Since its introduction in the early '50s, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster guitar for its powerful tone and smooth playability.
I had owned a Fender for almost thirty years and was in the dark!
Our serial number guide shows approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.
Even after reading descriptions of what these terms meant, I still needed a visual.
A picture is worth a thousand words, a sample is worth a million.
When Squier versions of these instruments appeared, demand for them as the "official" cost-conscious alternatives was immediate, and a brand name was reborn. B." Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Mich., in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Squier violin, banjo and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price.
The Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action gloss maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 classic single-coil pickups, and a 6-saddle string-thru-body bridge.
Squier Company in 1965; by 1982 the Squier name had resurfaced as a low-cost "value brand" alternative initially manufactured and distributed in the Japanese domestic market and soon offered to Europe, North America and the rest of the world. As his business grew, Squier moved the company to 429 Lake Ave. Up to 1900, the best violin strings were made in Europe.
While the brand has produced its share of innovative designs over the past 25 years, its main focus and most successful approach has always been to be the "value brand" alternative to its big brother, Fender. Fender entered the picture in the 1950s, when the V. Squier Company began supplying Southern California inventor and businessman Leo Fender with strings for his unusual new electric guitars. By the mid-1970s, the Squier name was retired as the strings had taken the Fender name.
Meanwhile, as the flood of Asian Fender copies surged over Europe, Fender sought a competitive low-cost alternative.
As with the Marshall logo, the original 'spaghetti' style Fender logo (above) is by [someone unknown], although general chatter suggests it was based on Leo Fender's own signature with the 'F' being simply reversed!