There are 2 Squier Strats listed. They only say Classic Stratocaster shape or the like. My bullet on the other hand is truly a gem. Sold the same day it was listed. So going back over what we just read. They were the lite ash ones I think, maybe ten years back. Regards, kcbuck Sparky: Check my old Blue Book that I sent you and see if it is the same as indicated above.Next
I remember the ash is real light and hollow sounding, I believe it's hollowed out and more of a picture. I've always heard that the Korean Squiers were some of the better ones and that they are made in the Cort guitar factory in Korea. Those made by Cort are the most desirable. I haven't played it in years so this past weekend I decided to put strings on it and set it up. Serial Numbers Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. How are we supposed to tell by a blurry picture? These make rather nice mod platforms, as they are basically a ProTone with cheap parts and an alder body instead of an ash body.
Obviously, the numbers on the neck only date it and the body could be who knows what. It's probably my favourite guitar to play at the moment. You cant get better bang for the buck value, imo. Probably made by Yako Taiwan. If I go by the serial on mine it says it was made in 93 but I'm almost 100% certain I bought it in 89 or 90.Next
Who knows how long it was waiting in the Fender factory before finding its way into a Tele? Sometimes instrument production did not meet the levels for which decals were produced—thus there are some overlapping years. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. I'd be willing to bet money I bought that guitar in 1990 even though the serial number says 93. They need to have a Bullet Tele with a maple neck dammit. The popular belief is that the first character in the serial number refers to the factory.Next
In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument see image. Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year. One starting with Z5 would be from 2005. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database. Like in the pic of Iboorse's new Telecaster. My crappy beginner soldering also wasn't helping, as well as what appears to have been a stripped wire in an old unshrunk wrap for a ground what was I thinking? If it was made in Korea it's a Squier by Fender and not a Fender Showmaster.Next
At this time, the location of the serial number also shifted from the bridge to the neckplate the metal plate located on back of where the neck meets the body. After a short period of overlap with the old system, the post-76 numbers will start with a letter that indicates the decade, followed by a number that indicates the year of that decade. The first number following the serial number prefix is the year. Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. Silver would mean possible full width plywood body but wood on the 87' Young Chang models.
His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. They may be pieced together with lots of smaller pieces but not traditional plywood. Is there anything in particular I should look out for when testing it? They're in many cases quite good. Only nitro will check like that so I know it's not poly. Similarly, take a look at for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar. It played beautifully, stayed in tune forever, sounded fantastic, and it was a real-head turner.Next
This scheme is not 100% consistent due to a number of production factors, such as Fender producing more serialized decals than needed in a given year. We know that a first letter of C refers to Cort, and it is popularly believed that a first letter of S refers to Samick, and a first letter of V probably refers to Vester. I've read a lot of varying opinion and comments on the wood. For example you asked the French guy what year his guitar was built. He really knows his Korean squiers. Although they sounded ok they made the Tele unusable at gig levels.Next
And Jeff is in possession of a very pretty one! I'd love to see a picture of one if you know of such an instrument. I have since had 3 other Strats that lasted no more than a few weeks before I realized that I couldn't bond with them. If it has a gold logo it will be a full width alder body or it will be ash if its a ProTone. We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help. One is that there was a reorganizing of where the parts were being make in the large, expansive Fugi Gen Gakki company.Next