Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number

Squier is a manufacturing company of various musical instruments but they’re popularly known for mass-producing guitars. Due to the enormous number of guitars, they have manufactured all over the world each guitar has a serial number known as the Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number which is set based on a combination of the country of origin and the year the particular piece was manufactured. 

Generally, the Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number is placed on either the front or the back of the headstock. In some cases, it may even be stamped on the neck plate of the guitar. Now, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about Squier serial numbers. 

USA Squier

The Squiers have been manufacture in Corona, California since 1985. Most of the instruments have both the prefix and the number but there have been a few which had only the number on the neck plate. Therefore, it might be hard to identify which decade it was actually manufactured. USA Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number has been demonstrated below for your reference. 

E (“Made in USA”) – E: Eighties, followed by a 6 or 7 digit number, where the first number after the prefix portrays the year. For example, E9xxxxxx means 1988. 

N (“Made in USA”) – N: Nineties, followed by a 6 or 7 digit number, where the first number after the prefix shows the year. For example, N0xxxxxx means 1990. 

(“Made in USA”): 000xxx serial number means no indication of the year. 

Japan Squiers

Squiers were manufactured in Japan by FuijiGen till 1997, and the crafted ones were done by Tokai and Dyna from 1997. 

An alphabet was assigned for a specific period that demonstrated which year a specific Squier was manufactured. The below list should help you understand it better. 

“Made in Japan”

LETTER YEAR   NUMBER LETTER YEAR   NUMBER

 A 1985-1986   6 B 1985-1986   6

 C 1985-1986   6 E 1984-1987   6

 F 1986-1987   6 G 1987-1988   6

 H 1988-1989   6 I 1989-1990   6

 J 1989-1990   6 K 1990-1991   6

 L 1991-1992   6 M 1992-1993   6

 N 1993-1994   6 O 1993-1994   6

 P 1993-1994   6 Q 1993-1994   6

 S 1994-1995   6 T 1994-1995   6

 U 1995-1996   6 N 1995-1996   5

 V 1996-1997   6 JV 1982-1984   5

 SQ 1983-1984   5

“Crafted in Japan”

LETTER         YEAR   NUMBER     LETTER YEAR   NUMBER

 A 1997-1998   6 B 1998-1999   6

 C 1985-1986   6 N 1995-1996   5

 F 1986-1987   6 O 1997-2000   6

 P 1999-2002   6 Q 2002-2004   6

 R 2004-2006   6 S 2006-2008   6

 T 2007-2008   6

“Made in Japan”

T         2006-2008   6                   U         2007-2008   6       

For example, if the Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number is N123456, the instrument was manufactured in 1993-1994 and the serial number is 123456.

China Squiers

“Made in China” 

CA, where C is China and A is Axl (made by Axl)

CAE – 10 digits – the first two numbers after the prefix here is the year of manufacture. For example, CAE-09xxxxxxxx means made in 2009. 

“Crafted in China”

CY – 8 digits where C is China and Y is Yako – the first number after the prefix here is the year of manufacture. For example, CY2xxxxxxx means made by Yako from 2002 to 2003. 

COS – 8 digits, and COB – 9 digits are crafted by Cor-Tek in China. 

CGRL, where C is China, GR is Grand Reward (factory) and L is a factory code. Here the first 2 numbers after the prefix are the year it has been crafted. For example, CGRL09xxxxxx means it was crafted in 2009. 

Korea Squiers

CN, where C is Cor-Tek and N, is the Nineties. Here the first digit after the prefix shows the year of production. For example, CN5xxxxx means it was manufactured in 1995. 

VN where V is Vester Guitars and N is the Nineties. Here the first digit after the prefix demonstrates the year of production. For example, VN7xxxxxx means it was manufacture in 1997. 

S, E (“Made in Korea”) means it was produced by Samick or Young Chang. The first guitars made in Korea had Squier number stamped in silver. For example, E1 + 6 means it was made by Samick in 1987 – 1988. 

Mexico Squiers

MN, where M is Mexico and N is the nineties. 

The production of Squiers took place in Mexico only from 1987 to 1994 since the plant was burned down in 1994. 

Indonesia Squiers

“Crafted in Indonesia”

IC, where I is Indonesia and C is Cor-Tek. Here, the first 2 digits after the prefix show the year of production. For example, IC09xxxxxxx means it was crafted in 2009 by Cor-Tek in Indonesia. 

ICS where I is Indonesia, C is Cor-Tek, and S is some sort of Factory Special Run. Here, the first 2 digits after the prefix indicate the year of production. For example, ICS10xxxxxxx means it was crafted in 2010 by Cor-Tek in Indonesia. 

SI where S is Samick and I is Indonesia. Here, the first 2 digits after the prefix demonstrate the year of production. For example, SI09xxxxxxx means it was crafted in 2009 by Samick in Indonesia. 

India Squiers

“Made in India”

LETTER     YEAR NUMBER LETTER     YEAR   NUMBER

 CS07             2007-2008   6 NHS10 2010-2011   6

 NHS11 2011-2012   5

“Crafted in India”

LETTER         YEAR   NUMBER LETTER       YEAR   NUMBER

SH07             2007-2008   6 SH08             2008-2009   6

NSHA09 2009-2010   6 NSHD09 2009-2010   6

NSHE09 2009-2010   6 NSHF09 2009-2010   6

NSHG09 2009-2010   6 NSHH09 2009-2010   6

NSHI09 2009-2010   6 NSHJ08 2008-2009   6

NSHJ09 2009-2010   6 NSHK09 2009-2010   6

ZSSH07 2007-2008   6 ZSSH08 2008-2009   6

For example, if the Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number is NSHKO9123456 it was manufactured in 2009-2010 and the serial number is 123456. 

Conclusion 

By now you should be aware of how Squier serial numbers work. So if you have a Squier guitar at home or you’re about to purchase one, you can check the Squier‌‌ ‌‌Serial‌ ‌Number stamped on the guitar and have a complete picture of when and where that particular instrument has been manufactured. 

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