Guitarsite Forums Discussion Popular Topics What exactly is a squire guitar? Re: What exactly is a squire guitar?


its a guitar made under the fender licence, a lot of guitar manufacturers were ripping fender off in the mid 70’s, making guitars that looked and played like fenders but for a lot less money, most were coming in from Japan and some will argue that those rip off guitars were better than the production US fenders, im thinking of Tokai, so Fender throw around a few law suit warnings, and then decide if you cant beat them join them, so the set up a factory in Japan sent over a lot of the original manufacuring equipment, including most of the old jigs, and called them JV (Japanese Vintage) range, problem was, most of the stuff they were turning out was better than the US made guitars and half the price, the Japs made astonishingly good instruments, very acurate to the original 50’s and 60’s strats that everybody wanted. So a couple of years later they rename the brand ‘Squier’ but that didnt make any difference to the quality of those guitars, even today most of the Jap guitars are very sought after, and if you have a JV strat it would be worth a lot more than you paid for it. im no fender expert, but i think thats basicly how it goes, but i do own a fender strat… a Jap Squier of course. Lee.