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JerseyJettFan

USA

JerseyJettFan
Mar 2nd, 2011 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just scored a 1994 MIM Fender "Squier Series" Strat in like new condition off CL locally for less then $100. It was bought new as a gift for the original owner who promptly stored it under the bed.

Despite my initial reluctance to purchase a MIM (I favor the Korean-era Squier II's) I've found this particular example is well crafted with superb tone.

Stratokatsu

Miami, Florida

Apr 25th, 2011 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Fender, "Squier Series" P Bass, made in Mexico. I haven't made any kind of deep investigation into its origin, but I was told the Squier Series from Mexico was the earliest ancestor of the MIM series. It's a good guitar and being an infrequent bass player, it's all I'll ever need.

Ten Bob

ENGLAND

Ham-fisted minimalist
Apr 27th, 2011 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

find a squier with a really good neck and its worth the price of the guitar alone. the korean s9 strats; wonderful necks (have to be bona fide fender necks with a squier logo, theyre at least as good as anything japanese and as good as any american neck i've played). blocky plywood bodies, not great pups, fender stamped bridge saddles with a big trem block, some have fender stamped tuners, some have unbranded but good quality tuners. the body is no big issue tone wise so all you need is a pup upgrade and you have a great guitar that has a neck as comfy as old slippers. S9 serial numbers ; some folks dont know what theyre selling so you get crazy bargains - do your homework though, as squiers vary so much and have at times been mix and match parts (fender spares etc?).

Stratmanx
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Jun 22nd, 2011 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a 95-96, s/n/ MN566694.

It was given to me by an old friend years ago, and I really haven't touched it much. I finally pulled it down from the rack last night and "Snuggled" with it while watching TV.

Its awfully lively acoustically, and has a nice little echo from the trem springs.

the neck is superb, and the body feels great and musch like my 3 MIM standard strats, so I'm thinking the buzz about the necks and bodies being idetical to the standard series may in fact be correct.

I don't care for the pot metal bridge with the big clunky saddles though, and I'm thinking the tuners may need to go as well.

What are folks putting in for bridges on these ? I'm not totally convinced I want to spend high dollar for a Callaham for this, but there's gotta be something out there thats quality and a lesser cost.

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 06:27 PM, Jul 19th, 2011)

reverendrob
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Chaos is my name,

and affliction
Jun 22nd, 2011 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My '98 Strat's bridge is still stock.

It holds tune and does stupid bar tricks as well as any Strat I've played, haven't ever felt compelled to change it.

GP
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SW Burbs of Chitown

ILL, where our Gov's make our plates
Jun 22nd, 2011 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"the neck is superb, and the body feels great and musch like my 3 MIM standard strats, so I'm thinking the buzz about the necks and bodies being idetical to the standard series may in fact be correct."

Take the pickguard of the Squire and one off your MIM and they are identical down to the mojo hole. A MIM bridge will drop in. Just remember it is a 52mm E to E bridge. I would change the tuners before the bridge. The bridge works for me. I've seen worse. I had a 1980 strat copy that the block was stamped steel.



Stratmanx
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Memphis, TN

Jun 23rd, 2011 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whats the "Mojo Hole" ?

It sure sounds dirty..

G

GP
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SW Burbs of Chitown

ILL, where our Gov's make our plates
Jun 23rd, 2011 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are three holes used by the CNC machine. Years ago on here they were suggested as holes to put your mojo in.

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Kotola

Choctaw-Cajun

Jul 1st, 2011 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Stratmanx. Check out Guitar fetish for a good cheep bridge and steel or brass block.

jeangatstrat
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USA/ N.Calif./S.Cruz

Aug 31st, 2011 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is a '96, Torino Red, Rosewood Neck. Fender logo in Black, (previous owner, scratched off Squier Series). Originally MIM: Neck, Body, and Pickups, with Squier hardware. I replaced: tuners, bridge, block, pickups, electrical, and pickguard, added tone pot mod(for bridge pu.)It plays good, sounds good, and looks good. Great player, considering I got it used, for cheap. Based on info from this forum, found out: the bodies and necks, were 1st shaped in USA, then shipped south to Ensenada. Not much of resale value, but definitely a keeper.

3 chord

MT/USA

I don't have anything clever to say
Sep 3rd, 2011 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe the hype on the MIM Squiers. I have a 98 MIM Squier Tele and it is a great guitar. Changed a few parts though.

Kadabra

UK

Sep 16th, 2011 04:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Strat MIM Squier series seems to evoke much criticism but the bottom line is that you get what you pay for.

Analysing my MIM Stratocaster Squier series against my MIM standard, both from 95:

The body and neck are identical to my MIM standard.

The body wood is poplar and not ply or a pancake and is identical to my MIM standard.

The neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard and is identical to my MIM standard. Top coat to the maple appears to be to a lesser quality than my MIM standard. Having said that it will wear and age at a quicker rate.

The body pup rout is per my MIM standard and has 3 individual cuts for the pups per my MIM standard.

The paint work is superb and quality is per my MIM standard.

The pg is 11 hole single ply and not 3 ply per my MIM standard.

The tuners are lower grade and unbranded. Fully functional though.

The pups are the stock USA designed pups [part number on base and staggered pole]which my MIM standards has. Fender USA introduced these pups as flat poles in 1978 and used them in their standards at this point in time also. I think [?] 95 was the year staggered poles were introduced to the pups.

The capacitor is identical to my standard MIM.

The poly wire is identical to my MIM standard.

The 5 way switch is of far eastern origin.

The pots are full sized but not CTS.

The trem has a flimsy block [identical to the MIJ Squiers so probably far eastern sourced].

The saddles are identical to my MIM standard.

The control knobs are standard 4 spoke per my MIM standard.

So in respect of the guitar examined the upgrades to MIM standard spec would be - tuners, switch,3 ply pickguard and a more substantial trem block [standard mod for MIM and USA standards is a genuine steel block].

In terms of playability and sonic qualities the particular guitar is equal to my MIM and USA standards. So a thumbs up from this end.

GP
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SW Burbs of Chitown

ILL, where our Gov's make our plates
Sep 16th, 2011 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting. My 98 is different in hardware. Pickups are ceramic bar dewound to barely over 5k. Pots are miniture 500k. Bidge saddles are diecast and the pick guard is 3 ply

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reverendrob
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Chaos is my name,

and affliction
Sep 16th, 2011 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They look to have revamped the line several times after the Ensenada fire; the 98 to end of run with the gold logos have generally decent components even if it's not up to the standards of the US stuff on pickups and the like.

Pickups though are wildly inconsistent; my '98 Strat is about as hot as it can get without overdriving the input.

Sounds like you got the Friday spooled pickups, and I got the psychotic after coffee break ones.

Kadabra

UK

Sep 18th, 2011 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GP. You'll find that the saddle blocks in your pic were also used on the MIM standards. You see both the vintage and the cast blocks being used circa 95/96 on the MIM standards. Guess thay just used what was readily available.

wyfish

jackson, wy

Nov 3rd, 2011 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in the midst of refinishing a MIM "squier series" strat body in Nitro. It's a 4 piece body that has NO mojo hole/s. Anybody else have one like this? It's dated '94 and I was just wondering if anyone had any info on when the cnc holes started appearing.

Lemmyplayloud

canada

Jan 30th, 2012 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I am thinking of buying a '93 MIM fender Squire Strat. The question is, do I buy this guitar for about $125.00 and drop about $325.00 in pickguard, American standard series pick ups, nut, and fender locking tuners upgrades for a total investment of about $450.00 or so or do I buy a recent MIM strat and case for about $450.00?

I have read in this forum that essentially a MIM Fender Squire series strat of that vintage is made from American body and neck manufactured in California with lesser quality electronics all put together in Mexico. My real question is is it too much effort to do all of this if I can get a rather new MIM Strat with a hardshell case case for about $450.00. Does anyone have any thoughts on this subject? Let me know your opinions please. Obviously it will come down to feel and tone but in terms of quality of parts and what that will translate into a better instrument I am seeking out some feedback.



reverendrob
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Up the street...

from the Fred Meyer
Jan 30th, 2012 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't changed a thing on my '98 Strat (bought new).

Tuners aren't the highest quality but they hold tune even with bar usage.

Lemmyplayloud

canada

Jan 31st, 2012 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

@ Reverendrob: Is that a MIM fender standard or a MIM squire series you are have that you haven't changed much on?

reverendrob
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Up the street...

from the Fred Meyer
Jan 31st, 2012 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gold label MIM Squier.

I have a '94 MIM Black Label Fender "Squier Series" Jazz bass with the el cheapo one piece pickguard I keep saying I'll replace but it's been ten+ years too.

Totally stock.

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