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Fender was also losing sales in Japan to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes and the establishment of Fender Japan would benefit Fender sales in Japan, as well as overseas.Fender began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors and reached an agreement with Yamano Gakki and Kanda Shokai to establish Fender Japan.
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5 Serial number tracing edit As follows is an approximate method in which Squier dates the serial numbers of manufactured instruments. Miscellaneous Chinese serials: CD, CT, CJ, NC: C China, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery.
USA edit Some USA made Squiers have a serial number with an E Eighties 1980s prefix, and some have a serial number with a N Nineties 1990s prefix. No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them.
Squier Vintage Modified Series edit The year 2007 saw the introduction of Squier s Vintage Modified line, a series of high-end instruments based around the concept of taking vintage designs and adding hot rod features such as hardware variations, gloss maple necks, new finishes and pickguards, and Duncan Designed pickups. 6 The first number following the serial number prefix is the year. E1 5 digits with black serial made by Sung-Eum in 1991.
4 The VM line draws from a wide range of Fender instruments, and has resulted in a large variety of models with many different feature combinations. The first guitars made in Korea are those with serial number written in silver E10 5 digits note 1 extra digit possibly as early as 1986 E7 5 digits with silver serial made by Young Chang in 1987-88. There were also Korean Squier serials with no serial number prefix and 6 or 7 numbers and the first number is the year.
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 labour 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.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. Acoustic guitars edit Squier MA-1 Electric guitars edit Original edit Squier 51 Squier Jagmaster Squier Venus 1997-1998 Squier Super-Sonic 1997-1998 Squier Stagemaster Fender Copies edit Squier Duo-Sonic Squier Stratocaster Squier Telecaster Squier Jazzmaster Squier Jaguar Squier Mustang Electric bass edit Squier Precision Bass Squier Jazz Bass Squier Jaguar Bass Squier Mustang Bass Squier Deluxe Active Jazz Bass Squier Telecaster Bass Squier Dimension Bass Squier Bronco Bass Squier Bass VI Amplifiers edit Squier 15 Instrument series edit Squier JV SQ series edit The first Fender Japan models introduced in May 1982 were the 19 series, which were Fender Stratocaster models ST 57-115, ST 57-85, ST 57-65, ST 62-115, ST 62-85, ST 62-65 and the Precision Bass models PB 57-95, PB 57-70, PB 62-98, PB 62-75.Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead. 3 Fender soon added a less expensive export Squier series based on the Fender Japan 19 series in July/August 1982, which had a large Fender logo with a smaller Squier logo and had a zinc rather than a steel tremolo block and again the stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed.2 The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982. The Squier series were also made available for the Japanese market in October 1982, which incorporated small changes compared to the export Squier series.Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on its main Stratocaster and Telecaster models and had always used different model designs for its lower priced guitars.