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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Fender Squier Strat date/country of origin!



Apr 17th, 2018 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just got a Fender Squier Strat very cheap! It does not have any serial number anywhere on it (looked on the front/back of neck, under pickguard, and under the neck joint). I have some closeups of the neck removed from the body. I also have some photos of the body and inside the pickguard!

The only markings on it are found on the back of the neck as seen in the photos. My question is, where is this guitar made? What year is it? Thank you very much!







(This message was last edited by niceties55 at 10:52 PM, Apr 17th, 2018)

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Apr 17th, 2018 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

The best ID is the headstock and the decal (no truss rod plug, two stamped trees, cast tuners, and the all-black Squier (Fender) STRAT decal.

This guitar was the one sold as part of the Squier Strat Pack, known as an SE (special edition) model, very similar to the Affinity Strat of the same period. The Strat Pack was a complete kit with guitar, strap, instrument cable, and a small amplifier, intended as a first guitar for new players. They used to also include a gig bag with the kit.

The serial numbers were on a clear plastic adhesive label on the rear of the headstock; they usually peel off over time.

The SEs were made in China, probably in 2000-2003 or thereabouts. Nailing down the specific year will be tough with no serial number, unless the pots or switch have a date code on them.

They still sell the Strat Pack (link below), but there are minor changes, such as the black plastic plug in the headstock's truss rod channel.

These are inexpensive guitars, but get it to a decent guitar tech and it can be tweaked to play and sound really great for about $50-$75 or so.

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