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.
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.
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. These models were Fender models and not Squier models.
Further negotiations between Fender and Japanese guitar factories took place. The stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed and were made for the Japanese market only and not for export.
To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era s new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963. By the mid-1970s, the Squier name was retired as the strings had taken the Fender name.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation entered the picture in the 1950s, when the V. Squier Company began supplying Southern California inventor and businessman Leo Fender with strings for his unusual new electric guitars. 1 Squier Guitars 1982-present edit Before the Fender Squier line of guitars was introduced in 1982, Fender was making lower priced guitars such as the Fender Lead series at its Fullerton, California plant.
5 Serial number tracing edit As follows is an approximate method in which Squier dates the serial numbers of manufactured instruments. Miscellaneous Chinese serials: CD, CT, CJ, NC: C China, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery.