Squier dating serial
The word on the net is that they denote the fact they were sold in a kit or bundle with a cheap practice amp, cable, picks and some other material geared toward young beginners. Why would a company use a different serial number because it is sold in a bundle?
This is a relatively common practice when non-conforming guitars are sold in bulk to a dealer/middle-man who refurbish them and sell them to the open market.It seemed to make sense, especially considering the guitar above (SI02095734) where the inspection date (9/02) was written by hand on the inspection sticker.It all made sense until I learned Fender started manufacturing Squier guitars in Indonesia in 1999 (thanks Martin!The Squier Mini is manufactured in at least two different plants, both in Indonesia.Fender and Squier serial numbers, for guitar made overseas, has in the last 20 years or longer consisted of two letters followed by eight (sometimes nine) numerals.Here I'll try and cast some light on the different Squier Mini Serial Numbers with a few examples. The fonts are an exact match in size and type with the IS00300077 above and has the same quality control sticker.
General serial number info at the bottom of the page. This guitar was made by Samick in Indonesia and is a typical representative of the most common Mini in terms of appointments and color. One difference is the inspector is filled in with a name and a date (9/02).
I have been looking at many Mini Strat listings by now, and I can not remember ever seeing a black Mini that did not have an "IC" serial number.
Red I have seen all three, but "SI" seems to be dominant.
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At the same time Squiers made in the same factory started getting serial numbers with "ICS" - where "S" stands for Squier to follow the same pattern.