Dating a squier strat
These are mass produced instruments (and were cleverly designed to be so) and anyone who has any experience of production engineering knows that it all comes down to quality control - Fender have cracked it in China. Guitar made in China are in the worst place you could make a guitar. The plant are so dirty rats can't can't live there. Little black lines that grow on the guitar, and under the finish, little parts will fall off. by Fender are made in Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and India. Hope this clears things up for you, kcbuck this guy who is supposed to be a master, is NOT ,, re: " YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR " ,, I bought a gibson usa les paul and it cost me two thousand dollars and the guitar was awful in termas of the criminal cost , than i sent it back to gibson ad got all my money back and picked up and arir pro II PE ( les paul ) and the guitar is incredible ,, and it was more than 75% cheaper than the les paul ,, got it at a measley 325.00 and it plays sounds looks about a billion times better than that gibson overpriced WAY overpriced guitar ,,, in the 80-s fender and gibson dropped the ball and started ripping people off and have been doing so for the last 30 years ,, but PEOPLE dont know any better ,,, here are more clues ,, get a westone guitar or a vantage or a westbury or aria pro II , these guitars are all JAPANESE made and way way way beter than most usa guitar , they play , sound, feel , look beautiful and they are 9 out of tenb 10 times set up beautifully ,,, gibson and fender have been screwing people and selling good guitars with a price that would suggest you are getting a guitar that is top notch and should play so look so sound so and they just simply DO NOT ,,, a gibson les paul usa made priced at 2000.00 is worth between 400 and 500 TOPS ,, Moeytoons: Did you ever get that Gibson Les Paul set up or did you expect it to pay like a pro's guitar right out of the box? Every guitar straight from the factory needs to be set up by someone that knows what they're doing. the fit and finish is getting too close for comfort and Ive had several classic vibes across my bench and without question they are professional quality instruments, better than most of the revered Matsumoko japanese made guitars.A set up usually costs anywhere fron .00 to .00 USD and includes; * Action (String Height) * Radius (Neck and Bridge Match) * Pickup Height (To Strings) * Intonation (12th Fret in Tune) * Truss Rod Adjustment * Machine Heads (Usually Just to Ensure Tightness) * Fret Heights (All Even & Level w/ Each Other)There's more to it than taking it out of the box and playing it.... Worry the modern player tele I bought was set up nicely, better than mim junk. "It is better for people to consider you to be a fool than for you to open your mouth and remove all doubt".Fender and Squier serial numbers, for guitar made overseas, has in the last 20 years or longer consisted of two letters followed by eight (sometimes nine) numerals.
I think that when you're talking about a US Tele Standard costing over a thousand pounds (GBP) and the Chinese made Fender Modern Player costing less than a third you certainly do get what you pay for - a much better bargain with the Chinese made instrument. Gun powder and noodles vs Beethoven, Shakespeare, telephones, telegraph and and all digital products. UPDATE: I stand corrected, Fender now makes them in China. but were later marketed out to countries in which they are cheaper to manufacture. There is next to NO difference in the woods used, the electronics/pickups are very close too.General serial number info at the bottom of the page. This guitar was made by Samick in Indonesia and is a typical representative of the most common Mini in terms of appointments and color. One difference is the inspector is filled in with a name and a date (9/02). The exact same sticker appear on guitars with serial numbers starting with "SI", so the two are probably under the same management. This picture was taken after I installed the new tuners.You might argue that mine is an anomaly or something of that sort. Here I'll try and cast some light on the different Squier Mini Serial Numbers with a few examples. The fonts are an exact match in size and type with the IS00300077 above and has the same quality control sticker.