Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player Electric Guitars


If you’re looking for a great quality electric guitar but don’t want to pay thousands for an American-made model, then the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player series are great options to look at, but which is best for you? Is it worth paying the extra for a Fender guitar, or is it just the same guitar but with the iconic logo on the headstock?

In this article, I’ll compare the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Jazzmaster and Mustang models from the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Series so you can decide which guitar to spend your hard earned cash on.

Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player Series

There are 5 models which are found in both the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Series: Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Mustang.

There are some model specific differences between Fender Player and Squier CV guitars including the bridge design, pickup configuration, color choices, and switching options, however many of the differences between the series can be observed on all models.

Squier Classic Vibe guitars are made in China and Indonesia, whilst Fender Player guitars are made in Mexico. The Squier Classic Vibe guitars have a gloss C-shape neck and narrow tall frets, whilst Fender Player guitars have a satin modern C-shape neck and medium jumbo frets.

The Squier Classic Vibe series features slimmer feeling necks compared to the Fender Player series. The narrow tall frets on Classic Vibe make it a bit more difficult to slide up and down the neck without bumping into the fret wiring. The medium jumbo frets on the Player series make it easier to press down on the strings and improve sustain. It’s personal preference though as to which will feel the most comfortable to you.

The Fender Player series have some notable upgrades such as the pickups and bridge designs, however the nut material is plastic whereas on the Classic Vibe it is made from bone which is a better material.

Here is a table highlighting the differences between Squier CV and Fender Player guitars which are the same regardless of model e.g. Tele, Strat, Jazzmaster etc.

FeatureSquier Classic VibeFender Player
Body WoodPine/ Nyatoh/ PoplarAlder
PickupsFender DesignedFender Player Series
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Fretboard MaterialMaple/ Indian LaurelMaple/ Pau Ferro
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
Country of ManufactureChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series electric guitars

Contents

As I said earlier, there are also some model specific differences when comparing Squier CV and Fender Player models so now let’s take a look at each shape individually and compare the similarities and differences. Here’s the order we’ll go in so you can scroll to the relevant section:

  • Stratocaster
  • Telecaster
  • Jaguar
  • Jazzmaster
  • Mustang

There are three types of classic vibe models, the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s which all have slight variations. In the comparisons below I’ll group the features together for simplicity, but make sure you check out my Squier Classic Vibe ’50s vs ’60s vs ’70s article for a breakdown of the key features.

Stratocaster Model Comparison

The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster has 21 narrow tall frets, 6-point vintage style hardware and a bone nut, whilst the Fender Player Stratocaster has 22 medium jumbo frets, a 2-point synchronised tremolo and a synthetic nut. Both models are available in HSS and left-hand versions.

Check out my comparison between 2 and 6 point tremolos to learn more.

Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster

Fender Player Stratocaster

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Here is a table highlighting the differences between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Stratocaster models.

FeatureSquier Classic Vibe StratFender Player Strat
Body MaterialPine/ Nyatoh/ PoplarAlder
PickupsFender Designed AlnicoPlayer Series Alnico V
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fretboard MaterialMaple/ Indian LaurelMaple/ Pau Ferro
Fret Number2122
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
Bridge6-Saddle Vintage Synchronized Tremolo2-Point Synchronised Tremolo
Tuning MachinesVintage StyleStandard Cast
Hardware FinishNickelNickel/ Chrome
Control SizeMiniatureFull-Size
OriginChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Color Options2 Tone Sunburst
White Blonde
Black
Fiesta Red
3 Colour Sunburst
Lake Placid Blue
Candy Apple Red
Purple Metallic
Olympic White
Natural
Walnut
Polar White
3 Color Sunburst
Black Tidepool
Buttercream
Capri Orange
Silver
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series Stratocaster models

Here are links to the different models on Guitar Center so you can check the current prices:

Here is a table highlighting the similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Stratocaster models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck MaterialMaple
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Fretboard FinishGloss
Scale Length25.5”
Nut Width1.650”
InlaysBlack/ White Dot
Pickguard3-Ply
String Gauge9
Controls2 x Tone, 1 x Vol
Pickup Selector5-Way
Left-Hand AvailableYes
HSS AvailableYes
Color OptionsPolar White
3 Color Sunburst
Black
Tidepool
Buttercream Capri
Orange Silver
Similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Stratocaster models

Telecaster Model Comparison

The Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster has a gloss C-shape neck, 21 narrow tall frets and a bone nut whilst the Fender Player Telecaster has a satin C-shape neck, 22 medium jumbo frets and a synthetic bone nut. The guitars also have different bridges, body woods and pickup designs.

Check out my article comparing the 3-saddle and 6-saddle Telecaster bridge to learn about the pros and cons of each design.

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster

Fender Player Telecaster

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Here is a table highlighting the differences between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Telecaster models.

FeatureSquier Classic Vibe TeleFender Player Tele
Body MaterialPine/ Nyatoh/ PoplarAlder
PickupsFender Designed AlnicoPlayer Series Alnico V
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Fingerboard MaterialMaple/ Indian LaurelMaple/ Pau Ferro
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fret Number2122
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
Bridge3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Tele
Tuning MachinesVintage StyleStandard Cast
Hardware FinishNickelNickel/ Chrome
OriginChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Color OptionsBlack
Butterscotch Blonde
3 Colour Sunburst
White Blonde
Metallic Purple
3 Tone Sunburst
Olympic White
Black
Butterscotch Blonde
3 Tone Sunburst
Capri Orange
Tidepool
Polar White
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series Telecaster models

Here are links to the different models on Guitar Center so you can check the current prices:

Here is a table highlighting the similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Telecaster models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck MaterialMaple
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Fretboard FinishGloss
Scale Length25.5”
Nut Width1.650”
InlaysBlack/ White Dot
Pickguard3-Ply
String Gauge9
Controls1 x Tone, 1 x Vol
Control DesignKnurled Flat-Top
Pickup Selector3-Way
Left-Hand AvailableYes
Similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Telecaster models

Jaguar Model Comparison

The Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar has a lead/ rhythm circuit and two single coil pickups, whereas the Fender Player Jaguar does not have a lead/ rhythm circuit and has one humbucker and one single coil pickup. The Classic Vibe has a gloss neck with 21 frets whereas the Player has a satin neck with 22 frets.

Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar

Fender Player Jaguar

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Here is a table highlighting the differences between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jaguar models.

FeatureSquier Classic Vibe JaguarFender Player Jaguar
Body MaterialPoplarAlder
Pickup ConfigurationSSHS
PickupsFender Designed AlnicoPlayer Series Alnico V
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Fingerboard MaterialIndian LaurelPau Ferro
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
InlaysWhite Pearloid BlockWhite Block
Bridge3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tremolo3-Saddle Vintage-Style Floating Tremolo
Pickguard4-Ply3-Ply
Hardware FinishNickelNickel/ Chrome
Rhythm/ Lead CircuitYesNo
OriginChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Color OptionsBlack
Surf Green
3-Color Sunburst
Black
3 Tone Sunburst
Capri Orange
Tidepool
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series Jaguar models

Here are links to the different models on Guitar Center so you can check the current prices:

Here is a table highlighting the similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jaguar models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck MaterialMaple
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Fretboard FinishGloss
Scale Length24.0”
Nut Width1.650”
Fret Number22
String Gauge9
Left-Hand AvailableNo
Similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jaguar models

Jazzmaster Models

The Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster has a lead/ rhythm circuit and two single coil pickups, whereas the Fender Player Jazzmaster does not have a lead/ rhythm circuit and has two coil split humbucker pickups. The Classic Vibe has a gloss neck with 21 frets whereas the Player has a satin neck with 22 frets.

Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster

Fender Player Jazzmaster

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Here is a table highlighting the differences between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jazzmaster models.

FeatureSquier Classic Vibe JazzmasterFender Player Jazzmaster
Body MaterialPoplarAlder
Pickup ConfigurationSSHH
PickupsFender Designed AlnicoPlayer Series Alnico II
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Fingerboard MaterialIndian LaurelPau Ferro
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fret Number2122
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
Bridge6-Saddle Vintage Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato6-Saddle Vintage-Style Floating Tremolo
Pickguard4-Ply3-Ply
Hardware FinishNickelNickel/ Chrome
Rhythm/ Lead CircuitYesNo
Push/ Pull Tone PotNoYes
Left-Hand AvailableYesNo
OriginChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Color Options3 Color Sunburst
Olympic White
Sonic Blue
3 Tone Sunburst
Polar White
Capri Orange
Buttercream
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series Jazzmaster models

Here are links to the different models on Guitar Center so you can check the current prices:

Here is a table highlighting the similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jazzmaster models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck MaterialMaple
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Fretboard FinishGloss
Scale Length25.5”
Nut Width1.650”
InlaysWhite Dot
String Gauge9
Similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Jazzmaster models

Mustang Model Comparison

The Squier Classic Vibe Mustang has an poplar body, two single coil pickups and a gloss neck finish, whereas the Fender Player Mustang has an alder body, two P90 pickups and a satin neck. The Mustang Classic Vibe also has a tremolo bridge, whilst the Fender Player has a fixed bridge.

Squier Classic Vibe Mustang

Fender Player Mustang

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Here is a table highlighting the differences between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Mustang models.

FeatureSquier Classic Vibe MustangFender Player Mustang
Body MaterialPoplarAlder
Pickup ConfigurationSSP90/ P90
PickupsFender Designed AlnicoPlayer Series Alnico II
Neck FinishGlossSatin
Neck ShapeC ShapeModern C
Fingerboard MaterialIndian LaurelPau Ferro
Nut MaterialBoneSynthetic Bone
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
BridgeFloating Bridge with Dynamic Vibrato TailpieceFixed
Pickguard4-Ply3-Ply
Hardware FinishNickelNickel/ Chrome
In/ Out Phase SwitchYesNo
OriginChina/ IndonesiaMexico
Color OptionsVintage White
Sonic Blue  
Burgundy Mist Metallic
Aged Natural
Seafoam Green
Squier Classic Vibe vs Fender Player series Mustang models

Here are links to the different models on Guitar Center so you can check the current prices:

Here is a table highlighting the similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Mustang models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck MaterialMaple
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Fretboard FinishGloss
Scale Length24.0”
Nut Width1.650”
Fret Number22
InlaysWhite Dot
String Gauge9
Left-Hand AvailableNo
Similarities between the Squier Classic Vibe and Fender Player Mustang models

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Heather

Hey, I'm Heather. I started playing an electric guitar when I was given a Squier Strat for my birthday around 15 years ago. I now own an acoustic guitar and several electric guitars including my personal favourite, a PRS SE Custom 24.

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