Dating a fender guitar
In 1996, Squier began to manufacture the Vista Series, which saw them introducing their own unique guitar designs independent from the Fender mother company for the first time. MZ: M = Mexico, Z = 2000's, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
Vintage Modified guitar models include Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters and Mustangs. The first number following the serial number prefix is the year.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.The SQ Squier series was introduced in late 1983 to early 1984.The SQ Squier series was based more on 1970s Fender models and also had USA made pickups installed. MN: M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.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.
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.
It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. 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.
Squier Company was a strings manufacturing company for violins, banjos, and guitars.
The bass lineup features Precision and Jazz basses (including fretless versions of both), Jaguars and Telecasters, with five-string and short-scale models featured in the range. The majority of Vintage Modified instruments are available only in right-handed configurations. The first guitars made in Korea are those with serial number written in silver E10 5 digits (note 1 extra digit) possibly as early as 1986 For example, There were also Korean Squier serials with no serial number prefix and 6 or 7 numbers and the first number is the year.