How to tell the age of a Squier Guitar?

I've got an old Squier Stratocaster which is serial number A013959. Is there any way of determining how old this is? It's a great guitar to play, better than some genuine USA strats I've played...

regards../Robbo

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Not sure if this applies to Squier guitars too, but for dating Japanese made Fenders, it would appear to be 1985-1986. This fits in with about the time I bought the guitar (2nd hand in 1989)...../Robbo

http://www.rexc.com/services/datefender_jap.htm :D

Robbo, that is an excellent site that I use for dating Fenders. However, I was checking out a Japanese Squier and I seem to remember that there was a period when they couldn´t be manufactured abroad for some reason. To cover this, Fender made a bunch of guitars in Fullerton and simply branded them "Squier". Try searching into US or American made Squiers to make sure you haven´t got one of those beauts.

squiers are gay

squiers are not 'gay' but Elton John is.

1bassleft wrote:
Robbo, that is an excellent site that I use for dating Fenders. However, I was checking out a Japanese Squier and I seem to remember that there was a period when they couldn´t be manufactured abroad for some reason. To cover this, Fender made a bunch of guitars in Fullerton and simply branded them "Squier". Try searching into US or American made Squiers to make sure you haven´t got one of those beauts.

Unfortunately I don't think I've got one of these rare beasts as mines has "Made in Japan" on the headstock. Now THERE's a good album... :)

Cheers.../Robbo

Jap squiers are some of the best, you have a guitar worth upwards of $400, if it were chinese or indian then it might be a bit gay, but only a bit.
seriously Jap squiers are excellent guitars and the second hand price reflects this, if it were a jap vintage strat of the mid 80's era then you would be looking at $800+ in England they fetch £450-£600, but then we recognise a good guitar when we see one.
I have 2, an early 90's squire, and a mid 90's 60's reissue, both Jap of course.

lee_UK wrote:
Jap squiers are some of the best, you have a guitar worth upwards of $400, if it were chinese or indian then it might be a bit gay, but only a bit.
seriously Jap squiers are excellent guitars and the second hand price reflects this, if it were a jap vintage strat of the mid 80's era then you would be looking at $800+ in England they fetch £450-£600, but then we recognise a good guitar when we see one.
I have 2, an early 90's squire, and a mid 90's 60's reissue, both Jap of course.

450-600 quid?? It was a bargain then. I only paid 80 with a hardcase in London. Another jewel found in "Loot". I wouldn't sell it though, it's such a nice guitar to play. I'll hand it down to one of my sons when they're a bit older. Then the little feckers will probably put it straight on EBAY :shock:

of course the upper figure is for an early to mid eighties JV strat, they are very collectable, worse ways yours is worth £350+ a very good buy indeed.
I recently paid £375 for a jap 60's reissue and that i think is a mid 90's.

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