Dating a fender champ
Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead.
The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.
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.
Squier guitars have been manufactured in Japan, Korea, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China, and the United States. As his business grew, Squier moved the company to 429 Lake Ave. Up to 1900, the best violin strings were made in Europe.
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.
These bundled Affinity guitars are manufactured in Indonesia (identified by badger stripe on neck) whereas stand-alone Affinity are manufactured in China (identified by no badger stripe on neck). Colors: (706) Black, (758) Torino Red, (780) Arctic White, (700) Sunburst. For example, KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.
The year 2004 saw the introduction of Squier's Vintage Modified line, a series of high-end instruments based around the concept of taking vintage designs and adding "hot rod" features such as hardware variations, gloss maple necks, new finishes and pickguards, and Duncan Designed pickups. S/E: The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s.
Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on its main Stratocaster and Telecaster models and had always used different model designs for its lower priced guitars.