Dating gibson guitars by serial number
Now I recently had a '92 Squier..era..was Made in Korea that had some very similar characteristics..low end "covered" tuners, the generic bridge saddles, etc..
It also had a very similar headstock logo but mine had the "Squier" in large letters and the "Fender" in the smaller letters. Now please ignore the tuners here...someone put Sperzels on it (which I took off and kept before I sold the guitar this neck ended up on).
I am very curious as to whether your MIJ there is a solid wood or ply?
I could very certainly be wrong, but I would bet a shiny penny it's ply...
it is all stock except for the entire tremelo bridge assembly.
The original was rusted too badly to use, so was replaced by a GFS vintage bent steel saddle model.
-If- I had to make an semi-educated guess, I think that what good...again they're nearly, if not completely identical to the Fender labeled instruments from that era.
Before I go any further here, I have to say that the mid 80's MIJ Squiers seem to be completely different animals from later MIJ's.
The scratchplate is single layer and although you can't reallt tell by the pics, the knobs and pick-ups are yellowish/aged, which I read somewhere that they are actually supplied this way on some models [img][img] Yellow Peril/SFrontbody Strat Small.jpg[/img][/img]Well, I think I like it! And check out you're on a path that's beaten, it's not your path." Joseph Campbell "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." "All that is impossible remains to be achieved." Jules Verne look like any MIJ I have ever seen, looks more like a 90s MIM, but I can see Mad in Japan on the headstock and the T prefix... Its definitely not an 80s MIJ I can tell you that though Now you can see why I'm confused, but it plays really well and has that real strat tone.
I know it doesn't really matter about the history, but I'm intrigued.
Not that the MIK had a "bad" neck but the '85 MIJ is much, MUCH nicer...really a very high quality neck. Again you can see the lower end bridge on this one that is similar to yours.
Now here's a pic of the body on the MIK so you can compare it to yours (and yea... While I obviously can't tell from your pictures, I'd be willing to bet your MIJ only had the half sized zinc trem block (yes/no?