The reality was that the features were nearly the same and neither model was an accurate reissue. Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship. Although these were aimed at young female players, they were ironically and enthusiastically adopted by rock guitarists such as Slash and Dave Navarro. One other thing; A regular contributor here, Stratmanshow, is an expert on Squier guitars. The Super-Sonic had no tone controls but instead utilized two volume controls and a three-way toggle switch for pickup selection. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built.
This is apparently the first appearance of the Affinity. The basses each had plastic guards and traditional bridges. The behind-the-nut locking mechanism had a very clever clamp-operated quick-release mechanism. So he never changed anything and my friend has hardly touched it literally! The Squier Katana and Performer Squier Katana Designed by Fender marketing director Dan Smith, the is in some respects the most unusual guitar the company ever produced. Its a pity there is no official Squier history.
Some say they were excellent; some say they were absolute rubbish. Dude says he bought it at a Sam Ash about 5 years ago when the store was going out of business. Go Your Own Way Throughout its existence, one of the hallmarks of the Squier brand has been its experimentation, trendiness and even whimsy. What I find most interesting of all, is the extremity of opposing views on the early Korean Squier Stratocasters, first produced in 1987. I bought a Squier Affinity Strat last Dec. The Squier Super-Sonic in the Squier Vista Series catalog. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954.
The highly regarded Squier Pro Tones then showed off Korean Strat manufacture at its best for an all-too-brief couple of years. I initially thought it was built in 2009, but I have read other posts that would indicate it is from 2002. I am still working on the set up on the Affinity strat - fret out issues in the upper frets. The instrument bears more than a passing resemblance to the Fender Swinger guitars, which were built from unused parts meant for other instrument models, of the late 1960s. But beyond that I couldn't make much progress. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1985 For U. Both countries manufactured double-stamped Fender Strat saddles.
Classic Serial Numbers - 1954 - 1963 By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments. These guitars were marketed as the Bullet. The earliest Japanese Jagmasters employed a truss rod that is adjusted from the bottom of the neck, while later guitars have a 1970s-style bullet truss rod, which is adjusted at the headstock. Any help that you can provide would be gratefully received. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number. Sell Your Gear on Reverb Made in Mexico Fender Serials Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico in the late '80s and instruments started coming off the line in 1990. I think I bought it in 1998 and the next two digits are 07 so I presume it was made in 1997.
Dunno what's right or wrong now but the guitar seriously looks untouched! Well, the first thing there should be no doubt about, is that 1987 plywood Squiers can hide their laminate construction very well indeed. At many points in Fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. Again, the serial number alone in any of these cases is not definitive and the best approach is to combine that with other methods like the neck and body dates, as well as just the features of the specific instrument. So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number. Whether it is an original model or a vintage also the old logos are used again depends on your own estimation of the age of the guitar.
That is not a '62 or '57 reissue. Remember that although the above information is pretty accurate, the only thing truly consistent with Squier's especially earlier ones is inconsistency. Perhaps some chain wanted Affinities with the more desirable small headstock. Wanted a burst but got too good of a deal on a black one and the black has really grown on me. Then I started to see the joins in the veneering near the edges of the body.
Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1992 N3 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 digits U. And the first number following is the year. Black Squier logo with silver outlines. If it is not quite old, does it say, 'squier' anywhere on the headstock? The difference in the pots speaks for itself. The S stands for the decade of the seventies. Any help would be greatly appreciated! The logo has fatter golden letters with a thicker black border. And yet this was the instrument that Fender decided to use as a basis for the first Japanese-made Fenders to be sold in the United States.
The introduction of inexpensive cassette-based four track recorders, such as the Fostex X-15 multitracker, was making home recording studios popular, and many short-scale Bullet basses were bought by guitarists wanting to expand their arsenals. I have noted that every Fender where I have seen that description has been ply laminate whatever. Edited to add: What does it say below the Squier logo? The Fender Bullet series of guitars were a limited run in the early 1980's. The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way. You can also head over to too for even more help.