Hard to tell just looking at it and not playing it. But I’ve played some great Squier necks over the years, so I do believe they have the ability to produce one.
Hell, I’ve always been a fan of the CV necks. Yeah, they’re super lacquered up which isn’t totally my preference, but I can walk into any store and have an enjoyable and easy time playing one. I’ve found them to be consistently really good.
I bought a Squier II Contemporary Strat (late 80s - early 90s is my guess) at GC some years back for 80 bucks. The guitar was crap - plywood body, weak pickups, horrible electronics - but the neck was sublime, so I bought the guitar figuring I'd be able to put the neck to use on something at some point.
It ended up on this parts Tele. Even though it's pretty much all cheap parts (except for the bridge pickup which is 60s vintage Fender), it's one of the best playing guitars I've got.
YES! The Korean squier II necks are amazing. Unfortunately too many people know it these days. I picked one up years ago, a red strat with ply body. I upgraded the tuners and used it for a build. I'm always on craigslist waiting for those to pop up, they hardly ever do.
I too have an 87-88 MIK Squier Tele. The neck is great, and has aged to a nice tint. My only complaint is the glossy neck. I scotch brite'd it years ago, so it players better, but still can't get any wear patterns. I think that guitar is too nice to mess with, so I recently bought an Affinity MII Squier Tele, and I'm going to replace everything on it including the squeal. Starting with an unfinished Allparts neck and a Tusq nut that I'm going to nitro.