Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by X-Ray Spex » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:18 am

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Sorry, I had some kind of brain fart while typing that, I was referring to the 10.6lb jag referred to in the posts above mine. I was literally thinking "I have some 8.x lb jags, how is it a full 2 lbs heavier?" and somehow ended up typing 8.6 instead of 10.6.

I own about 9 jags and I think the lightest is around 8.5, but none approach 10.6lbs. That's excessive.
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True, but goddamn does that look goofy. Plus I wouldn't put it past me or one of the band members accidentally knocking it over during the show.
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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by RIORIO » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:46 pm

Can confirm these are EPIC. Found one at a Sam ash in Manhattan...I was the first one to touch it out of the box. Tuned it up and played pretty well! Neck is fantastic, really like the pickups. Weight was just over 8lbs. Bridge was garbage....going to find a black one and match the headstock 8)

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Debaser » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:23 pm

I just got mine today, and I’m satisfied, but not quite 400 bucks satisfied. A Classic Vibe? Not exactly. Here’s the stats:

Neck feels great and pretty healthy, as I hoped. It’s 0.87” at the first fret and 0.93” at the 12th. This makes my left hand happy, not like that you sickos. If I didn’t get an even-toned IL fretboard neck I would of passed on this, but I got lucky. It darkened up well with some fretboard conditioner. The nut is sloppy, the binding is too. On a good note, the inlay is done neat and clean. Fretwork is good, tuners are good, I didn’t see a Hanchang stamp found on VMs, so they might be the Pings that are found on the original CVs, with the nickel plating.

The neck pocket doesn’t appear to be angled, but I actually didn’t check, I just assumed it wasn’t since the bridge was slammed flush to the pickguard. Shim went in right away.

The bridge is nice, as in “inexpensive Mustang bridge machined to a 9.5” radius”-nice. The saddles are chromed brass. If this bridge offends, then one probably doesn’t like the rocking aspect. The only issue was the low E saddle had an angled intonation screw that almost hit the string. I’ll have to clip the screw at some point for good measure. The string spacing is just shy of 53mm.

I like the way the pickups sound. I won’t bother doing a demo, pickups are personal. YouTube makes us hear with our eyes. I could tell you they sound like shit but what does that even mean? They don’t, they are really good, just like my old VM Jag I sold. 5.85k on the neck, 11.3k on the bridge. It’s like I’ve played this guitar before...

Pickguard is not cut very well but it’s ‘real’ not printed. Too dark for me but I’m good with that on the very pale surf green. Set screw knobs. Weighs 8.2 pounds.

It’s like FMIC is rushing these out, given some sloppy finishing. I’m not complaining though, I love this Jag and I’m keeping it. Solid deal, hopefully quality improves to uphold the CV moniker.

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by unreal77 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:26 pm

That green jag is almost an Instant Ronald Jones model.

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Pacafeliz » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:13 pm

Shit that's some real dark tort!
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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by alexpigment » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:17 pm

That green looks really nice. Glad to hear the fretboard darkened up with the fretboard conditioner - I was hoping to see pictures of that at some point. Gives me hope for buying a IL Squier in the future.

As for the pickguard being too dark, I've seen this trend happening on other Fenders too. I bought two Classic Player pickguards for cheap on eBay, and both were too dark to use. Fortunately they were only $25 shipped for both. One thing to double check is that there aren't 2 layers of protective plastic on the guard (which seems to be the norm these days, at least on aftermarket guards).

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by NICQ » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:53 pm

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just wanted to say how great the matching pedals look with the guitar! matching headstock? Please... - you just upped the game :D
and I didn't know there was a surf green Timmy with blue letters - awesome!

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Mervynskidmore » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:34 am

I've seen a few reviews online saying that the tuners are crap and a big step down from the VM ones. Also that the have plastic knobs. Anyone here who has one got an opinion?

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by lespaulfreak93 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:18 am

Well I thought my GAS was cured but then you posted that Surf Green one and now I want another one...
Hope this is normal with offsets.

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by alexpigment » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:30 am

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I've seen a few reviews online saying that the tuners are crap and a big step down from the VM ones. Also that the have plastic knobs. Anyone here who has one got an opinion?
I can't speak for those who have one, but I would have to guess that it's more related to the nut (which is a new material on the Classic Vibe). There are crap tuners, sure, but usually it's just that they have some "play" in them or that the gear ratio is not as high as it could be - not that they don't hold tune well. Poor cutting of the nut slots is by far the #1 reason for tuning issues. Usually if you push the string down between the nut and the tuners and it goes sharp, you're looking at a nut problem and not the tuners. That's not to say that there wasn't a change in tuners from VM to Classic Vibe, but my gut is that they had no reason to change them.

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by parry » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:47 am

B&B necks are my favourites - and squinting from a good distance these look good. I just wish I could unsee that the blocks are the wrong shape :derp:
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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Debaser » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:59 am

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I've seen a few reviews online saying that the tuners are crap and a big step down from the VM ones. Also that the have plastic knobs. Anyone here who has one got an opinion?
The tuners are not crap, they work well. Some original VM Offsets had Hanchang vintage-style splits, you can see the HC stamp under the mounting flange. The CVCs I parted out, when I bothered to check, had the Ping stamp. Both are good quality, I’ve never needed to replace them with my preference, Gotoh splits. If they have plastic buttons, it’s because the vintage models came with them. Mine certainly aren’t plastic.

The nut needed dressing, so I polished and used some graphite.

(Edit) The CV Jag tuners have a 15:1 tuning ratio, no different from Gotoh, Ping, or HC.
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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Debaser » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:07 am

NICQ wrote:
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just wanted to say how great the matching pedals look with the guitar! matching headstock? Please... - you just upped the game :D
and I didn't know there was a surf green Timmy with blue letters - awesome!
I don’t know how I got sucked into this surf green thing. Started with the Topanga limited, then I found the Timmy. Out of nowhere, Tavo found a left over seafoam mint sparkle Mystery Brain box...I don’t remember what happened next. When I came to I had this guitar and I was gluing surf green Tolex to my 6G15 tube reverb clone... :fp:

I think you’re right, I have to match the headstock..
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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by alexpigment » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:20 am

I'm not really a fan of matched headstocks myself. Something about the color being disembodied from the guitar itself by the neck makes it seem like a weird island of color. I dig the stained wood color of the headstock. That being said, I really don't mind it when the color is a lot lighter than the fretboard.

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Re: Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar

Post by Gordon » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:10 pm

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I don’t know how I got sucked into this surf green thing. Started with the Topanga limited, then I found the Timmy. Out of nowhere, Tavo found a left over seafoam mint sparkle Mystery Brain box...I don’t remember what happened next. When I came to I had this guitar and I was gluing surf green Tolex to my 6G15 tube reverb clone... :fp:
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