Over time, the Squier series slowly evolved to include original model designs and production has moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia. The large Fender logo of the export Squier series was soon changed to a large Squier logo. Mexico edit MN: M Mexico, N Nineties 1990s, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
Instrument models edit Jazzmaster Telecaster guitars Jaguar bass. The first Fender Japan guitars are known as the JV Fenders and JV Squiers, with JV standing for Japanese Vintage to reflect the guitars were made from the original blueprints of the vintage US guitars, were made by the Fuji Gen Gakki factory in Japan, using technical support from Fender. MZ: M Mexico, Z 2000 s, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.
The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labour and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
In 2009-2010, some Indonesian Squiers had the prefix ICS09XXXXX and ICS10XXXXX. 1 dead link Blue Book Of Electric Guitars 9th Edition Zachary Fjestad, Edited by S. Fjestad ISBN 1-886768-57-9 External links edit Wikimedia Commons has media related to Squier.
India edit Some Squier IIs were made in India around 1989-1990. Made in India Squier IIs seem to follow the made in USA serial numbering scheme. Squier Guitars Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/title Squier oldid 695720260 Categories: Guitar manufacturing companies Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan.
Kanda Shokai owned the Greco brand name and one of the conditions of the Fender Japan agreement was that Kanda Shokai cease production of its own Greco Fender copies. Acoustic guitars edit Squier MA-1 Electric guitars edit Original edit Squier 51 Squier Jagmaster Squier Venus 1997-1998 Squier Super-Sonic 1997-1998 Squier Stagemaster Fender Copies edit Squier Duo-Sonic Squier Stratocaster Squier Telecaster Squier Jazzmaster Squier Jaguar Squier Mustang Electric bass edit Squier Precision Bass Squier Jazz Bass Squier Jaguar Bass Squier Mustang Bass Squier Deluxe Active Jazz Bass Squier Telecaster Bass Squier Dimension Bass Squier Bronco Bass Squier Bass VI Amplifiers edit Squier 15 Instrument series edit Squier JV SQ series edit The first Fender Japan models introduced in May 1982 were the 19 series, which were Fender Stratocaster models ST 57-115, ST 57-85, ST 57-65, ST 62-115, ST 62-85, ST 62-65 and the Precision Bass models PB 57-95, PB 57-70, PB 62-98, PB 62-75.
Early USA made Squiers had a 00XXXX serial stamp on the neckplate with no letter prefix and no serial number on the headstock. Some Squiers that are sold only in the Chinese and Asian markets are made by Axl in China.
The rarest early ones had a 4 digit decal on the headstock and vintage style tuners Spec Sheet Model Name: Squier US Standard Stratocaster. Fingerboard: Rosewood 014-1000 or Maple 014-1002, 9.5 Radius 241mm. These guitars usually have the serial number starting with CXS; with the X standing for Axl.
Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on its main Stratocaster and Telecaster models and had always used different model designs for its lower priced guitars.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead. 3 Fender soon added a less expensive export Squier series based on the Fender Japan 19 series in July/August 1982, which had a large Fender logo with a smaller Squier logo and had a zinc rather than a steel tremolo block and again the stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed.