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"Well it's an '81"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funblefinger, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. funblefinger


    Jan 27, 2014
    Rolled through the local GC this afternoon. They had a Squier hanging on the wall with a $499 price tag. Asked why it was worth so much. "Oh, it's an 81, really vintage". See me walking out laughing.
  2. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Early 80's Squires are arguably as good as, if not better then fenders made at the same time. 500 is a steal for one.
  3. bottomend!


    Oct 23, 2007
    Did you pick it up and play it? If not, then it was your loss... This era of fenders are highly appreciated for a very good reason.
  4. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I don't see $500 being a steal for any Squier of any era. Growing up in the 80s, Squiers were always looked at as beginner/student models. I've never heard anyone say 80s-era Squiers rival Fenders. Is this a common perception? Am I missing something?
  5. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    They do, its is and you are.

    1982 was the first year of Squiers so it was no a '81. If it was a '82 most likely it would be a JV worth well over $500. A SQ serial number squier is worth between about $300-$450. I have sold 3-4 in that range. Black ones usually get a little less and condition is key, most of mine were trashed. I have played gigs with a SQ.

    They are just as good as Japan made fenders of the time, they are better made on average then MIM Fenders, Squier Classic vibes and most people would say they are nicer then 70's Fenders. One of the worse P basses I have ever had was a 1974 Fender.
  6. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Funnily enough, the only P bass I have loved was a 74.
  7. There's one thing I've never, ever considered when buying a bass........ What is says on the headstock.
  8. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    The worse jazz I had was a '76. Both were all original. I am not being fair though, this was in the last few years so they had been abused 4 decades. Had they been cleaner I may have enjoyed them, the jazz had a lot of factory issues though.
  9. I remember back in 87 how 82-83 Squiers were already thought to rival Fenders.
    But this was among people who cared about quality, not headstock names.
  10. I used to have an SQ series back in the midsts of time, which was stolen in the end (though they left the MIM Precision and the Stingray, so I've an idea they knew what they were going for) and that was my main bass for a long time; and side by side it was as good or better than some of the other Fender stuff that was around during the time I had it. I think some of the reason I took a sabbatical from playing was the loss of that instrument...

    I've digressed. For the price for an early 80's Squier and if it was in good physical (wood wise) condition then that would have been a very reasonable purchase especially if it was a JV series.
  11. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    One way to know for sure...pick it up and play it. Early 80's Squiers are, with a few exceptions, nothing to sneeze at. I've encountered a few Korean Squier P's that were wonderfully made. It pays to take a few minutes and look it over, and play it...you might be surprised. I was.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Where is this interview of the Fender employee saying they almost cried when they saw the first Squier MIJ models, because it was what they were failingto achieve in USA ?
  13. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I don't think those were the Squiers, just the regular Fender Japan models brought over as a stop gap when there was a break in production here as they retooled. Still, what separated those MIJ guitars from the Squiers of the same time was mostly electronics quality if I am not mistaken, wood and build were top notch.
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Early 80s Squiers are excellent. Back in the late 90s I thought "These things are going to be collectible some day". Then Fender flooded the market, cheapening the brand. As a result, you can still buy a early Squier for short dough.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 All you did was allow the next person to get a really nice bass.
  16. thrasher666


    May 22, 2011
    So, by your logic, you meet a beautiful woman, great cook, loves sex, has a gymnasts body & loves the same things you do, and you don't date her cause you don't like her name?
  17. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    Woman, yes. Bass, no. I don't scream out the headstock name while in the throws of passion on a great "melody".
  18. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Sounds like you blew a possible great find. I'd need just a little more info though.
  19. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    The full history of the early Squiers can be found at
    21 frets.com a site dedicated to early Japanese Fender/Squier instruments!

    My 83 SQ p-bass is no less quality than any Fender that I've
    played over the last 40 years.