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S/E: The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. There were also Korean Squier serials with no serial number prefix and 6 or 7 numbers and the first number is the year. Chinese & Taiwanese Squiers YN: Y = Yako (Taiwan), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. CY: C = China, Y = Yako (Taiwan), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. CY serials are usually used on Crafted in China Squiers.S = Samick, E = Young serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars . Some Chinese made Gretsch guitars also have a CY serial number.The large Fender logo of the export Squier series was soon changed to a large Squier logo.
Incidentally, the export SQ's are almost always the so-called 70's Re-issue (because of the big headstock&3bolt neckplate) but they are more of an "upgrade" than a re-issue.
Some USA made Squiers also had a 000XXX serial stamp on the neckplate with no letter prefix and no serial number on the headstock. KC/KV: KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
USA Squiers were made for less than a year spanning 19 before production of Squiers went back to Mexico. Korean Squiers CN/VN: C = Cor-Tek (Cort), V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. For example"KC97" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997. KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.
Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on their main Stratocaster and Telecaster designs and had always used different model designs for their lower priced guitars.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
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