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Squier Strat, made in India?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by bullfrogblues, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    My niece brought over a guitar she was given that needed a new nut, pots, switch, and strings for me to work on. I didn't pay much attention to it as it was an older Squier. I ended up having to take the neck off to plug the screw holes that were stripped out, and noticed on the headstock "made in India".

    The little bit of research I was able to do reads that these were only made in 1989 and 1990.
    It's a little heavy, but plays well and has some very good tones to it, after all the mods done. The pickups may be a bit microphonic, getting a lot of feedback and squealing with a mild amount of gain.

    Do any of you know anything about these "made in India" Squiers?

    thanks,
    Allan.
     
  2. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Dec 28, 2007
    Rockledge Florida
    The Vintage modifieds are made over there if I recall correctly.
     
  3. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    The VM Squiers are made in Indonesia, not India.
     
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  5. evrythngsgngrn

    evrythngsgngrn TDPRI Member

    3
    Dec 29, 2011
    Ottawa Canada
    My VM Strat states "Crafted in India" on the back of the headstock.
     
  6. Frontier9

    Frontier9 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    57
    Dec 10, 2007
    Greetings from Sunny New Jersey
    Just curious, what is the overall craftsmanship like?
     
  7. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Dec 28, 2007
    Rockledge Florida
    So did my humbucker Tele!;)
     
  8. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    40
    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    While I can't say anything about how the MII Squiers are, apparently their brand of "Givson" are really good, so good that there are actually Givson Copies around.
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    And despite what the name might suggest Givson guitars are NOT Gibson copies. Although it has to be said, Givson guitars look rather cruddy.
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  9. evrythngsgngrn

    evrythngsgngrn TDPRI Member

    3
    Dec 29, 2011
    Ottawa Canada
    Not having the budget for a Fender, I didn't look upwards too much, but played several MIM strats and the standard Squiers before going with the VM and I've been very impressed with the VM and CV lines from Squier. I was going to come home with a CV Strat (I already had a CV Jazz bass and was very impressed) but they didn't have the colour I wanted and the VM was on par with the CVs. Overall I'm very happy with it.
     
  10. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    The guitar my niece has seems to be made quite well. I didn't pull the pickguard, but the neck pocket was good and tight, and for a 20+ year old inexpensive guitar it seemed well preserved. I couldn't determine if it was plywood or solid, but it was fairly heavy so I assume solid wood. Black with white guard and pup covers. The control knobs were a wonderful yellowed white color.
    btw, the "made in India" was on the face of the headstock on this one.
     
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