Because the design of the Fender Squier Stratocaster is so popular, it has also become one of the most copied guitar looks over the past half a century.
In my travels around the world I have seen strat look-a-likes in China, the Philippines and in Africa.
This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 20.
Note: A new Japanese vendor was enlisted in 2010 to help meet demand for the Geddy Lee and Marcus Miller Jazz Bass models.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal.
With those goals and others in mind, Squier will continue to offer products with features and prices that deliver truly excellent value, from beginners to hobbyists to working musicians alike.
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.
Back in 1965 Fender bought a US-based string maker named Squier.
Fender had produced entry-level electric guitars before but had never modeled them after their popular line of Stratocasters and Telecasters.
All of that changed in 1982 when Fender introduced the Fender Squier series of guitars.
He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll Squier. Squier violin strings, banjo strings and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price. Squier Company in early 1965, shortly before Fender itself was acquired by CBS in May of the same year.
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.