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your take on how things went was wrong, hate to say.. so i will try to explain how it went down: when CBS sold Fender I was working at a Fender dealership.. the new Fender guitars and basses that came out then were made in Japan. Contrary to what so many seem to say or think, Japan never made any of the Squires. The fender guitars made in japan were actually THE Fender guitars. The Squire line, which was new then, was made in Korea, originally. In more recent years they have been made in Mexico. (I assume its even cheaper than Korea. its probably not so far to ship them to the USA, which would cut costs too.) They did not make them of cheap "local" parts. The switches and plugs are usually by Switchcraft, regardless. this is true for most guitar companies, i may as well add. in fact, for most guitar companies, most bridges and other parts are made in Japan, Germany or USA. always have been. All the guitar companies use mostly Schaller, Gotoh, or Grover made tuners. Additionally, for those that are into such trivia, some Fender guitars were made in Japan in the 1960’s. Some were made in japan afterwards also. Some of the REGULAR Fenders they make today are made in korea or japan, from time to time. My Accoustic Fender DG22s was actually made in Korea. It was made very well, i was kind of surprised because its quality of workmanship was better than the Korean Squire telecasters I had seen them make about 15 yrs ago. –dan : 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.