During the 1980s Fender was making some very nice guitars under the Squire name. It truly rivals the MIJ Fender guitars of that time.
According to Wikipedia (all hail the Almighty Wiki! ), the Squier MIJ's were made at the Fuji Gen plant until '97 and the serial numbers follow the Fender MIJ dating.Before I go any further here, I have to say that the mid 80's MIJ Squiers seem to be completely different animals from later MIJ's.The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.I've tried tracking the history of my guitar, serial number etc.but none of it seems to add up - so take a look at the pictures and tell me what you think. Here is the link to Fender Japan, maybe you can find out something: And another one: PS I think you can read something about Japanese instruments here on Fender site, in support - product dating - Japanese instruments.
The scratchplate is single layer and although you can't reallt tell by the pics, the knobs and pick-ups are yellowish/aged, which I read somewhere that they are actually supplied this way on some models [img][img] Yellow Peril/SFrontbody Strat Small.jpg[/img][/img]Well, I think I like it! And check out you're on a path that's beaten, it's not your path." Joseph Campbell "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." "All that is impossible remains to be achieved." Jules Verne look like any MIJ I have ever seen, looks more like a 90s MIM, but I can see Mad in Japan on the headstock and the T prefix... Its definitely not an 80s MIJ I can tell you that though Now you can see why I'm confused, but it plays really well and has that real strat tone.
I know it doesn't really matter about the history, but I'm intrigued.
Maybe the next time I put a new set of strings on, I'll remove the neck and see if there's a pencil written serial number.
If you want to see a 1987 MIJ Squire E series Stratocaster, take a look at mine.
it is all stock except for the entire tremelo bridge assembly.
The original was rusted too badly to use, so was replaced by a GFS vintage bent steel saddle model.