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Jun 22nd, 2007 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

USA Squiers were made for less than a year before production of Squiers went back to Mexico and then from there back to Korea (and ultimately today from Korea, Indonesia, China and
This was a period when MIJ Squiers had stopped and then they moved Squiers to Mexico but there was a fire in the Mexican factory which disrupted things for a few months in which Fender USA made the Squiers. The Squiers were made for a year in Mexico and then Squier production went back to Korea from where they came from.

Basically here's the production route of Squiers

1980's starts with Japan --> Korea/(India for a short time) --> Mexico --> USA --> Mexico --> Korea -->Indonesia/China/Korea --> Indonesia/China/Korea/India.

(This message was last edited by leadowner at 08:15 AM, Jun 22nd, 2007)



Jun 22nd, 2007 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

From what I've seen the Mexican Squiers were made from Poplar so the USA ones are probably made from Poplar as well.
The plywood Squiers are from Korea and other Asian makers but not from Japan.
The Japanese Squiers were Alder and Sen Ash at the start then mostly Basswood.
Then there are some Squiers made from Agathis made in some of the Asian countries.
Some of the Squiers from China are Alder.
Red Cedar is used for the Indian Squiers around now.

(This message was last edited by leadowner at 07:26 AM, Jun 23rd, 2007)


Texas, USA

New Strat (& Tele) fan
Jun 22nd, 2007 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by texasb5 at 11:16 PM, Jun 22nd, 2007)



Jun 22nd, 2007 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ok scanners dropped its lunch, but I have the mags in front of me, seems I have to learn to read;

Fall 1992

Fender Squier Series

Body; Classic Strat shape, 12" rad neck
033-7102 (maple neck)
033-7100 (rosewood neck)
033-7120 (left hand)

Squier Stratocaster

Body; Classic Strat shape, 12" rad neck
033-6002 (contemporary Strat, HB in bridge)
033-6102 (standard strat)

*Fall 1993 is the same as 1992

*Fall 1994

Fender Squier Series

Body; Poplar, 9.5" rad neck
013-3602 (maple neck)
013-3600 (rosewood neck)
013-3620 (left hand)


Body; Classic Strat shape, 10" rad neck
033-0600 (rosewood neck)
033-0602 (maple neck)

As an aside, I noted too that the current Affinity BSB Tele has only Alder listed for wood type on the Squier web site. Would that be true? Or are they just using a near enough kinda attitude? The original pickguard on mine had agathis/alder body printed on the Squier sticker. I figured the pickguards were just grabbed from anywhere.



Jul 2nd, 2007 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

When was a serial number that starts with CAE 004 made?



Jul 16th, 2007 04:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

The CA of CAE stands for China Axl and 004 probably means 2004.





Jul 19th, 2007 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you! That's kind of what I thought, but felt it best to defer to the experts. Thanks again for your help!




three cheers for Leo !
Jul 30th, 2007 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I Have a MIJ Silver Series Tele bought around 1996, stripped and being refinished, trying to identify the timber.

Serial: NO15445

The body is 3 piece (one only 2" thick), very slight pink tint and subtle grain over 90%, but a few sparse very dark grain streaks.

Was an insipid white, soon to be Lake Placid Blue!


(This message was last edited by toots436 at 03:39 AM, Jul 30th, 2007)



Jul 30th, 2007 05:12 AM   Edit   Profile  


3 chord


I don't have anything clever to say
Jul 30th, 2007 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think it is important to note that the first MIK Squiers appear to be very close to the late MIJ Squire specs. These typically have an E serial # follwed by 6 or seven digits.

These MIK guitars are not plywood and appear to be made with left over MIJ parts except for perhaps the neck.

Squier II's from Korea I think came after the brief period of the E serial # guitars that I am referring to.

Just my obsevations, I am not sure though.



"Scalloped & Stickered"
Jul 31st, 2007 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanx for confirming my suspicions!!!



Aug 3rd, 2007 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is the info I recieved from Fender on my MIK Squier II, atleast it say's "hardwood" body and not plywood LOL!

SN# S939173
Model Name: Squier II Standard Stratocaster
Model Number: 029-2000-(Color #)
Body: Hardwood
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood 12" Radius (304.8mm)
No. of Frets: 21
Scale Length: 25.5 (648 mm)
Width at Nut: 1.625 (41 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Vintage Style
Bridge: Vintage Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply White
Pickups: 3 Single Coils
Pickup Switching: 5 position Switch
Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone
Colors: (506) Black, (555) , (558)
Source: KOREA
MSRP: $229.99


My MIK Squier II



Jun 13th, 2008 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a Chinese Squier Strat of 1996. The serial number begins with YN6 so according to the post above comes from begins with Yako.
I really love this guitar (was my first electric one), especially the neck that I found very comfortable and quick.

Can someone please tell me the right specs of neck, radius and frets of that model?

Now I'm thinking about buying a "real" USA Stratocaster and I want to address my search towards a sam or very very similar neck shape Strat.
Thanks in advance



Jun 13th, 2008 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've received my squier bullet strat(2007 sunburst model with 11 pickguard screws) it says crafted in china and has a COB serial number. I went to another guitar shop yesterday and I had the chance to check both versions of the Bullet strat (11 pickguard screws vs 8 pickguard screws) and the 11 screw version also had the same type COB serial number whereas the 8 screw version had the classic CY serial number.

Does anyone know how to decode COB?



Jun 16th, 2008 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Downside of the Squier II is that the hardware wasn't as good as the Squier S9 iirc. The S9 ply bodies sound amazing too.

What year was your Squier II, Texasmr2?

My S9 is a 1990 Squier Stratocaster S975189. Bought December 1990. I contacted Fender and was told they had no info prior to 1994. Where/when did you get your info?

mad mike


Jun 16th, 2008 10:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

since we're on the subject, i may have access to a squier stratocaster with the serial #E917***

its not for sale yet, but i think it will be shortly...

can you give me an approximate fair amount to offer for it?

the fellow is getting the itch for another toy...

its in good shape, by the way... all original...

edit here - i forgot to say that it has made in korea on it.

(This message was last edited by mad mike at 07:11 AM, Jun 17th, 2008)

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Oct 17th, 2008 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

just wanted to bump a very informative thread



One, two, three, faw!
Mar 10th, 2010 02:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quoting WireDog:

> The CIC SE-100 line sometimes surfaces around
> here. The examples we've discussed here
> started with CAE.
> They are sold as a Strat-pac with a little
> Squier 10W amp. They are black with a three
> ply WBW Pickguard, 21 frets, small headstock,
> 6 point trem, and non-staggered ceramic pups.
> Many, including mine, have really nice frets
> and necks.
> I've A/Bd mine with an Affinitie, and they
> are very different. The CAE's rosewood slab
> is thinner; the saddles are different, the
> frets were carefully rounded at the ends, to
> name a few.
> There is an EXCEPTION that I saw last year in
> a shop in Regensburg, Germany. It was a CAE
> prefix, Three Tone Sunburst, 22 frets, and 2
> Point trem. The frets weren't real nice.

Although this is an old thread, I think it's got a lot of useful information.

I bought a CAE guitar made in China, back in late 2005. The serial number begins with CAE-005, so I suppose it was made that same year. I mention it because my guitar wasn't black, but sunburst (I'd say two-tone, but I'm not very sure about that). It's got 22 frets, and it didn't come in a pack.

Tony Salieri

Buyyou Sitee Teksus

Vikings 34, cowgirls 3.
Mar 12th, 2010 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

What about a Squier with no serial number & no country of origin? Would I need to pull the neck? The pawn shop owner might not be too thrilled.


London, UK

Mar 19th, 2010 03:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on what you have in your hands. SQ series teles and strats didn't have either'made in japan' or the serial on the headstock. Strats had the serial and 'Fender Japan' on the neck plate, teles had just the serial number there, though both had machine heads stamped 'Fender Japan'. If there's no sign of a serial on the neck plate it's possible it has been replaced.

Have you checked the heel of the guitar? ProTones had the country of origin and serial there, as do some of the newer Squiers. It's possible that they were deliberately removed so look for any signs that they might have been there. It's not unknown for people to unload dubious gear on pawn shops!

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