Squier Series Fender Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by outofstep, Dec 8, 2001.

  1. outofstep


    Dec 5, 2001
    Sonoma, CA
    I saw a jazz bass the other day and it looked just like a fender jazz but on the headstock, just below and to the right of the fender decal and serial # it says, "squire series"... now what does that mean?? is this squire jazz? thanks. -matt
  2. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    I think (people correct me if I'm wrong), these were basically made overseas (I think in Korea), basically they are the same Squier, just before they decided to put the Squier logos on them. Also from what I understand, is these basses are supposed to be better than the Fenders of the time.
  3. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    The first MIM basses were tagged Squier series.
  4. kaboom133


    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    my squeir says "crafted in china"
  5. outofstep


    Dec 5, 2001
    Sonoma, CA
    so it's a fender? cool. thanks. -matt.
  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    well squire isnt technically a fender, its a subsidiary of them, a seperate company that fender gets paid to put its name on. If my memory serves me correctly Squire was originally a string company.
  7. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Yes, Squier was originally a strings company. The bass in question appears to be Mexican in origin and the early ones as stated were called Squier Series, the Fender logo being like all their basses. I would say it's every bit as much a Fender as the current MIM Fender series as it was actually the predecessor to what is now the MIM Standard series.

    Beyond all that, don't get caught up on names and logos. If YOU like it that's all that matters.
  8. You might have stumbled across an early Squier, made from American parts in Japan from 1980-84, if I remember things correctly. Check the serial number, if it starts wuth JV, it's Japanese (JV stands for Japanese Vintage, and it's a remake of a 62 J). I've got an 84 JV-Squier P myself, and it's brilliant. Like it better than my Warwick. And the early Squiers are considered to be better than the American Fenders from the same period. I can't argue with that.
    If you want to know more, got to www.fenderforum.com, and visit the Squier forum. There's someone called "njale" there, who seems to know everything there is to know about Squiers, he can probably straighten things out for you!

  9. punkbassist

    punkbassist Guest

    Dec 3, 2001
    New Jersey

    True to that. I just think of squiers as fenders that were majorly screqed up so they just repainted the word squier ont he head stock instead. Thats what i think of em.
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    :confused: Huh? Different factory, kiddo.
  11. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    Ummm, yea they are different companies. Also made from different woods. I've also played Squiers that were better than MIM Fenders.
  12. my Squier is better than some 80-90's American made Fenders I've tried, and beats all the MIM P's I've ever laid my hands on. YMMV though.
  13. Well, I do own a Squire Jazz that is better than some, but by no means all MIA jazzes. I however think this is pure luck and chance as every other one I've tried has been pretty damn poor. I will never sell my Squire jazz, ever.