Dating indonesian squier guitars
As always, dating by serial number is not an exact science and is seldom definitive.
These charts are meant only as guides and, due to the absence of thorough and uninterrupted records, hence do not offer complete reliability.
The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
Serial numbers without letter prefixes have been found dating through 1996; these are six-, seven- and eight-digit serial numbers with the first numeral (or first two numerals in the eight-digit numbers) indicating year of manufacture.
The letter prefix is followed by an eight-digit number, the first two digits of which identify year of manufacture, (i.e., , , etc.). It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name. Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan.Kanda Shokai owned the Greco brand name and one of the conditions of the Fender Japan agreement was that Kanda Shokai cease production of its own Greco Fender copies.