Dating and seriel numbers for used v series ibanez guitars
Negotiations with Tkai were broken off and Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen. Over time, the Squier series has slowly evolved and containsoriginal model designs.
The production has also been moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China, Indonesia and India. Some USA Squiers had no serial number stamped on the headstock but a number without a prefix on the neck plate.
Many records have been lost during years and most of all were destroyed in a fire accident on late '90s in ESP Japan factory.
For old guitars we can only know the exact data reading the ESP warranty card (when there is), or unscrewing the neck (if the neck is bolt on) and read under it becuse probably theres the data write on pencil).
ICS I = Indonesia C = Cor-Tek (Cort) S = Special Run, 8 or 7 digits.
Typically, the S indicates a Factory Special Run or FSR guitar.
Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America, and to compete with, Fender moved the cheaper Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
Sales in Japan were disappointing, Fender could not compete with Japanese competitors such as Tkai and Greco.
The VM series has "Crafted in India" on the back of headstock.
Fender started negotiations with various Japanese distributors of musical instruments and reached an agreement with Yamano Gakki and Kanda Shokai to found Fender Japan.
One of the conditions of the agreement was that Kanda Shokaistops producing its own Greco Fender guitars.
The production of Squier guitars started here in 1991. "Crafted in China" CY - C = China Y = Yako (Taiwan), 8 ditgits. Silver logos were used for models built in the late 80s and for the Fender Squier Series strats, built in 19. Squiers with a gold-colored logo have an alder body.
MN - M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s) MZ - M = Mexico, Z = 2000's On February 11, 1994 the Ensenada plant burned down and production was temporarily moved to Corona. CY appears on all models produced in China and is by far the most common form. CGS - C = China G = factory code S= Squier, 7 or 8 digits. The factory from which the COS and COB serial number prefixes, are missing documentation and is unknown. The Squiers with a gold-colored logo were built from mid-1995.