I have two Squiers - one bullet and one affinity. Also might help you go shopping for what you want. Freed from the confines of having to live up to the historical designs of American-made Fenders, Squier has had the freedom to go its own way, often with some very interesting and economical results. The Jaguar series is amazing for the money because it costs just a tad more than an Affinity and has an active preamp. I'd love to see the family, maybe the missus is expecting again? Also I urge installing a chrome pickup cover on first-generation based instruments more for protection of the fragile pickup than for shielding. Does it have 'bullet' emblazoned anywhere on the headstock? Have I shielded passive split coil P-Basses? The Venus was also available in a 12-string version, which employed bifurcated pickups similar to those used on the Fender Electric twelve string model of the 1960s. Bullet Series plywood , followed by 2-digit year.
I have not seen exceptions to the above specs, but would not be surprised if their were. However, they used the same pickups and tuners as their slightly more expensive Affinity series cousins, and generally were acknowledged as good starter instruments. Edited to add: What does it say below the Squier logo? Many, including mine, have really nice frets and necks. There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet. That star indicates a Fender Bullet for sure. I wouldn't say a consensus but more of a general understanding that the Affinity is an entry line with woods, hardware, electronics etc that is not quite as good as the more expensive models.
Is it a vintage guitar, and quite old? Though examples also exist with the number on the headstock or the neck-plate in the case of certain early reissue models. . I'd say it is a Cort made one. Serial Numbers Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. Are they really any kind of improvement over the originals? The Fender Bullet series, which this last one was, was only made in the early 1980's, and the mass-production of those lesser-quality models didn't take into account later concerns regarding older serial numbers. I have noted that every Fender where I have seen that description has been ply laminate whatever.
In the early 1990s Fender switched from using zinc-plated steel for the bullet ends to brass, improving sustain. Still the pickup on these instruments is way more fragile than a plastic covered 2nd generation P-Bass or Jazz pickup and if you don't install the chrome pickup cover you must resist using the pickup for a thumbrest. As compared to the Squier Affinity made-in-China basses? Although only a small number of the Fender version of this guitar were made, Squier produced a bolt on neck version of this instrument and a matching bass that sold reasonably well. They need to have a Bullet Tele with a maple neck dammit. Several were sold on Reverb, and several were discussed in this forum, but it doesn't seem like anyone knows for sure what model it is. On a Jazz you can always turn both volumes up full to get some noise cancelling due to the phasing of the pickups but on a first generation single coil P-Bass you can not do that since there is only one pickup.
Most of the Squier Bullet Specials made in 2002 came with a special 20th Anniversary engraved neck plate. Although there were many variations, Super Strats almost always had two defining features. The basses each had plastic guards and traditional bridges. Hall collection of musical instruments in Santa Ana, California. One in particular was that it could be set so that the cast-metal block of the unit sat firmly against the top of the guitar when the unit was not being depressed, which helped to promote tuning stability and sustain. I am loving the Tele headstock, the neck and the overall build quality.
One interesting feature of the System 3 was that it was designed to be quickly locked down and function as a fixed-tailpiece instrument. However, several other sites indicate that it's the 2 numbers after the prefix designates the year. Hopefully, I'll have mine in a week or so! But it's solid wood and has a great 22 fret neck. I think I bought it in 1998 and the next two digits are 07 so I presume it was made in 1997. Additionally, there have been plenty of artist models, limited editions and other rare models that use a unique serial number. Is there a consensus on the Squier made-in-Indonesia P-basses? In the mid-1980s, Fender introduced a series of more than 10 new guitar models based on the Super Strat concept.
On a split coil P-Bass I'd only worry about it if you have a hum problem and you probably won't. I thought that was pretty darn cool! Bullet, Affinity, Artist, Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe. However, the FujiGen Gakki-made version of the instrument overcame the problems the American original with improved mechanical tolerances and quality control. The fact is a higher end Chinese bass can whoop up pretty good on anything Indonesia comes out with. While very different in design and appearance from each other, all three systems featured snap-in control arms of a heavier construction than the traditional screw-in Stratocaster tremolo arm. I got it after all - I really dig it! Squier Vista Series In 1996 Squier introduced the Vista Series, which unlike previous Squiers, were not created as budget guitars and were largely original designs.
Anyone have any experience with these? In the end copper foil shielding a split coil Precision won't make it any worse, but it doesn't make it perceptibly better either. I really don't think it improved the noise floor enough to justify the hassle. There may be some weird exceptions though. These dates will tell when the original part was manufactured, but are not exact indicators of when the guitar was actually put together and finished. Dude says he bought it at a Sam Ash about 5 years ago when the store was going out of business. At many points in Fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production.
Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan Sunghan , S was already taken by Samick so Saehan Sunghan used V instead Saehan Sunghan made the Vester guitars. Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. These were available in Black and Brown Sunburst. If you aren't breaking the bank grab it. Anyway I will scan and post on my website when I get a chance.