Dating a squier bass
Jerome Bonaparte Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. 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.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.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. No category for Chinese guitars, and I can't find my serial # (&/or letter code) anywhere. It's a really solid guitar, feels/sounds like an old '60's Fender, & I really want to know when it was made &, if possible, at what city/plant. thats just your category in the forum (you are considered a hobbyist because you started in the forum i'm considered professional because of the number of posts i have done in this forum)welcome to the forum by the way Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. c-shaped neck, not too hefty, sustains really well especially for having single-coil pu's. peace I would hazard a guess based on past experience that it is probably a 2003.In 1982, the Squier brand was reactivated by Fender to become its brand for lower priced versions of Fender guitars. S.-trained violin makers and is often referred to as "the American Stradivarius." Victor returned to Battle Creek, where he opened his own shop in 1890. With a limited market for violins in Battle Creek, however, Squier astutely sought relationships with national music schools and famous violinists.Squier guitars have been manufactured in Japan, Korea, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China, and the United States. As his business grew, Squier moved the company to 429 Lake Ave. Up to 1900, the best violin strings were made in Europe.There were also Korean Squier serials with no serial number prefix and 6 or 7 numbers, and the first number is the year. I'll post the link on the 80's strat question cause I have to log off and go back and copy paste.The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers seem to be from the late 1980s/early 1990s and not before 1987/1988 and don't seem to have a reliable serial number dating system.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
(pickup screws and switch screws don't count)don't worry about the hobbyist thing... Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. 'preciate it.'s ok, i imagine they're rare enough that i have something different... like i said, reminds me of an original from the '60's.
and does the pickguard have 11 screw holes around it?
Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead.
The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.