Korean Made Fender Strat with Plywood body

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  1. Slackjawls

    Slackjawls Strat-Talk Member

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    The first sentence of the article says that the first MIK's were produced under the Fender brand then "immediateley after under the squier brand.
     
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    I had a black one from the early 90s that was plywood, bathtub pickup route, alnico pickups.
    I honestly don't recall whether the headstock was branded "Fender" or "Squier"

    It did NOT have the large hole in the center of the neck pocket.
     
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    Yes, the Squier Korean black ones were usually ply bodies. Why the black ones? I don't know, but they're the only ones I've been able to identify with ply bodies. They look as if they've been made on a different line.
     
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    Yes, even Fender branded ones were plywood bodies in the early 90s, the CN serials just like the guitar you're asking about in another thread.....
     
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    Full explanation and details on my website
     
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    Good link right there.
    Right at the bottom under "Fender Squier Series" looks exactly like the neck in Slackjawls' other thread, but with the serial number and "Squier Series" decals sanded off.
     
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    Not all the info on your website is completely correct, especially about Korean Fender Squier series guitars. I really know that because I was selling these guitars in my country back then. They were produced between 1993 and 1994 (or early 1995), not between 2002 and 2004 (as you mentioned there). The 1993 serial number (with CN prefix) is clearly visible in the photo on your website.
    In January 1995, the following models were available in Europe (Germany):

    033-7100-506 FE/SQ STD Strat RW BLK KOREA
    033-7100-558 FE/SQ STD Strat RW TOR KOREA
    033-7100-580 FE/SQ STD Strat RW AWH KOREA
    033-7102-506 FE/SQ STD Strat MN BLK KOREA
    033-7102-558 FE/SQ STD Strat MN TOR KOREA
    033-7102-580 FE/SQ STD Strat MN AWH KOREA

    033-7302-558 FE/SQ STD Tele MN TOR KOREA
    033-7302-580 FE/SQ STD Tele MN AWH KOREA

    033-7400-506 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW BLK KOREA
    033-7400-558 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW TOR KOREA
    033-7400-580 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW AWH KOREA

    033-7420-506 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW LH BLK KOREA
    033-7420-580 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW LH AWH KOREA

    033-7500-506 FE/SQ STD J-Bass RW BLK KOREA
    033-7500-558 FE/SQ STD J-Bass RW TOR KOREA
    033-7500-580 FE/SQ STD J-Bass RW AWH KOREA

    033-7420-506 FE/SQ STD Active P-Bass RW BLK KOREA
    033-7420-580 FE/SQ STD Active P-Bass RW AWH KOREA

    In late 1995, these guitars disappeared from the price list and stock list. The last Fender Squier Series guitar in stock (Germany) in December 1995 was 033-7400-558 FE/SQ STD P-Bass RW TOR KOREA. I still have a few printed stock lists from 1995.

    According to Fender Stratocaster specifications are almost the same as you mentioned on your website:

    Body: Classic Stratocaster shape
    Neck: 21 frets, 12" radius
    E-tronics: 3 SC Pickups, 5-pos ssw, Vol., 2 tone.
    Bridge: Vintage style tremolo

    Regarding body wood. I’m not sure if the bodies were Plywood, at least not all. I really remember that we checked several instruments. I'm really sure one nice and very resonant Torino Red Strat and one black J-Bass were solid, probably from basswood. Very soft!
     
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    I had one that I acquired circa 1990. A big chip of paint fell off clearly showing the ply body. The pickups weren’t up to much but the neck was very nice as I recall.
     
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    Thank you for the info, every time I post new pages I ask people for any additions or corrections, because with all the info I process and transcribe it would be surprising if I didn't make the odd typo or get some slightly wrong info.
    Post like yours are really helpful I will go through things later and amend as necessary.
    Thanks again
     
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    @stratit Yes I had typed 2002 to 2004 instead of 1992 to 1994 I have also added some of the info you provided. Thanks
     
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    As far I know the first Korean Squiers were made by Young Chang, I have a white one, well a lovely creamish one now and it is certainly not made of plywood, I have worked on a Korean Squier made from plywood before and it was built to perfection and played and sounded great. in these days of wood preservation I think more Guitars should be made of plywood, with a good paint job you would never know.
     
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    Yes they were made by Young Chang you may have one of the E10 or E7 models which were made of Alder with a Maple top and back. I agree about plywood but some of the models made in Korea are very thin plywood bodies again see my site for details.
     
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    I stripped down an 87 Korean Strat body years ago and it was veneered with a thin layer of what looked like maple.
     
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    That would fit in with an E7 or E10
     
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    A large proportion of budget guitars had plywood bodies up until the '90s, it was Yamaha who shamed them all into using solid wood when they brought out the Pacifica with an Alder body. I remember the Yamaha ads in the guitar magazines at the time making a point about the very same thing. Yamaha Pacifica solid vs plywood advert 1995.JPG
     
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    My E10 (Young Chang factory?) Squier has solid basswood body with a super thick coat of plastic'y (some kind of poly-something) undercoat and black poly topcoat.
     
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    My first electric was a 1987 MIK Squier Bullet.

    Plywood body, OK-ish otherwise. Wore out the neck on it.
     
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    a 1987 MIK Squier Bullet '1' would not be plywood....it's solid alder with a maple cap back and front.....
     
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    Still have E10 Squier MN Torino Red. IMG_5718.jpg IMG_5728.jpg
     
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