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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / More info about -94 China NC Strat?



Jan 16th, 2009 01:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Found a 1994 2-Colour Sunburst China Squire Bullet Strat, It has 22 frets, a rosewood neck with the adjustment nut at the bottom of the neck instead of on the head. The head says Squire in big letters and has the arched "Bullet Series" logo on the ball of the head stock. The neckplate says s/n NC407**** and Made in China. 9 pickguard screws. It's just as thick and heavy as an Fender American strat, but I don't know what wood the body is made of (not laminated).

When I researched this model,there was very little info, only "NC: C = China, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. Probably made by Yako (Taiwan)."

I've played on many differnt guitars and this one is in fact a really nice piece of work, It's not a Fender but it's really nice. I'd tried a Bullet 2008 in the local guitar shop and I must say that the old -94 feels more "quality".

Does anyone knows more about this model, what wood the body is made of etc.?

(sorry for my English. I'm from Sweden)

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mid-30s Acid Project
Jan 16th, 2009 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Fender site always lists the NC's as Bullets. Yours is the first one that I have seen that actually said Bullet. I owned a 1996 NC Chinese Strat for a while and I had the same conclusion. Great guitar. Full sized body. Not laminate or ply. It had a nice, bright, tone and didn't really strike me as basswood either. My '96 NC struck me as a better quality guitar than my '08 Bullet as well. There really isn't a lot of info about these but all the posts I have seen have always been favorable. I think about a month ago, someone reported having a '97 NC. Welcome to the mystery NC Squier club.


United States, MI

I need to pick up crack..I'd save some $
Jan 17th, 2009 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I also own a NC7 Squier. I believe it is part of the first year of the Affinity line (Affinity on headstock). Unlike Affinities now, it has the full width body and a 22 fret neck. The only thing the new bullet has over it is that the bullet has better fretting QC.
Still, I got it unused a couple months ago (still had pickguard plastic!) for $20, w/ Squier padded bag, so nothing to complain about here.

(This message was last edited by Super_rice00 at 11:41 AM, Jan 17th, 2009)



Jan 21st, 2009 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Acidhouse, mine actually said "BULLET Series" (see picture).




mid-30s Acid Project
Jan 21st, 2009 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Below is what the original headstock on mine looked like. Where it would probably say Affinity on Superrice's it just said Fender. Just purely a guess is that the same company made all three of our guitars and we have examples where the NC Bullet became the Affinity Series. I strongly suspected the wood was alder on mine and the Affinity series boasted alder bodies. The NC's are definitely hidden gems and no one ever seems to pay much for them.

NC 96 Headstock


Texas, USA

Fender + Vox = Bliss
Jan 21st, 2009 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a similar one, but it was a VN series 1994 Korea.
It was a plywood body.

It's headstock

Barry T

USA/ Bear, DE

Jan 21st, 2009 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 97 NC made in China. It is an Affinity Series. The wood is alder and it is a gem. As soon as I can get some pics I'll get them up.

(This message was last edited by Barry T at 07:25 AM, Jan 23rd, 2009)



Jan 22nd, 2009 03:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

texasd5: Mine NC -94 is solid wood not plywood, and my neck is different from yours, It have the truss rod adjustment at the bottom of the neck, like Fender had in the -60's.



Jan 22nd, 2009 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I stumbled upon this thread while searching for information on my guitar. It is a Squire Strat by fender.

It has the same headstock as Acidhouse. I know that it is a 1996 both by the serial number and the gold fender 50 year anniversary sticker on the back of the headstock.

The serial is a NC6. The backplate is stamped made in china and the headstock also indicates made in china.

It has 22 frets and a rosewood fretboard. 3 single pickups and the standard fender trem.

I am most curious as to the pickups and the body wood type. I have no idea if it is solid wood or not but seems pretty solid. I bought this guitar new in 96 but obviously a lot of time has passed since then and I remember very little about it.

The guitar is immaculate with no marks and all original hardware. I would appreciate any info anyone has on it.



United States, MI

I need to pick up crack..I'd save some $
Jan 22nd, 2009 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

the body is solid wood, and should be alder. The pickups are generic ceramics. The best things about these are that they are full width bodies (I really don't like the skinnier bodies on the current affinity and bullet lines)

(This message was last edited by Super_rice00 at 03:10 PM, Jan 22nd, 2009)

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US--Downeast (NC)

Guitar playin' bassist
Jan 27th, 2009 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I replaced the basswood body on my MIJ '54 RI with a NC '97 Squier Affinity body. It appeared to be multipiece alder with a swimming pool rout.
It sounds pretty good.

The old seafoam green basswood mIJ body was combined with the NC's parts to create the one and only bassood bodied seafoam green '97 Affinity. ;>)


Canton, Ohio. USA

M2NeoTech Technologies
Apr 5th, 2009 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello All.. - I have a 97 Affinity Strat 'Made in China' (NC7 ######) - I have been modding and upgrading it the last 6 months. - What I noticed, once I got into modding it, was that the wood and construction (body, neck, fretboard, etc) was very well made. The only thing I could see that would be considered cheap were the pickups, hardware and electronics. All of it was junk. And even so, it still didnt have too bad of a sound to it. Once I began to gut mine, I saw just where they put the cheap in it! - Super small and crappy pots, thin and anemic wiring, low grade pickups, crappy switches.. THAT's where it all said 'CHEAP'. As far as the hardware goes, the tuners arent the best, the bridge is typical and does work well enough, but isnt high quality either. I must say though, that once I replaced all of the electronics, this guitar came to life big-time, and even shadows over my friends REAL Strats, in tone quality as well as range. I'll be doing some other mods to it, here in the next couple months. If you want to see what work I have done so far, just go the link.
I have the completed image posted there, as well as the schematics and layouts I designed along the way..

NC# Series Affinity Strat Information & Modification Post



Feb 25th, 2014 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

this is mine...NC*****...it was originally black.It's Alder and on the heavy side. I changed the pickups..It's a 95...

External link

(This message was last edited by nilesdouglas at 10:45 PM, Feb 25th, 2014)


LA , Calif

Lost on the blue ball
Mar 2nd, 2015 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a squire strat I got new from GC in the late 80's . It was made in Korea and had the plywood body and a rosewood board black with a white pick guard . It had those cheap stamped tuners.

It was the worst excuse for a guitar I ever owned.

I gave it away on a lawn sale to a young fellow who didn't have the money but I could see he wanted the guitar.



Mar 19th, 2015 12:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

So what's your point? It wasn't an NC. Squier made some crap guitars and they made some gems. The NCs were nice little guitars that can usually be picked up for about a hundred used.



Apr 3rd, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bought an NC Strat 96 And would appreciate any info as to WHERE and WHAT parts I should upgrade. I love the way it plays and sounds but lacks power. I refinished the frets and set the action and replaced the strings, it buzzed a little at first but once I gave it a good work out all is good. I just notice the volume is much lower than my 88 esp horizon deluxe with same amp and level controls, I'm guessing via Electronics. Should I replace the 5 way switch and volume tone pots along with the wires or Am I missing something?

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our time in hell
Apr 6th, 2017 12:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Before spending a dime, check the pickup height and raise if needed.

Also, depending on the pickups themselves, it may never match the likely higher output stuff on the ESP (buckers, I assume).



It Is What It Is!!!! fender jam
Jun 16th, 2017 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi I have a 94 Squier Bullet Series Strat that I picked up for 25.00 it's had a pick-up changed but it's in awsome shape and sounds great

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