American Squire?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jake15, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Jake15

    Jake15 Guest

    Jan 17, 2001
    USA, PA
    I recently picked up a Squire Guit@r and the head stock say its made in U.S.A. Is this normal?
  2. Do you mean Squier? I have a Fender Squier Strat, and it says it was made in China. I wouldn't have thought that they would be made in the US, seeing as they're the bottom of the range models.
  3. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    I recall hearing that some Squiers were, for a VERY short time.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I recall the same thing. I beleive when they first started to make Squire's they were made in the USA. You got a keeper!!!! :)
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  5. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    if it is made in the usa its definatly a keeper...why dont you take the serial # and send it to fender they'll definatly be able to answer your questions.
  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The earliest Squiers were all made in Japan. Then Fender started shifting production to other countries, Korea, Indonesia, India (!!) and at one point Mexico.

    While the Mexi Squiers were in production, apparently some snafu at the factory resulted in a number of guitars getting shipped up to Fender's California factory to be built and these were sold as made in USA. I don't recall the exact dates but it was only for a few months. I recall these were marked on the headstock with a Fender logo (!!) then in small print "Squier Series".

    Trying to track Squier dates and country of origin is hard because production shifts so often. Today you can find models made in China, Korea and Indonesia but as recently as two years ago, some production runs came from Mexico again (saw some in a local store).
  7. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    Here's an interesting story for you guys...

    when I was on vacation last summer in Sea Isle City, NJ, I went to a surf shop and saw the owner playing a bass. He had a red Squier P Bass and a small practice amp and was playing some surf rock song. I looked at the headstock of the bass and it said

    Fender Precision Bass
    Squier Series

    I was like, holy crap! An MIA Squier! How weird!

    So I asked the owner if I could play his bass and where he got it and he was like "No one plays my bass, now go away, we're closing!"

    Ok thats my story. It was a damn nice bass. :D