Originally Posted by WoodyG3
There were plenty of people back then who would not touch a Squier because it was made in Japan and was a "cheap" instrument.
+1, and I was one of them. I was working at a small music store that was a Fender dealer. I was always interested in the US Fenders as they arrived, but basically just did a quick once-over with the Squires and put them on the rack. They were "only" Japanese guitars, after all. Strange, because my Ibanez Jazz copy had been my main bass for 5 or more years at that point, because I couldn't afford a US made bass.