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Went in to L&M this morning to pick up an MXR 108 10 band EQ. Left with a Squier CVC Tele burst, a hard case, and the pedal. It was sort of spur of the moment but not really. I've been looking for a used Squier and none are listed locally except for a Lefty. One of my main things when considering this was the fretboard being rosewood and the 60's neck profile. So after about a half a year of checking out all other options, I just picked this one up off the shelf (they didn't have em in the store a bit ago), and sat down without plugging it in to play it. Could tell right away but the sound and resonance that it was a no brainer for the price ($600). So I said screw it, I'm done with searching and I bought it outright, with a hard shell case by Yorkville and the MXR EQ.

Plays and sound fantastic both clean dirty through 2 different amps...Fender BJ and Blackstar. Besides what I've read online and tried, I know a keeper when I play it. Still needs a setup which will be free, but just a few minor adjustments (the high E string is a little weaker/slightly lower volume with the pickups). But other than that, fit and finish are outstanding to my full surprise, even though I had read the same ad nauseum elsewhere, and here for that matter. It's a beauty IMO. Here are some pics:



Absolutely flawless on the guitar finish and beautiful double binding.



Alder body BTW


Flawless deep colored Rosewood fingerboard and Maple neck. I may remove some of the Poly on the neck at some point....very lightly of course



Tuners seem pretty decent. The neck feels fantastic in my hands. I'm also assuming that there may be a couple of minor upgrades involved at a later date re: 3 way switch, pots etc...but that's a while away right now. I'm gonna give it a good beating first. Heh.
 
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I'm not much a Tele fan (even though I own two), but, something about a bound body ...
 

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Well, enjoy!
 

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Been playing the week old Squier Tele CVC. Been exploring a bunch of tonal possibilities with the Amps I have, along with a few effects thrown in (OD, Delay, EQ). Haha. Getting some pretty huge sounds from a few setting here and there. This thing is really growing on me big time. Really nice guitar. Seems solid, except for the puny feeling 9's they have on it for strings. That'll be my first upgrade. I'll do that when I bring it in for a free setup. Having said that, I've been checking a couple of pickup options and combos. Right now in no special order are these on tap: Hot Rails (SD), Lil '59(SD), Quarter pounder(SD), and the Zephyr (SD)....hmmmmm...I sense a pattern here. Checked out Fralins and a DiMarzio, but I'm not sure what to expect. I'm a pretty big Duncan fan. They have a ton more I have to check out. I'm starting to catch the way it's making me play as opposed to my #1 that's been played for over 30 years. If a guitar can give you ideas, it means it's speaking to you. This one is loud and clear. I like this one. The hype is real.
 

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I love my CVC and would never sell it. The stock pickups are perfect if you ask me. They are very low output so you can crank your amp louder. I've had mine for seven years and the electronics still work perfectly. I paid 300$ for it back then :)

Last year I bought a US tele just to get the "real thing". I still prefer the CVC over it and I'm thinking of selling it.

Happy NGD :)
 

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I love my CVC and would never sell it. The stock pickups are perfect if you ask me. They are very low output so you can crank your amp louder. I've had mine for seven years and the electronics still work perfectly. I paid 300$ for it back then :)

Last year I bought a US tele just to get the "real thing". I still prefer the. CVC over it and I'm thinking of selling it.

Happy NGD :)
I tried a number of MIA Tele's leading up to this purchase and it wasn't even close in my case. I get the resale value thing and all that other stuff re: MIA, but I've recently been seriously contemplating bang for the buck. The frets on this thing are 10x better prepared than a number of much more expensive models I've tried are. Some of the finer details in this guitar should not be over looked. It's too bad the Squier brand took such a hit for all of the inferior product they have put out over the years......it certainly isn't the case for this series of guitars. Also, don't get me wrong about the PUPS...they're starting to grow on me as well. I'm just weighing options at this point is all.
 

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I have one of the CV strats and I love it. The pickups were good but i replaced them with Fishman Fluences, really only because I had a set of them for a strat and no strat to put them in. Out of my handful of guitars it is generally my go to when I pick up something to play.
 

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Bump.

So I left the CVC hanging for a couple of weeks as I was busy with Growler the LP. Hadn't touched it and the damn thing was still in tune except for the low E. A bit sharp because of the humidity changes lately. Thought I'd update with what I did with it. New CTS Pots, 3 way switch, Orange drop caps, and a Push/pull for the Duncan lil '59 in the bridge. Still has the original neck PUP which I like, but my Duncan Custom Firebird is going to go in the neck. Has upgraded Brass saddles on the it as well. It's just such a nice guitar. Still the original Ashtray and sounds great in single coil mode. Only issue is the Fender PUP is out of phase with the Duncan, which is a cool enough sound in certain circumstances, but it'll be changed with the other pickup configuration. I have a 4 way switch for it but I'm leaving that alone for a bit.

 

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Nice! I've lost patience with the used market before as well, and just bought brand new. It's worth it if you know what you want. Keep having fun with it.
 

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Nice! I've lost patience with the used market before as well, and just bought brand new. It's worth it if you know what you want. Keep having fun with it.
Oh yeah. I have a lot of fun with it. Gives me a totally different feel and approach to song writing and playing vs the LP.
 
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