Early SQ Squier

skisquash

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Hi All,

I have an early Fender Japan Squier Stratocaster with a SQ serial on the neckplate and slotted tuners. The number SQ02XXX indicates likely an early version from June/July '83. Absolutely love the feel of this guitar!

I've read www.21Frets.com multiple times. This site is a great resource for early Fender Japan guitars!

Wondering if anyone has created an SQ serial monthly dating table that narrows the range of dates better than summer 1983 thru 1984 for these MIJ gems? Also, some folks reference early SQs with USA alnico pups and later SQs having Japan alnico pups having comparable tone.

Thanks
 
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blueworm

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I had one which I recently overhauled.

The neck has a stamp on it:


I believe 84 stands for the year. Not sure about other digits (reversed). Could be batch and/or month, like on Tokai strats.
 

skisquash

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That looks like June 20, 1984 (at least for the neck). Nice. Do you have the SQ serial #? I think sometimes it can be the last date before assembly but this isn't consistent.
 

skisquash

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What's always strange about the serial numbers is they rise so fast. I wonder if they used the number for ALL SQ guitars in sequence or if the numbers indicate week or month batch of SQs.
 

gw247

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serial #SQ30948


I've got one like this. My problem is when I'm picking I tend to tap the center pickup with my stiff pick, which makes it and the other two pickups make clicking sounds through the amp. I like the tone, and want to use the stock "Mustang" pickups.

I like the neck and love the small strat and it's weight. I suppose stuffing the pickups? Using foil? The only customizing so far, is that I have cut the horn a 1/2 inch deeper, and have added a push pull tone knob pickup switch. It also squeals when I get too loud / too close to my amps. Perhaps I'll try to use it live again.

I like picks for most songs.
 

gw247

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They are said to be the Mustang pickups by Fender, which also have the plastic covers. I think they look cool, and are not cheap. Wikipedia has some Japan Squire info on it.

The one in the video is not mine. (Sq30948 is mine). I don't know. I wonder how much lace pickups cost? I've used it with a pair of Vox Valvetronics. I liked it better than PAF pickups for Clapton leads. The noise: not cool.

I bid on mine based on it's picture 15 years ago from E-Bay/ UPS and it came with a small rectangular hard case and no packing box! The fabric between each end's black leather trim, matched the gray speckled Silvertone amps I have, but it's built like Fender's. No badge. I don't know if they all came with a case, but I bought the Squire, since it was included. I bought it for about $210 plus shipping, from CA? I'll keep it.
 

skisquash

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They are said to be the Mustang pickups by Fender, which also have the plastic covers. I think they look cool, and are not cheap. Wikipedia has some Japan Squire info on it.

The one in the video is not mine. (Sq30948 is mine). I don't know. I wonder how much lace pickups cost? I've used it with a pair of Vox Valvetronics. I liked it better than PAF pickups for Clapton leads. The noise: not cool.

I bid on mine based on it's picture 15 years ago from E-Bay/ UPS and it came with a small rectangular hard case and no packing box! The fabric between each end's black leather trim, matched the gray speckled Silvertone amps I have, but it's built like Fender's. No badge. I don't know if they all came with a case, but I bought the Squire, since it was included. I bought it for about $210 plus shipping, from CA? I'll keep it.
I haven't heard the Mustang pickup theory. Most of the research lists them as Japanese made pups.

Laces are about $150 at GC. It's strange in the video he doesn't mention he is demoing with Laces. I have an '88 Clapton with original gold Laces. Love it. No noise. Love to figure out the SQ hum.

I've had my '84 since I bought it in '88. I love it!
Any single coil hum? Love my '83. Looks like the pic. :)
 






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