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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Peas, Mar 20, 2013.
Is it true that Squires are actually made by Samick, and not by Fender?
I'm not sure who makes Squires, but Fender contracts the production of Squiers to various foreign plants. It's akin to Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, producing iPhones for Apple - but I wouldn't say that iPhones are not "made by" Apple.
I don't think there are any Squier factories but I could be wrong. I think the early Squiers were made exclusivly by one source but those days are long gone.
Again, I'm just assuming some things.
I'm pretty sure Cort manufactures a bunch of them.
Maybe not made by "Fender" but if that is true I'm sure that they are made to Fender's requested "specificatons". So not Fender employee's but Fender specifications
Just guessing on this one though..
I believe Cort makes the MI Indonesia Squiers, and Farida/GREE makes the Classic Vibes.
In the earlier days there were Mexican made Squiers but all of the current production is in China or other Pacific Rim nations including Indonesia. There is no "Squier" plant per se but the CV line is made by one Chinese manufacturer while the VM line is made by another. The Standard and Affinity lines are made in Indonesia I believe.
To say that they are not "made by Fender" is correct in the literal sense. The designs are definitely Fenders but the production is contracted out and controlled by Fender. But Fender owns the Squier name and markets them as Squiers by Fender. In the same sense Japanese Fenders aren't actually "built" by Fender either but still carry the Fender name.
Now I'm freaked out. 900 people working in a 120,000 square foot factory building 13,000 instruments per month.
That's a crowded factory.
Nah, each worker has 133 square feet to call his own.
And makes 133 squiers every shift?
maximum productivity I bet
whoever, whereever they get made, Squiers have always been a good value and today it seems like the quality is keeping up with production. just hit the local shops and play a few.
It's a production line, so they probably cruise through things. I'm not sure how long their work days are, either.
Well, technically... No guitars have been made by Fender since at least 1991.
What's your reasoning on this?
Officially, the Chinese work week is 44 hours, after which employers are supposed to pay 150% overtime. Unofficially, who knows. This is what I read, anyway.
Fender has owned Squier since 1966 or so. Squiers are made by Fender, but they're not actually "made" by Fender...
That's when Leo Fender died.
Although Leo sold Fender to CBS in 1965? I guess I don't get it.
But as stated, only USA and Mexican models are manufactured by Fender employees in Fender-owned factories. All the others (MIK, MIJ, MIC, MII, etc.) are contracted out to other companies.
Makes sense - thx.
AFAIK GREE (Farida) make the Fender Modern Player series. Squier CVs are made in a different factory.