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The SQ Squier series was introduced in late 1983 to early 1984.The SQ Squier series was based more on 1970s Fender models and also had USA made pickups installed.The series included the Supersonic guitar, the Venus guitar (co-designed by Courtney Love), the Jagmaster (a hybrid of the Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster models), and a re-issue of the Musicmaster Bass.Later, in 97, a guitar version of the Musicmaster Bass was added, though it should be noted this was based on the bass design, and not the Fender Musicmaster guitar design of the 1960s. The Squier lineup was augmented in 1996 with Affinity series guitars and basses. MN: M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
Over time, the Squier series slowly evolved to include original model designs and production has moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia.
The first Fender Japan models introduced in May 1982 were the 19 series, which were Fender Stratocaster models ST'57-115, ST'57-85, ST'57-65, ST'62-115, ST'62-85, ST'62-65 and the Precision Bass models PB'57-95, PB'57-70, PB'62-98, PB'62-75.
This arrangement benefited Fender because it removed the Greco Fender copies from the Japanese market, which were selling in Japan at much lower prices than the American made Fenders and it also benefited Kanda Shokai because Kanda Shokai could then distribute Japanese made Fender branded guitars in Japan.
Further negotiations between Fender and Japanese guitar factories took place.