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Old 5th September 2007
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Picked up a "vintage" Squire P Bass. Need Serial # help

It says "Made In Korea" The serial starts with S 916.....

From what I could find on the net, S means seventies and the first # represents the year..in this case 9. That puts it at 1979.

From what I understand, the older Squires used a lot more fender parts than the newer ones. Does that sound about right?

Was 125 with a hard case a good deal???

Thanks.
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It says "Made In Korea" The serial starts with S 916.....

From what I could find on the net, S means seventies and the first # represents the year..in this case 9. That puts it at 1979.

From what I understand, the older Squires used a lot more fender parts than the newer ones. Does that sound about right?

Was 125 with a hard case a good deal???

Thanks.
Hmm. That doesn't seem right to me. The 70's Fender Squire line was made in Japan. They kept it there until sometime in the mid to late 80's. They moved to Korea at that time and they offered Squire guitars and basses for $179.99 and $199.99.
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I'm not sure. I called Fender. They have records going back to the late 80's. They said that there was no serial that started with S in their records. They have no records before then.
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ah..

Who knows if this is right, but I found this on wikipedia:

"The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers seem to be from the late 1980s/early 1990s and not before 1987/1988 and don't seem to have a reliable serial number dating system. Fender was changing Squier production to different countries at the time. Some Squier II's were made in India around 1989-1990."
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fender started off-shoring its guitars in 1984 when they went to japan. it was the late 80s/early 90s where korea came into the picture. i've got an 83 strat, which was the last year they made em in Fullerton.

in your case, the S in your serial number stands for "Squier", not "Seventies". there is no "US made" serial number which starts with "S", which is what Fender is talking about.


cheers,
wade
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Who knows if this is right, but I found this on wikipedia:

"The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers seem to be from the late 1980s/early 1990s and not before 1987/1988 and don't seem to have a reliable serial number dating system. Fender was changing Squier production to different countries at the time. Some Squier II's were made in India around 1989-1990."
That's what I thought.

That bass probably sold for around $179.99 at all the major retailers of the day. For a while, they were made of plywood. Not alder, maple, basswood or ash, but plywood.

Good luck.
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Ah well. Doesn't seem like a bad deal anyhow. I don't play. It's for folks coming in to the studio to use if they have crappy crap. I think maybe I should put on some flat wounds and call it good enough!! Besides, everything sounds good through a Sansamp, right?
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For a while, they were made of plywood. Not alder, maple, basswood or ash, but plywood.
indeed they were.

IMO, it's the ones that read "crafted in japan" that are the ones to look for. although a friend has a korean made acoustic and it sounds pretty durn good.


cheers,
wade
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What are we coming to when we call a Fender Squire Bass of any year "Vintage"?
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Based on my early, yet incorrect, infomation; I thought it was from 1979. That's almost 30 years. I'd call that vintage..but that's just me.

How about

"I got this seemingly older squire bass. Could you help me figure out how old this horrible crap is?"

Sorry I didn't phrase it the form of a slut.
Old 6th September 2007
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Based on my early, yet incorrect, infomation; I thought it was from 1979. That's almost 30 years. I'd call that vintage..but that's just me.

How about

"I got this seemingly older squire bass. Could you help me figure out how old this horrible crap is?"

Sorry I didn't phrase it the form of a slut.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset and I can see how it would be taken that way, forgive me.

Barry

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I buy Japanese Squier Strats whenever I see them. For whatever reason I like them a lot.

The serial numbers are "SQ" followed by five digits. Seems they're '81 or '82.

They're three-bolt, large headstock strats. The wood is great. Basswood rather than alder. The fretwork is great too. The electronics are weak so I gut them.
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I buy Japanese Squier Strats whenever I see them. For whatever reason I like them a lot.

The serial numbers are "SQ" followed by five digits. Seems they're '81 or '82.

They're three-bolt, large headstock strats. The wood is great. Basswood rather than alder. The fretwork is great too. The electronics are weak so I gut them.
Those guitars absolutely ROCK. MUCH better than the American made Fender Strats of the day and the 3-bolt micro-tilt is awesome.
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