Ukulele serial number dating
During the 1980s Fender was making some very nice guitars under the Squire name. It truly rivals the MIJ Fender guitars of that time.Does anybody know if this model was a re-issue of a particular vintage Fender Strat year??For the sake of comparison, here's a pic of my '85 E series Squier's headstock...As with Paisley's, you can see this came with higher quality tuning keys, it has the black outlined, gold logo, etc..According to Wikipedia (all hail the Almighty Wiki! ), the Squier MIJ's were made at the Fuji Gen plant until '97 and the serial numbers follow the Fender MIJ dating.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.
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?It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.According to the info here on Fender.com, the T series serial number indicates that it is probably a '94 - '95 and to my eyes, the instrument does look consistent with that era.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).
Whether this is simply due to the wood used or how the respective instruments were taken care of, I can't really say specifically but the '92 MIK was clearly an inexpensive entry level guitar where as my '85 MIJ is a very serious instrument.