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- Feb 11, 2020
Yako is a company HQ'd in Taiwan (ROC) with manufacturing facilities there also. But their work for Squier is done on the mainland.
When Fender/Squier first subcontracted back 1994 to start manufacturing in China, the PRC was still just opening up. They needed a company with an understanding of western ideals and guitar experience. Yako was already building guitars for other companies, so it was a good fit.
Cool, thanks for the clarification on Yako! That makes sense and will now pay closer attention on WHO in PRC is making my "Chinese" guitars!
I noticed right away that my two Yako Contemporary Telecaster HHs had very excellent build quality with good fit/finish overall. The first was my black metallic 2017 I bought used. Loved it so much as a HH, that I almost immediately had to get another one to keep as a HH. I had plans to mod the guitar into a SSS before I even HAD it, LOL! The red metallic 2020 was purchased "new" in Q1 2021. I think it was the store floor model but considering the store was closed for most of 2020, it had "low miles" on it. I got lucky there. Altho I DID sanitized it ...just in case. LOL 😆😂😅
FYI, full disclosure, the 2020 DID have an odd flaw: the pots and associated stuff soldered to it was single coil spec'd 250k pots and had different r/c soldered on than what was installed on my 2017. Swapping the loaded control plate for my 2017 plate made the 2020 sounded VERY close to the unmodded 2017. Sticking in the 2017 pups into the 2020 made it sound almost identical to the unmodded 2017. That suggests to me that the pups are basically identical with the differences probably due to the stacked minute differences in the wood, pups and the rest of the electronic components.
I'm assuming that in 2020, skilled labor shortage due to COVID had caused the error in the abnormally low serial numbered guitar. The 2020's serial ID# is in the low 9 thousand range vs the 2017 being in the 1.2 millions. Y'know, I bet not many guitars were made in China in 2020.
All I know is that Yako built NC's have gotten insanely expensive.
I know I will be keeping MY Yako Contemporary Telecaster HHs! However, I'm not going to hold my breath on it's future resale values. Instead I'll be just enjoying my "preciousesss." ✌️😁👍
Ditto my '84 Yammy SC-300T!