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1996 MIK Squier Strat

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by Thornes, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Thornes

    Thornes New Member!

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    Nov 8, 2017
    Latvia
    I recently received this rather beautiful Strat, not because I desperately wanted one, but because a friend was passing it on to a better home for dirt cheap and I couldn't say no. Plus, guitar trading is not all that common where I live, so older instruments are usually very rare to come by.

    I, however, know next to nothing about the Korean made Strats, and this guitar immediately felt very unfamiliar- sharp body contours, odd-feeling switchgear, and above all- the weight. I weighed it in at ~8,5-9 lbs, although that quite possibly isn't 100% accurate

    The trem cavity also spooked me, but I'd write it off as me just not being familiar with these types of instruments

    The neck is almost certainly what it says, serial # VN6 + 5 digits, but I can't be sure about the body. The friend I got it from says it's alder, but I can't be sure.

    Bottom point, if someone much more knowledgeable could clue me in about what this guitar is and some specifics about it, that would be great

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  2. Thornes

    Thornes New Member!

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    Nov 8, 2017
    Latvia
    I know many hail the Korean made squiers as quality instruments, but I've only really heard that about the early ones with the Japanese and US type equipment, not the later ones, which this supposedly is.

    I suppose it feels and plays fine, but I have no reference, so I can't really pass judgment
     
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  3. Rocknrguitars

    Rocknrguitars New Member! Vendor Member

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    Nov 10, 2017
    East Helena Montana
    I've done mods to several of these. You can make them sound pretty good. I think in 1993 Fender switched plants from the Cort Plant to the Sunghan plant on these. This is when they decided to cleanup the serial numbers some. I believe V signifies Sunghan and I know the N is for the nineties. So VN6 was made in 1996. In my opinion the guitar is worth upgrading. Different Pots, Switch, Caps and Pickups will make a huge difference in this guitar.
     

  4. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    See my recent post on other Korean strat discussions. Basically it's a gold logo 1996 so it's a full width Alder body (Ash if it were a Protone which it isn't). This is a very decent guitar as regards body, neck hardware etc. Not sure about the pickups and the electronics but will certainly be usable.