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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Squier CV Strats vs. Fender Standard Strats

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Walton County, Ga

Am I Retired?
Dec 4th, 2013 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just curious as to any consensus opinion in comparing the two. I hear so many great things about the CV series Squires and having no direct knowledge of them yet knowing the Fender Mex Standards really well...So, how do you folks that have direct knowledge of both feel they stack up against each other?



(This message was last edited by willie at 11:31 PM, Dec 4th, 2013)

FDP Data Goon

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Dec 5th, 2013 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't like the necks on any of the CV series I've handled, too thin, importitis.

Weird since the Squier VMs are fine - it seems they learned from the wide-neck specs on the Mascis Jazzmaster.

I'm also very sensitive to thin neck width, especially at the nut - any Tele and me have never bonded for that reason.

Fit and finish on any of them is as good as the cheapies get, might need a little TLC but well, that's pretty standard. Electronics sound quite good, more vintagy than the MIM Standards (although I do love a good hot ceramic pickup).

If you're OK with smaller necks, I wouldn't see any issue with the Squier. I wanted to like the CV Strats but...no dice, the neck was a dealbreaker.

It's too bad as I own a ton of other Squier stuff.

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Walton County, Ga

Am I Retired?
Dec 5th, 2013 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks man...appreciate the rundown.


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Hoarder of instruments
Dec 6th, 2013 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a CV '60's Strat and 2002 MIM Standard.
As the rev notes the necks on CVs run a bit thin.

I was able to make peace with the one on the '60s CV. It has the right contours even if it is a bit small. And it feels more refined than the MIM. The '50s CV Strat felt too small compared to the RIs and oldies I've played in the past.

The weight of my CV is good, however; lighter and more resonant than the MIM.

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Walton County, Ga

Am I Retired?
Dec 6th, 2013 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmm...I like resonant sounding. Interesting, thanks. ;)


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We're last exit on

I-10 west before PCH
Dec 6th, 2013 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 60's VM strat (black with maple fingerboard) looks, sounds, and plays great.



'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Feb 16th, 2014 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I liked the sound and finish of the CV Tele, but the neck also was too thin for me. Solution: I use it exclusively for slide. Sounds great and neck thickness is now all but irrelevant for me.

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Feb 17th, 2014 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I sold my Fender Standard and kept my '60s CV Strat. It was lighter, more comfortable to play and just felt better. I had a special seven-way pickup setup on the MIM so that was switched to the CV. The CV's alnicos sounded great on the MIM, though.

The neck on the CV is a little small but the older Fender Standards were not girthy either.

FDP Data Goon

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Feb 17th, 2014 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Small neck I can play, importitis ones I can't.

Glad Squier seems to have fixed that in more recent models.

But yea, if a particular guitar works better for you, no reason to not keep it and play it over other ones.

I should play my Classic Player Jaguar more. It's a great guitar, it really is, in every way. But it doesn't have the absolute magic of a couple of my cheapies that makes me pick it up out of preference to anything else I've owned or played. Some days it calls to me though, so I keep it around.



Mar 4th, 2014 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own a Jimmie Vaughan, which I think colors what I expect out of the feel of a strat, but every time I've played a CV I can't help but feel they seem toyish. The neck is very thin for my tastes, and even the thickness of the body seems thinner to me. Someone can confirm if that's true or not, but that's how the dimensions feel to me. I much prefer the feel on the Mex standards, and on the ones I've played I liked the frets better too. The old adage "go out and play em both" applies, especially if you can do that back to back. I always felt the CVs felt small, but it was confirmed beyond doubt when I finally did a back to back comparison. I played one 60s CV against 4 different mex standards, one with a maple fretboard and 3 rosewood ones, and liked all the Mex Standards better.

(This message was last edited by AgBad at 03:46 PM, Mar 4th, 2014)

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Sep 27th, 2016 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know this is an old post.
I prefer the CV over the MiM Standard however I prefer the MIM's other than the standard to the CV. The MIM standard has ceramic pups whereas the CV has vintage style alnico 3 and 5 pups made by tonerider. I find these pups awesome.
I bought a standard from MF earlier this year and was very dissapointed and returned it. I own two classic vibes and they are keepers.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 11:18 AM, Sep 27th, 2016)



Oct 2nd, 2016 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Classic Vibe Strats or Teles are excellent. They are IMO better sounding guitars out of the box than MIM standards and sounding very close to older MIA standards.
They usually have good fret work....4 of mine does, And a lot of them sound very resonant unplugged which I've always liked because it translates that tone to the amp somewhat when plugged in.

I personally like the necks. They feel very comfy to me.

MIM tone pots and switches are of higher quality than CV but I have had no issues yet with the stock ones. I you are a touring musician playing constantly it may be different.

But again I think they are great and if they didn't have the Squier name on them they would be more highly regarded. But having the Squier logo on them is a plus because if they didn't they would carry a much higher price tag.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 12:49 PM, Oct 4th, 2016)



john davis
Apr 9th, 2017 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

love my classic vibe 50's stratocaster, it is white with gold anodised pickgaurd, suberb instrument in all details



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Apr 10th, 2017 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Squier cv 60s tele. Was a beautiful looking and sounding guitar. Could not get along with the neck...felt small as others have said. Was a fantastic guitar otherwise. Eye candy.

reverendrob...do all teles have a narrow nut?

I played a a Fender Cabronita tele that felt fine for the 10 minutes I played it. Having said that my cv squier tele felt fine when I test drove it.

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our time in hell
Apr 11th, 2017 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've never played one that didn't make my forearm cramp up like I decided to go rock climbing after 25 years of not doing it!

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Oceanside, CA

Apr 11th, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned several standard strats. I got a Squier 60s CV strat in a trade. Right off I really liked how this guitar played. Next I swapped out the pickguard with one set up with VNs. Really nice sounding and playing guitar. The end of last year I bought a new 50s CV Strat. Great guitar. I installed a set of VN pickups. For me the Squier CV Strats are easier to play than the MIM strats. With a good set of pickups they really play and sound nice. Much better than the MIM strats, for me.

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