first solid body guitar is recreated as a part of Squier's Classic Vibe series. Featuring traditional Esquire wiring, this is an affordable version of an iconic instrument that paved the way for all guitars to follow.
Body: Pine
body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Body Shape: Esquire
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Tinted Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Frets Size: Narrow Tall
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Truss Rods: Head Adjust
Bridge Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Volume Control, Position 2. Volume and Tone Controls, Position 3. Volume Control and Fixed Treble Roll-Off Capacitor.
Pickup Configuration: S
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top

The second one is a 3 colour sunburst 60s style model for Sweetwater here is what they say about it.
Squier Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquire Features:
Sweetwater-exclusive Esquire designed for vintage playability, tone, and presentation
Resonant, lightweight nato body with classic 3-ply parchment pickguard
Single-coil bridge pickup delivers classic tone that inspired so many early guitarists
3-way pickup selector with master volume and tone lets you dial in various sounds
Vintage, 3-saddle, string-through-body bridge stays true to the original design, providing great tuning and intonation support
Classic "C"-profile maple neck with Indian laurel fingerboard offers incredible playability and smooth response
Maple fingerboard features 21 narrow-tall frets for comfortable chording and lead runs
Vintage-style sealed tuners for great stage-ready look

Here's the Sweetwater one.

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