The Squiers will typically go for less money because they're "Squiers" and not "Fenders" but other than that, there seems to be very little difference.Your best bet for info is really just the guitar itself. I have an '85 MIJ Squier for example and the neck is stamped "ST-362" which tells me the neck is a '62 reissue. What's more is on mine there is a date hand written on the end of the neck heal...The good thing is that either way these are typically very fine instruments.Obviously I haven't played every single instrument to ever come out of that factory...Is there a reference you use to figure the neck stamp out?I don't recall my number, but I have it written down somewhere. But is there anything you could point me to for a reference?In other words I -know- my '96 is a '96 because I bought it brand new in '96 and the neck and body stamps verify this.With an older or used instrument though, if it's not marked there's no way to be absolutely certain.
The beautiful thing about Fenders is that they are so "modular" but the bad thing about them is that...are so modular, LOL!Hi, I'm trying to date a Squier and all references on the web say "refer to the Fender serial number dating service". ) Also, is there anything in the number that can indicate a more specific date? In general, Squiers do not follow Fender dating rules, but an E6 MIJ Squier would be somewhere around 84-87, IIRC. My serial number E673928 indicates 1984-87 However nothing I can find specifically says Fender Squier - so am I right in assuming that this list applies to Squiers (as opposed to regular Fenders - if in fact that is such a thing as a non-Squier Fender made in Japan?Unfortunately there isn't a lot of specific information on these instruments other than that they are typically very good instruments.I've never been able to find anything in regards to any specific differences between the Fenders and Squiers that came out of this plant..fact everything I've ever seen seems to indicate that there really aren't any differences at all.
Good luck, Jim Hi, I'm trying to date a Squier and all references on the web say "refer to the Fender serial number dating service"looking at e.g. My serial number E673928 indicates 1984-87However nothing I can find specifically says Fender Squier - so am I right in assuming that this list applies to Squiers (as opposed to regular Fenders - if in fact that is such a thing as a non-Squier Fender made in Japan?