Squier Classic Vibe Series edit In 2008, Squier released its Classic Vibe series, a series of electric guitars and basses mirroring classic Fender designs of the 1950s and 60s. China and Taiwan edit YN: Y Yako Taiwan, N Nineties 1990s, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. CY: C China, Y Yako Taiwan, the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. CY, COS, or COB serials are usually used on Crafted in China CIC Squiers.Each roughly reflected the hardware, woods, color variations, finishes, body contours, and tonal characteristics of their respective era, although Squier state that the series was not created to be completely era correct, but rather impart the vibe aura of a classic Fender design. Some Chinese-made Gretsch guitars also have a CY serial number.
Squier Company was a strings manufacturing company for violins, banjos, and guitars. S.-trained violin makers and is often referred to as the American Stradivarius. With a limited market for violins in Battle Creek, however, Squier astutely sought relationships with national music schools and famous violinists.
Squier guitars have been manufactured in Japan, Korea, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China and the United States. He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll Squier. Squier violin strings, banjo strings and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price. Squier Company in early 1965, shortly before Fender itself was acquired by CBS in May of the same year.
Vintage Modified guitar models include Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters and Mustangs. Some late 80 s and early 90 s examples held a serial number with the prefix M followed by 7 numerals, although there is much that is not known about these guitars and their exact date of manufacture as Squier were undergoing a transitional period at this time making precise dating difficult.
The bass lineup features Precision and Jazz basses including fretless versions of both, Jaguars and Telecasters, with five-string and short-scale models featured in the range. The majority of Vintage Modified instruments are available only in right-handed configurations. They featured a high gloss maple neck with both rosewood and maple fretboard options and a slimmer 40mm body.
Fender was also losing sales in Japan to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes and the establishment of Fender Japan would benefit Fender sales in Japan, as well as overseas.