Fender Korea

Bill Alston

Squier Branded Korean Strats


It isn't initially my intention to cover every Squier Stratocaster made in Korea, this page will be some general info and guitars I think are interesting but may develop further in due course. The definitive website for all things Squier is Squier Wiki

Some General information about woods serial numbers and logos
I have posted this information many times on the Strat forum and one of the reasons for starting this section of my website was to have this readily available, although it is available in various forms elsewhere.

Logo etc Details
Black Logo Made roughly 1992 to 1995 always thin plywood body and poor quality, CN and VN etc
Silver Logos Unless Fender Branded with Small black Squier series these are 80s Guitars. See below
Silver Logo E7 or E10 serial numbers Good quality Young Chang Guitars Alder bodies with Maple top and back
Silver logo E9 S9 or S10 serial numbers Full width ply bodies
Silver Logo Squier II E9 S9 M1 or J1 logos Thin Plywood body
Gold Logos 1995 onwards various serial numbers all full width Alder Bodies except the Protone which is full width Ash

The E7 and E10 Strats

This is a 62 E10 I think this colour is Torino Red

Despite some sources the E7 and E10 were both made in 1987, some sources suggest the E10 is later but that's wrong. There were 2 models a 57 and a 62 and they were direct replacements for the Japanese models like the ST362 and 357. As always with far Eastern models these are not reissues just similar to 57 and 62 models. Good quality guitars built by Young Chang. I don't think that there is any difference between those with an E7 serial number and those with an E10 except that the E10s were earlier the first Korean Squiers.
The serial numbers on these have a real tendency to fade to invisibility so if you can't easily see the serial number don't be unduly worried.

Model 57 62
Body Alder with Maple Top and Back Alder with Maple Top and Back
Neck Maple soft V Maple C shape
Fretboard Maple 21 Frets 9.5" radius Rosewood 21 Frets 9.5" radius
Tuners Chrome Fender Branded Diecast Chrome Fender Branded Diecast
Headstock Small with silver logo see pictures Small with silver logo see pictures
Pickups Ceramic Ceramic
Controls Standard Strat White Plastic Standard Strat White Plastic
Nut 42mms 42mms
Hardware Chrome Chrome
Pickguard 8 hole single ply white 11 hole 3 ply white
Colours Arctic White, Black, Torino Red or Lake Placid Blue Arctic White, Black, Torino Red or Lake Placid Blue

The back and front of the headstock with the usual faded serial number

Back of a Blue E10 note the staggered centre holes on the backplate like a real Fender

Protone Strats

The Sapphire Blue Transparent

Most people will know the story of the Pro tones but just briefly in the mid 90s Joe Carducci became Squier Marketing manager he felt that Squier needed to up it's game as it was losing market share to the many competitors. He decided that the way forward was much better quality options. The Pro tones were born in 1996 well appointed great quality guitars and very good looking. There was an SSS in several colours and finishes (5 in all) and a black HSS fat strat said to be the first time Fender had used the term fat to describe a humbucker. As we all now know these were withdrawn in 1998 because they were too good and sales of Fender branded guitars dropped off because of people buying pro tones.
These guitars were made at the Cort factory.

Body Solid Ash Solid Ash
Neck 1 piece maple 1 piece maple
Fretboard 21 Frets 9.5" radius Maple or Rosewood dependant on colour 22 Frets 12" radius Maple
Headstock Plain (matching on the Oly White) see pictures Black See pictures
Tuners Diecast Gold on the CRT and SBT colour chrome otherwise Gold Diecast
Hardware Gold on the CRT and SBT colour Chrome otherwise Gold
Pickups 3 Alnico Single Coils white or aged covers 2 Alnico Single coils 1 HB black covers
Bridge Vintage style 6 pivot trem Floyd Rose licensed double locking
Controls Standard Strat White or aged 1 volume 1 tone 5 way switch Gold Knurled
Pickguard White shell except as below Black Shell
Colours Crimson Red Trans, Sapphire Blue Trans, Vintage Blonde with Aged Pickguard, 3 colour sunburst or Oly White with red shell pickguard Black

From the top Sunburst, Oly White, Crimson Red Trans, Vintage blonde.

SSS Headstock

The Fat Strat

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