Dating fender stratocaster guitar
PS - the Fender section seems to be the most comprehensive.
It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.
I'm sure I'll find some useful tidbits in there as time goes on - I always do.
For ten bucks I suppose it was an OK purchase, but certainly not indispensable.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.
To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era's new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963. By the mid-1970s, the Squier name was retired as the strings had taken the Fender name.
For the most part, collectors are only interested in the Stratocasters manufactured before CBS bought the company in 1965.
These pre-CBS Strats are relatively easy to identify by looking at the serial number on the metal plate on the guitar’s back, where the neck is attached.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.