Classic Vibe Thinline '70s Tele Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by JohnnyMac, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    Anyone here own one? I've been wanting a thinline but I'm not sure which model to look for. I have a CV '50s Tele and think maybe a different pickup configuration would be nice. But, I'd like to hear what others think of the Fender Designed wide range p'ups and how the neck compares to the CV '50s.

    It looks like the one that I'm looking at has an ash body.

    Any input will be much appreciated!

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  2. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    That one is a VM. I like mine.
     
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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    Vintage Modified 72 Thinline then? 2008-2018 run? IF so yes ash body.....the pickups basically sound like Fender humbuckers, no real 'wide range' pickup has been made by Fender since the 70s......

    They used CuNiFe special magnets, which were VERY expensive......the modern ones are just 2 spread out humbucker coils in the larger housing.....and wax potted....

    Neck should be similar to CV50s, maybe slightly thinner back to front.....
     
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  4. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    If it's a VM rather than a CV then that changes the value a bit.
     
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  5. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    If what is the case? The older VM is the better guitar IMHO......new production has cheaper components and body woods to bring costs down.....
     
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  6. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    But wouldn't the perceived and actual value of the VM be less than the CV, quality aside?

    Edit: Actually, I see that they go for about the same price new and used price for the VM is $350+.
     
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  7. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    No, not at all.....the opposite.

    People are valuing the old VM's and CV's higher than the new ones in the used market - quality isn't as good to most people, not all....

    Yes the used price and new price of both is close, but the VM's are trending to sell around $300 US used now.....

    they didn't raise the quality of the guitar when production designation changed from Vintage Modified to Classic Vibe. The lowered it.....
     
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  8. I recently sold a '97 China VM Thinline (left) for $275 CAD / $206 USD. I thought I was lucky to get that amount. That also included a new Wilkinson brass saddle compensated bridge. It's a 24¾" scale which I didn't really bond with.

    Next to the right, my CV Thinlne which I won't be selling, but has a used market value of $450 CAD / $338 USD. These are local used prices which will vary area to area.


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    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  9. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    Those older 24.75" scale China made VM Thinline Teles are going for $300+ US used, I got $350 Canadian for one 2 years ago....shoreline gold.....
     
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  10. The guy I sold it to said he preferred the black version.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  11. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

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    Tale of the tape: CV / TL (on left)
    neck width at nut 1 11/16" / 1 5/8"
    thickness 1st fret 13/16" / 13/16"
    thickness 12th fret 7/8" / 15/16"

    I was kinda surprised, as the TL looks and feels fatter. But the calipers don't lie.
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  12. nicod98

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    I like it, but not as much as later versions.

    By the way, it cannot have been a 1997 VM, I expect it to have been 2007. In 1997 you would have had the Pro Tone thinline (which was better IMHO).

    My VM 72 Thinline is my number 2 (after my Fender MP Thinline).
     
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  13. Thanks … one key stroke away and missed during proof read. A 2007 China made.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  14. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    This is the one that I want but I don't think Tab would sell it to me.

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  15. JohnnyMac

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    Another local choice is this Modern Player P90 for about the same money.

    CV, VM and the MP each about $350.




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  16. Guitarmageddon

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    That one is more rare and climbing in value......
     
  17. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

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    Out w/the wide range. Got this pickguard from a TX ebay seller, lined up perfect, bleepin' drop-in, $17. Add a couple of Dimarzios from the parts drawer.......done. DSCN3668-001.JPG
     
  18. Gloveberg

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  19. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    Tough choice. CV, VM or Modern Player. I'm leaning toward the VM. More '70s style and a beautiful ash body. If I hesitate long enough they'll all be gone and I won't need to worry about it.

    EDIT: Looks like the Modern Player is gone. Two to go.
     
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  20. billyb

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    I have a 2014 (?) VM Sunburst that plays and sounds like a MUCH more expensive guitar IMO...
    The VM's had "Fender" stamped saddles and pups...The CV's do not.
    The VM's also had medium jumbo frets and I think the newer CV's are medium talls...
    Can't vouch for any diffs in the neck shape...
    The VM's seem to be holding steady at around $325-$360.
     
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