California Series

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by BoogerRooger, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. BoogerRooger

    BoogerRooger Squier Talker

    Dec 12, 2009
    Kew Gardens
    Does anyone know anything about the Squier California Series?

    I was living in Thailand and the only Squier guitars I saw were a couple of 'California Series' Strats and a Tele. I didn't know much about Squiers at the time and didn't look at them very closely.

    I've since looked on the Squier website and googled but I can't find anything about them. Anyone shed any light?
  2. BillStickers

    BillStickers Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2009
    Central London, England

    if you imagine the Squier Standards as the Fender American Deluxes [as they both have the fulcrum tremolo] then the Squier California Series is the regular Fender American [as they share the attribute of a synchronized tremolo]. They're probably not listed on the squier website because they're a bit of a niche product seeming as they are, in the end, the same as the affinity series or bullet series. Only the build quality is less of a gamble. It's just a regular Squier where you pay more for the insurance that it'll play well.
  3. jrich99

    jrich99 Squier-Meister

    Dec 17, 2009

    I'd say that sounds about right. As far as the whole insurance idea, I think that's pretty accurate. My Bullet Strat plays about as nice as my Standard, but the hardware was junk and it needed more setup.
  4. wobble

    wobble Squier Talker

    Dec 20, 2009
    Auckland, NZ
    i was lucky enough toget my Cali series from a professional muso who had brought it for his daughter so it was perfectly set up when i got it. It is a awesome instrument.
  5. korean_squires89

    korean_squires89 Squier Talker

    Aug 26, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Here is all of the information we have on that guitar;

    Model Name: California Stratocaster®
    Model Number: 010-1400-(Color#) and 010-1402-(Color#)
    Series: California Series
    Body: Alder (Made in US, Painted in Mexico, Assembled in US)
    Neck: Maple (Made in US, Painted in Mexico)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood pn# 010-1400-(Color#), and Maple pn# 010-1402-(Color#), (9.5" Radius/241 mm)
    No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
    Bridge: U.S. Vintage Tremolo and Hardware
    Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White
    Pickups: Tex-Mex Trio (Calibrated, Overwound, Single Coils)
    Pickup Switching: 5 Position Selector Switch
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Mid)
    U.S. Made Electronic Components
    Colors: (306) Black,
    (309) Candy Apple Red,
    (332) Brown Sunburst,..Add $50.00,
    (340) Fiesta Red,
    (341) Vintage White,
    (Polyester Finish)
    Strings: Fender Super 250L's (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel pn#073-0250-003
    Unique Features: Tinted Satin Finish Neck
    Transition Fender Decal
    Truss Rod Adjusts at Headstock
    Source: U.S./Mexico
    Accessories: Deluxe Fender Gig Bag
    U.S. MSRP: $799.99
    NOTICE: Prices and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice
    INTRODUCED: 1997
    DISCONTINUED: 1/1999
    WRENCH SIZES: Truss Rod Wrench #038467 (3/16" Hex)
    Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench #018531(.050" Hex 1.5mm)

    Best Regards,

    Jeff Krause

    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
    Consumer Relations Department
    8860 E. Chaparral Rd. Suite 100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250
  6. BulletMustang

    BulletMustang Squier-Meister

    Dec 12, 2010
    San Diego CA
    OMG! Thats nice to get the facts, thanks. Its like...
    On this day the Lord looked down upon his children and saw that they were bewildered and confused.
    So he sent forth a prophet to carry the words of enlightenmentt and truth to his flock.
    That they might go forth and carry the holy message of the rock and of the roll to the people. The Children spread thier new found wisdom, that all might live in peace, tone and harmony!
    LOL :) Thanks!!!
    Nice gits hard to find seems like they are all in asia or south america.
    Edit: Oh yeh stratphobic I see 4 other threads on these, still intersting though, nice attitude. :p

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  7. stratphobic

    stratphobic Squier-holic

    Jan 15, 2011
    Van Buren, Arkansas
    nice job of bringing up another dead thread
  8. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

    Dec 14, 2009
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Sounds like a great strat, nice features. Fiesta too, winner~!
  9. bluesguy62

    bluesguy62 Squier Talker

    Jan 9, 2012
    Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
    BoogerRooger, here in Kuantan (Malaysia) there are both large (1970s) and small headstock 'Squire California Series' Strats for sale. I got mine (small headstock) for RM600+, while the ones with the '70s headstock go for RM900+. One thing is for sure, they are all produced by Super Music Co. Ltd., a Shanghai-based manufacturer. Yes, you won't find these advertized on the Fender/Squire website. I guess they might be replicas or the remnants of some long-forgotten business franchise.