I had already started to strip this guitar before I got the idea to write this page. "Affinity" at the nose still present. Fender Electric Instruments entered the picture in the 1950s, when the V. C. Squier Company began supplying Southern California inventor and businessman Leo Fender with strings for his unusual new electric guitars.

From what I can tell if the serial number starts with a “9” that would’ve been made in the 90’s. There is obviously a difference in the electrics. Age: 34 12. Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan. No inspection sticker, but the words "Designed and Backed by Fender" which neither of the others have. In the end id say its worth passing on... Its low end of the 90's MIK lineup. I believe that to be incorrect, as two out my guitars have "60" and "30" in those places. The Strat has fender saddles on it, really smooth tuners and is noticeably heavier that a later CN (Cort) 95 strat I got for my nephew. If you find a page in error, please let us know. The second Mini Strat in my collection was made in the same Samick plant. Every effort is made to ensure information in this wiki is correct, however there will no doubt be discrepancies on some pages. Where to find the serial number The serial numbers have been placed on or in the guitar in different places over the years. He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll Squier. The first immediate difference is in the wood used for the neck. TRY THE INTERACTIVE GEAR GUIDE FOR NEW PLAYERS; Featured. Why would a company use a different serial number because it is sold in a bundle?

For many years I believed the first two numbers in the string of eight/nine was the year the neck was made. Not a lot of difference.

I will examine this guitar closer on a separate page in the near future.

Fender's production methods from the early 1950s resulted in the serial numbers sometimes not being consecutive. As I recall they are 10 or 11 characters, all numerals. Nice guitar. 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. Welcome to the Squier wiki. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > surfrodguitar Squier-holic. Both say "Crafted in Indonesia" but with different fonts. Fender acquired the V. C. Squier Company in early 1965, shortly before Fender itself was acquired by CBS in May of the same year. 3,367.

In a couple of instances I have noticed guitars with an orange sticker with a number, that does not conform to the standard number structure. Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge. The Squier Mini is manufactured in at least two different plants, both in Indonesia.

The back of the peghead.

Victor Squier started making his own hand-wound violin strings, and the business grew so quickly that he and his employees improvised a dramatic production increase by converting a treadle sewing machine into a string winder capable of producing 1,000 uniformly high-quality strings per day. The V. C. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963.

The VN5 black logo model is odd because it has the serial number on the neckplate instead of front of headstock. One difference is the inspector is filled in with a name and a date (9/02).

This guitar is a real oddball. Wiki History. This picture was taken after I installed the new tuners. This guitar also has the original tuners. Looking at the back of the peghead it looks right. With a limited market for violins in Battle Creek, however, Squier astutely sought relationships with national music schools and famous violinists.

My theory is that there is a second Samick location that produces these guitars, and to distinguish there is a different source, the letters were switched around. There is no other difference.

I did own a 2003 American strat and in terms of the weight and how the neck played i don’t think you could tell the difference. Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by beanzforbrainz, Jun 8, 2020. The exact same sticker appear on guitars with serial numbers starting with "SI", so the two are probably under the same management. Welcome to the forum, Samick made some great Squiers. In 1982, the Squier name was reactivated by Fender as its brand for lower priced versions of Fender guitars.

Many also have penciled neck dates (6-14-82) you can only see when the neck is removed from the body of the guitar. Aug 4, 2016 Laguna Niguel. Not entirely unexpected, they were in pretty poor condition and had to go. 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. In the early 1980s, Japanese labor 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. This arrangement benefited Fender because it removed the Greco Fender copies from the Japanese market, which were selling in Japan at much lower prices than the American made Fenders and it also benefited Kanda Shokai because Kanda Shokai could then distribute Japanese made Fender branded guitars in Japan. In 1965, the company was acquired by Fender. Repetition and overlapping of serial numbers and years also occur regularly. Red I have seen all three, but "SI" seems to be dominant.

Upon close inspection of internal components I noticed several small but significant differences with the other guitars. Fender and Squier serial numbers, for guitar made overseas, has in the last 20 years or longer consisted of two letters followed by eight (sometimes nine) numerals. Fender began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors and reached an agreement with Yamano Gakki and Kanda Shokai to establish Fender Japan.

Fender Squier made in Korea serial number Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by beanzforbrainz, Jun 8, 2020.

I have 2 S9 Korean Squiers and I have been very impressed with both. Note the "affinity" silkscreen on the nose. Indeed, Squier was ranked among the best-known U.S.-trained violin makers and is often referred to as "the American Stradivarius.". By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name. Good looking guitars you have there.

How would I find out what year mine is? Made in the Samick guitar plant in Korea. Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by surfrodguitar, Aug 18, 2017. Squier Electric Basses; Squier Packs; Featured. This guitar has the original tuning machines as well. I believe. This is a relatively common practice when non-conforming guitars are sold in bulk to a dealer/middle-man who refurbish them and sell them to the open market. The source of the Minis with serial numbers starting with "SI" have been difficult to research. 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. To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U.S. instrument craftsmanship. S for Samick. The strat has a really fantastic neck on it. The fonts are an exact match in size and type with the IS00300077 above and has the same quality control sticker.