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mad mike


Jun 16th, 2008 10:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

since we're on the subject, i may have access to a squier stratocaster with the serial #E917***

its not for sale yet, but i think it will be shortly...

can you give me an approximate fair amount to offer for it?

the fellow is getting the itch for another toy...

its in good shape, by the way... all original...

edit here - i forgot to say that it has made in korea on it.

(This message was last edited by mad mike at 07:11 AM, Jun 17th, 2008)

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Lean wit it! Rock wit it!
Oct 17th, 2008 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

just wanted to bump a very informative thread



One, two, three, faw!
Mar 10th, 2010 02:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quoting WireDog:

> The CIC SE-100 line sometimes surfaces around
> here. The examples we've discussed here
> started with CAE.
> They are sold as a Strat-pac with a little
> Squier 10W amp. They are black with a three
> ply WBW Pickguard, 21 frets, small headstock,
> 6 point trem, and non-staggered ceramic pups.
> Many, including mine, have really nice frets
> and necks.
> I've A/Bd mine with an Affinitie, and they
> are very different. The CAE's rosewood slab
> is thinner; the saddles are different, the
> frets were carefully rounded at the ends, to
> name a few.
> There is an EXCEPTION that I saw last year in
> a shop in Regensburg, Germany. It was a CAE
> prefix, Three Tone Sunburst, 22 frets, and 2
> Point trem. The frets weren't real nice.

Although this is an old thread, I think it's got a lot of useful information.

I bought a CAE guitar made in China, back in late 2005. The serial number begins with CAE-005, so I suppose it was made that same year. I mention it because my guitar wasn't black, but sunburst (I'd say two-tone, but I'm not very sure about that). It's got 22 frets, and it didn't come in a pack.

Tony Salieri

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Vikings 34, cowgirls 3.
Mar 12th, 2010 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

What about a Squier with no serial number & no country of origin? Would I need to pull the neck? The pawn shop owner might not be too thrilled.


London, UK

Mar 19th, 2010 03:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on what you have in your hands. SQ series teles and strats didn't have either'made in japan' or the serial on the headstock. Strats had the serial and 'Fender Japan' on the neck plate, teles had just the serial number there, though both had machine heads stamped 'Fender Japan'. If there's no sign of a serial on the neck plate it's possible it has been replaced.

Have you checked the heel of the guitar? ProTones had the country of origin and serial there, as do some of the newer Squiers. It's possible that they were deliberately removed so look for any signs that they might have been there. It's not unknown for people to unload dubious gear on pawn shops!

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Thousand Meter Stare

...No Barn is Safe
Mar 20th, 2010 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

my SE-100 SquierStrat has the serial number on a sticker behind the headstock. I could peel it off with ease...

Sometimes a thorough description of the guitar helps ID them. The shape of the headstock, are the pups flush or staggered, how many ply is the pick-guard, are mini pots beneath the guard, is the body thin, is the trem bar extra thick...these are clues we could use.

Tony Salieri

Buyyou Sitee Teksus

Vikings 34, cowgirls 3.
Mar 23rd, 2010 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Musky & WireDog, thanks for the replies. Since the guitar is in a pawn shop, what I can pull & check is limited. Here's what I can recall...

It's marked as a Squier Stratocaster, with by Fender underneath:

Squier Stratocaster
by Fender

It doesn't say Bullet, Affinity, Standard, etc....There are no markings on the neckplate...
The headstock looks like a normal Strat HS, not a large HS...The tuners are stamped Squier.... The neck is more of a flat D shape (feels great!), with a thick (by what I'm used to seeing on Squiers) rosewood fretboard...The frets are substantial, feels like more than medium jumbo, but not jumbo...The bridge isn't marked...No serial number...The body is fairly light and the cavities are painted black, same as the guitar (I can't make out the wood, & the shop owner isn't receptive to any sanding)...No trem arm...The trem block, saddles, etc. seem pretty generic (nothing special).

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Thousand Meter Stare

...No Barn is Safe
Mar 23rd, 2010 10:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, here's the latest iteration of the SE-100 "SquierStrat". I've been following this model since I purchased upon one used in 2003 and found that it had a really nice neck. They change every so often. Distinctve things in the attached link that have remained the same as mine are the trem, the guard, the headstock shape, the flush pups, 21 frets.

Up until a couple of years ago the SE-100s often had a CAE xxx prefix, but that has apparently changed. Printing on the neck-plate is new as well. I think the Chinese shop or shops that make them are free marketeers and adjust rapidly to market demands. That said, the items that are NOT changing could be a useful clue.

I suspect that Squier has different lines for different countries. While my CAE prefix had a super neck, the CAE I saw in Germany nearly sliced by hand to bits on the rough fret ends and had other different features.

Sometimes IDing Squiers is like trying to catch fish with your hands. Good Luck and have fun!

Current SE-100 SquierStrat



mid-30s Acid Project
Mar 28th, 2010 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, take a pic of the headstock. We can get you pretty close by just seeing the logo. Cell phone pic is fine.

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The mafia stole my guitar...
Mar 28th, 2010 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

IIRC, the SE-100 (older ones) had a full size body, small headstock, and even the Fender rear trem cover fit perfectly without drilling any holes. Mine had the peel-off CAE serial number sticker on the back of the headstock.



Apr 7th, 2010 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Everyone, this is a great thread. Apart from it only hints at my guitar, so I thought I would ask for clarification. It's a MIK Squier Bullet 1, with 'Made in Korea' on the headstock, serial number E902061. 3 single coils and only one tone control. There is no serial stamped on the neckplate. The body is solid afaik. It's a strat style 7/8ths body with gloss neck, rosewood fretboard and skunk stripe. Standard black body with white scratchplate.

I thought this might mean it's a MIK 1989. How does this rate as far as quality is concerned?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim (England)



mid-30s Acid Project
Apr 8th, 2010 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm pretty sure, I owned the same Bullet model as you at one point. In my opinion it is a great guitar and one of the better Bullets that has been produced.

If it is the same one, then you should have a 2 point tremolo system and not a six point tremolo. I actually sanded the body of mine down for a refinish project. The body is solid basswood and not ply. Also, the neck is a beautiful, glossy neck but the heel and the neck pocket are Tele shaped and not Strat shaped.

On an MIK quality level, it's pretty good. The trem block is the cheap, thin kind and the body is oddly shaped with the jack plug as a direct plug in in the pickguard. The jack plug is simply a cosmetic thing and not a minus in my opinion.

As for the E9 serial number, those were very common serial numbers at the start of production in Korea. The two theories are that E9 represented 1989 to 1991 which in fact seems to be around the time that these guitars were manufactured.

The second theory is that the 9 represented 1990s and then the digit after the 9 represented the actual year, which in your case would actually be 1990.

I definitely enjoyed mine and thought the tone produced out of the no name pickups was very nice. I hope this helps.



Sep 24th, 2010 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

so what would this serial number track to:


Squier Strat by Fender



Feb 27th, 2011 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up a used, hardtail Squier Bullet the other day. Serial # SI040805824. Note: It's "SI", not "IS" like the guide on the first page here says. Unless the "I" is really a "1"...it could be either as it's just a straight line.

Back of headstock says "Crafted in Indonesia". Would I be correct in assuming this was made in '04 by Samick and is a plywood body? It's a dark blue body with a three ply white pickguard.



Nov 7th, 2012 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

can anyone tell me what this serial # is CAE-004-1225413



Dec 2nd, 2012 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

i have a squier strat e691829.says made in japan.can you verify period.this is not a rip off guitar i have owned it for 10 years.

cheers keith



Feb 11th, 2017 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a strat that I bought at my local SALVATION ARMY STORE .. Beautiful sound ,good frets the neck has a beautiful color with a brown stripe where the rod is ..The NUT seems to be a good material( not plastic as I've seen many bullets for example.the pegs on HEADSTOCK have the SQUIER NAME ON THEM,(stays in tune well)but unfortunately it has no "made in etc.etc.) or serial number.would taking the pickguard provide any information? On year or COUNTRY? ANY SUGGESTIONS?



Mar 3rd, 2017 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I have a strat that I bought at my local SALVATION ARMY STORE .. Beautiful sound ,good frets the neck has a beautiful color with a brown stripe where the rod is ..The NUT seems to be a good material( not plastic as I've seen many bullets for example.the pegs on HEADSTOCK have the SQUIER NAME ON THEM,(stays in tune well)but unfortunately it has no "made in etc.etc.) or serial number.would taking the pickguard provide any information? On year or COUNTRY? ANY SUGGESTIONS?"

There are so many, it would be hard to tell without something more. With that kind of limited info, maybe a Squier SE that came in the starter backs.



Thank God for guitars!
Jul 14th, 2017 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

The recent Squier Strat I have purchased is a CXS serial number. Supposedly these are made in China and sold new only in the Far East. Body thickness is supposedly one of the good features of the guitar for upgrading. Thickness is just over 1.75".

(This message was last edited by rockstar_not at 09:17 PM, Jul 16th, 2017)

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