Dating japanese fender jazz bass
Over time, the Squier series slowly evolved to include original model designs and production has moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia.
The first Fender Japan models introduced in May 1982 were the 19 series, which were Fender Stratocaster models ST'57-115, ST'57-85, ST'57-65, ST'62-115, ST'62-85, ST'62-65 and the Precision Bass models PB'57-95, PB'57-70, PB'62-98, PB'62-75.
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.
Fender began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors and reached an agreement with Yamano Gakki and Kanda Shokai to establish Fender Japan.
By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.
Seem to have more of an angle to them - close but not exact, this change may have accurred as early as 1982 in the US.
The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.
These models were Fender models and not Squier models.
The stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed and were made for the Japanese market only and not for export.
The other indicator on Fender copies is the Tokai logo on the headstock.
At some point in time the 'T' was changed from a backwards 'F' look to a normal looking 'T'.To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era's new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963. By the mid-1970s, the Squier name was retired as the strings had taken the Fender name.