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and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.
The early '80s 'JV Series' Squier Strats were undeniably amazing value for money, representing as they did the premium Fender Japan product in Europe, at a budget price.
But not all JV Strats were created equal, and in my experience their appeal fluctuated quite markedly.
During this same period, the company began to step up the quality of its guitar production. production methods to the Korean market, while taking advantage of the low-wage level in Korea to offer inexpensive, entry-level guitars.
Samick formed a joint venture with Texas-based International Music Company (also known as the Hondo Guitar Company). Hondo initially produced a line of classical and folk guitars.
I’m not going to be including late ‘80s Korean Squiers in this piece.
I've now added a full study of the first Korean Squiers, which you find in The Truth About... But suffice it to say that the ‘80s Korean Squiers were inherently and consistently inferior to their Japanese predecessors, and they had what I’d describe as ‘double-take’ retail prices.
If you were looking for info on the Fender-branded '62 Reissue Strats exported from Japan from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s (the Fuji Gen Gakki Fender MIJs), please follow this link.The price does not include warranty outside the country of sale. Installed a Graphite Nut, and installed the HSS Powered by Lace loaded pickgard. I have a Fender Starcaster Electric Bass Guitar, s/n IC 041011711 and a Fender Squier Bullet Electric Guitar, s/n IC 030705296. i have a squier II made in India, i can not find a serial number, the truss rod adjustment is at the pick guard, can you tell me if this a rare guitar? where can i get downloadable manual for a Fender Squier Telecaster made in china (2012)please?This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.Additionally, this manufacturer produces a full range of pianos, electric and acoustic guitars, basses, banjos, autoharps, harmonicas, and other instruments.