These early Squier JV models were produced until late 1984 and are highly sought after among collectors today for their quality and relative scarcity.
Higher-end options such as transparent finishes on ash bodies and gold hardware began to drive Squier prices up and elevate the brand perhaps a bit too close to Fender and Fender Japan during this brief era.More successful that year was the follow-up to the best-selling guitar of the previous two years, which was Fender's Mexico-built Tom De Longe Stratocaster model.Squier introduced its version of Blink 182 frontman Delonge's signature guitar, which featured a more familiar Fender approach with its '70s style Stratocaster design, plus a single Duncan Designed™ Detonator humbucking pickup and single volume knob. To maintain and control costs over the years, Squier instruments have been produced in several nations, including Japan, Korea, India, China, Indonesia and Mexico. He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll (V. To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era's new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963, and Fender bought the V. Squier string company in early 1965 shortly before Fender itself was bought by CBS in May of that year. When Squier versions of these instruments appeared, demand for them as the "official" cost-conscious alternatives was immediate, and a brand name was reborn. B." Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Mich., in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Squier violin, banjo and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price.Using the slogan "There's Magic in the Breed," Fender re-launched the Squier name in the U. By 1989, the series had evolved to include the Squier II Stratocaster (which had a more modern-looking tremolo) several non-pickguard contemporary designs, and even the heavy metal HM Series, which featured pointed headstocks and flashy finishes.