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Old 04-14-2011, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default '92 Fender Stratocaster MIK Squier Series (CN series)

Hello all, and welcome to my first thread here.

I've always only ever played my first guitar: a 2001 Fender american SERIES (read: not standard) strat in a very rare hot rod red finish. This made me a snob. I would refuse anything "less."

For the last 4 or 5 years, I've had a buddy's "junky squier" in a case under my bed because he didn't play anymore. Not really sure how I came to be the caretaker.

Anyway, my wonderful bride-to-be has purchased me 2 guitars since we've been dating. One is a mexican '72 thinline tele, the other is a chinese gretsch pro jet. This REALLY opened my eyes to the craftsmanship and great deals that can be had on buying foreign guitars.

I pulled the squier out from under the bed to finally give it some attention. It is the guitar listed in the title.

What I love about it:

The weight and balance are PERFECT. I have no idea what kind of pickups are in it, but they are surprisingly well balanced and clear, I might not even upgrade them. The neck is warm and thick. Not exactly sure of the radius but it will do.

What I hate about it: thin frets. I hate tiny frets, and I don't know why. Plus, these are all worn out in the usual "cowboy chord" places. The nut just looks awful when de-stringed. The body is plywood, but I don't quite hate that. I'm not a snob anymore, it sounds fine and feels fine. I replaced the entire bridge/saddle assembly with a 70's guitar man kit that was given to me. The fretboard: it's flat! I HATE flat fretboards!

I was thinking I'd get the fretboard planed and levelled to match the round countour that a strat neck is supposed to have (at the same time I'm getting it refretted, that is).

Just my $0.02. I like the guitar! Fantastic deal on a potentially awesome guitar!

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Welcome aboard kb,, there alot we all like to do to our Squiers. Sorry your is a fret radius job...
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pics would be much appreciated cause i've never seen a korean fender squier series, only mexican.
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pics would be much appreciated cause i've never seen a korean fender squier series, only mexican.
They're the ones with the Fender silver big logo and the small Squier Series towards the Nose in black.
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Added some pics. The red one is my amurrican strat.
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pics would be much appreciated cause i've never seen a korean fender squier series, only mexican.
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Here's a closer-up
Both Cort (CN) and Saehan/Vester (VN) made Fender "Traditional" series (no decal on the ball) and "Squier Series" (decal on the ball) back then. The decals look very similar except the SN.
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Quick question for anyone who would know. My first post indicates that I believe it's plywood, but I'm not exactly sure. Is there a better way of knowing what kind of wood is in it?
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very nice, that already has a full size block in it.
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pics would be much appreciated cause i've never seen a korean fender squier series, only mexican.
http://www.squier-talk.com/forum/squ...guitars-2.html

there are some heastock examples korea made fender squier series guitars from 1990-1995ish in this thread.
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Anyone know what the body in these things are made of? Plywood?
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My VN2 is plywood. It's been stripped down to the bare wood. Just not sure what I'm gonna do with it.
The neck is going on a hardtail partscaster.
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I would throw "changing out those trapaziod tuners" on the list of things to do. You will be glad that you did. Other than that it looks like a nice piece. For not a ton of money you can make any squier into a really nice playing machine. Keep us posted on what you are gonna do with it. I love these stories of people who never thought that Squiers were worthy. Thats awesome.
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Pull off the trem cover. If the wood looks like it is a wafer then it is plywood. Based on the model and the time period, I would guess ply as it was very common during that time. Cort was notorious for grabbing any extra parts so sometimes you can get a real gem. Somewhere I have a picture of an old Squier HM3 that was sanded down and the upper horn was quilted maple with the middle and lower horn being basswood.
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If it's a CN with a black Squier logo it's plywood. I had one just like that. The later Korean Squiers were solid from late 95 onwards. CN5 / 6 gold logos were solid with a 44mm thick body and 9.25 rad board. Much nicer.
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Photo of the headstock shows its a CN2 -
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MIK Fender Squier Series strats were built with plywood... CN2, CN3 and VN3... They didnt do a VN2...
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There was one on our CL (CN2) two days ago - asking $70 but the guy really indicated he'd take less....I tried to snag it for the neck and trem/block.

Too late as usual...
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Bummer... 70 bucks is lower then ive ever seen one go for. I lucked out about a half year ago and got my arctic white VN3 version for 82 bucks... Havent seen any others go for under 100 bucks tho... 70 would be nice...
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Bummer... 70 bucks is lower then ive ever seen one go for. I lucked out about a half year ago and got my arctic white VN3 version for 82 bucks... Havent seen any others go for under 100 bucks tho... 70 would be nice...
I paid $100 for a CN2 Fender Squier Series not that long ago. That is about the going price for them these days. $70 is a good deal. I might pay as much as $125 for a really nice one. Any more than that and it is getting too close to what I can get an older MIM Fender Standard for...
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