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mirrorboy

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Oct 16th, 2016 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a link to a mine of information on the early Japanese Strats.

The truth about 80s Squier Strats

reverendrob
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Oct 16th, 2016 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not a whole lot of info honestly, but there's not much out there on these past speculation and hazy memory and 30 years of tinkering with used models.

Also that era of Fender and Squier's export stuff is VERY region specific - what appeared in the UK and Europe is *not* what appeared here, etc.

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Oct 23rd, 2016 04:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still interesting though to hear from someone who had a couple back then. I only played an early E series Precision back in 85, the bass player in my band had one. That was very nice.

I like what the writer said about judging on merit not hype, although current prices are very much based on hype.

There is more information on model details and identification at 21frets.com.

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Oct 24th, 2016 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We for whatever reason locally out here ended up with a ton of A series Squier stuff.

I bought it when it was still cheap, sold when it wasn't.

They were serviceable instruments, nothing wrong with them, I just liked my MIM ones better.

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Oct 26th, 2016 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a late '82-early '83 Squier SQ Precision bass.

The neck contour is like a '62 Precision; the body is sen ash with sunburst finish and contoured like a pre-CBS product. Electronics are cost-cutting quality with small pots and cheaper import pickup. Surprisingly the pickup sounds quite good and the pots work fine. And the bass is lighter than the old or new Fenders I've played over the years. It's set up with LaBella Jamerson flats that are about 15 years old and has a great old-school sound. It even can get a bit of top end if I want it despite the well-aged strings. Only downside is the major buckle rash. I suspect the owner played in a C&W band.

I swapped a MIM Fender Jazz bass for it and don't regret it at all

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Nov 22nd, 2016 02:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned an '84 SQ series strat for 25 years. It's the large headstock with bullet and three bolt neck model. For a long time I didn't play it much, Japanese pickups and zinc trem block didn't make for the best sound, and it had uneven frets. I always thought it was a cheap copy. When I got into doing work on guitars myself and was able to give it a fret skim, CS54 pickups and a steel trem block it finally came to life.

Things I appreciate about it: basswood body means it weighs in at 7 1/2lbs; maple neck has rolled edges (stock) and plays beautifully; body contour is 'original' (depending on who you speak to) with a forearm contour which reaches past the strap button and a deep belly cut; thin poly paint job shows some age unlike later thicker ones. Bridge width is US standard 2 7/32" which makes upgrades easier. Pots are big and work well, switch is good quality.

On the whole, not brilliant in stock form but a good platform to upgrade. I'd like taller frets one day but apart from that, I'd put it up against the best strats I've played, as it is now with its upgrades.

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Nov 22nd, 2016 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a bass but I'm gonna jump in on this one.

I bought my 85' Squier Jazz Bass in early 86' used. Barely used. Deep body contours and a neck that is butter. I changed the pickups in the late 90's with fender USA pickups but it's stock otherwise. Full sized pots too.

It's got a nice mix of 60's features such as the thick bridge ground wire and the pick guard is drilled for the PU cover.

Just an awesome bass even all these years later. Some pics in my profile.

(This message was last edited by Patton at 03:56 PM, Nov 22nd, 2016)

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