Squier Serial Number Lookup - Authority Guitar (2022)

Discovering your guitar’s history can be a very rewarding thing to do. Authority Guitar has collated a mountain of data to give you the history by using your squier serial number.

Your guitar’s journey from the factory into your hands may be a mystery, but it’s always a good way to dig into the earlier life of your instrument.

It’s also essential to have the correct information if you’re considering buying or selling a guitar. Researching a guitar’s serial number can also stop you from being the victim of fraud.

It’s simple enough with our squier serial number Checker. Type your serial numbers into the decoder below and you’ll get all the information Squier Guitars has on the instrument.

If you end up with an error message, please scroll down and find your guitar’s credentials manually using our helpful number grids.

*We’ve tirelessly searched the internet for every record, the information gathered is the most accurate we could find. Some documentation crosses over and some has been lost over the years causing gaps in our data.

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Squier Serial Number Decoder

Authority Guitar Top Tip: If you find your serial number doesn’t yield any results, press ‘crtl & f’ and enter the first number of your serial code. This page will then be highlighted in all the results starting with the numbers/letters youve entered. Scroll down to our ‘Manual Checklist’ and you’ll almost certainly find a serial number very close to your own. Giving you a general idea of when your guitar was manufactured.

Squire Serial Number-Manual Checklist

Here is a summary of the serial number, model, and year. To gain the best results use our decoder.

*Authority Guitar Top Tip: Press ‘ctrl & F’ then add the beginning of your serial number/guitar model in the search bar to find your details quicker on our extensive list below.

To reveal an accurate date of the serial number below, add your details to our Squire decoder.

Although it’s extremely difficult to find individual models to suit the required dates, in most cases you’re still able to find a date and factory of origin.

Japan

1982-1984

FujiGen/JPN

JV serial number followed by 5 digits are from FujiGen ‘Made In Japan’. Use the decoder to search if available.

1983-1984

FujiGen/JPN

SQ serial number followed by 5 digits are from FujiGen ‘Made In Japan’. Use the decoder to search for if available.

1984-1987

FujiGen/JPN

Serial numbers starting A,B.C,E,F and G followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search.

1985-1987

Tokai/Dyna

Letters C and F with 6 digits following are instruments ‘Crafted In Japan

1988-1993

FujiGen/JPN

Letters H,I,J,K,L and M followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search.

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1993-1994

FujiGen/JPN

Letters N,O,P,Q, and S followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search.

The Letter N followed by 5 digits is also from the same destination

1994-1997

FujiGen/JPN

Letters T,U and V followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search.

1995-1996

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

Letter N followed by 5 digits would be from the factory stated above.

1997-1998

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

The first cross over appears here. The letter A with 6 digits after it can also be an instrument ‘Crafted In Japan’ from the following details above.

1997-2000

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

Letter O followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. ‘Crafted In Japan’

1998-1999

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

Letter B followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above between the years 98-99.

1999-2002

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

The letter P with 6 digits after it can also be an instrument ‘Crafted In Japan’ from the following details above. Check Decoder for instrument model.

2002-2008

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In JPN

The letter Q and S with 6 digits after it can also be an instrument ‘Crafted In Japan’ from the following details above. Check Decoder.

2004-2008

Tokai/Dyna/Crafted In Japan

Letters R and T followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search for model.

2006-2008

Tokai/Dyna/Made In JPN

Letters T and U followed by 6 digits would be from the factory stated above. Use the decoder to search for model. ‘Made In Japan’



USA

1985+

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Corona/Made In USA

Letters E and N followed by various numbers would be instruments from Corona, USA. Use the decoder to search for any further information available. ‘Made In USA’



Mexico

1991-1994

Ensenada

MN serial followed by various numbers would be guitars stated from the info above. Try our decoder for further information available.

2000+

Corona

MZ serial followed by various numbers would be instruments stated from the information above. Try our decoder for further information available.



China

CA Serials

Axl/ Made In China

CA and CAE serial followed by 13 digits are guitars stated from the info above. Try our decoder for further information available.

CXS serial followed by 10 digits are instruments stated from the Axl. ‘Crafted In China’

Grand Reward factory made in China

Serial Number

  • CGS
  • CGS
  • CGRA
  • CGRB
  • CGRG
  • CGTH
  • CGRI
  • CGRJ
  • CGRK
  • CGRL

Are all products from the Grand Reward Factory, Made In China

Serials COB and COS followed by 10 and 11 digits are guitars ‘Crafted By Cor-Tek China‘ = Indonesia c cor tek



Taiwan

NC serial number are unknown, but they seem to be in with guitars which originate from Taiwan?

YN serial followed by 7 digits are instruments stated from the Yako Plant, Taiwan. Try our decoder for further information available.

CY serial followed by 9 and 10 digits are instruments built from the Yako Plant, TW factory but possibly state ‘Crafted In China‘ on them.



Korea

1987-1989

E1 and E2 serials with 6 more digits are guitars from Samick Korea. Check Decoder for extra info.

1988-1996

6,7 and 8 Digit number with no letter can also be guitars ‘Made In Korea’ around the the 1988-96 period.

1989-1992

E0 and E1 serials with 6 more digits are instruments from Sung-Eum, KR. Check Decoder for extra info.

1989-1994

S9, S0, S1, S2 and S3 and 6 further digits and various serials from the Samick Factory KR Check Decoder for extra info.

1990-1997

The following serial number plus 5 digits are that of Cor Tek Cort instruments, ‘Made In Korea’ between 1990-97:

  • CN0
  • CN1
  • CN2
  • CN3
  • CN4
  • CN5
  • CN6

1990-1997

The following serial number plus 5 digits are that of Sunghan, ‘Made In Korea’ between 1990-97:

  • VN0
  • VN1
  • VN2
  • VN3
  • VN4
  • VN5
  • VN6

‘Early 1990’s’

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M serial followed by 7 digits are guitars ‘Made In Korea’

1992-1994

E0 and E1 serials with 6 more digits are instruments from Young Change, KR. Check Decoder for extra info.

1997-2014

Cor Tek Cort/’Made in Korea’

These KC serial number prefix should have 6 digits following :

  • KC97
  • KC98
  • KC99
  • KC00
  • KC01
  • KC02
  • KC03
  • KC04
  • KC05
  • KC06
  • KC07
  • KC08
  • KC09
  • KC10
  • KC11
  • KC12
  • KC13

KC97 would show 7 or 8 further digits, resulting in 11/12 in total.

Use the decoder to clarify a closer date of production.

KV with 8 following digits are guitars built from Saehan(Sunghan) ‘Made In Korea’.



Indonesia

2008-2010

Cor Tek Cort, ‘Crafted In Indonesia’

IC08+ 6 digit number
IC09+ 6 digits

2009-2010

Cor-Tek, Indonesian Squier’s

ICF09+6 digits

2009-2012

Cor-Tek, ‘Crafted In Indonesia’. Check Decoder to gain a more specific date.

  • IC10+6 digits
  • ICF10+6 digits
  • ICF11+6 digits

Samick-‘Crafted In Indonesia’.

  • ISS+6 digits
  • IS+7 digits
  • SI+8 digit number


India

2007-2012

‘Made In India’

Serial number prefix:

  • CS07+6 digits
  • NHS10+6 digits
  • NHS11+5 digits

Check Decoder for specific dates.

2007-2009

All the following serial number prefix followed by 6 digits were produced in India from the years 2007-09:

  • SH07
  • SH08
  • ZSSH07
  • ZSSH08

2008-2009

‘Crafted In India’

SH07+6 digit number
SH08+6 digits

2009-2010

‘Crafted In India’

All the following serial digit number followed by 6 digits were produced in India from the years 2009-10:

  • NSHA09
  • NSHD09
  • NSHE09
  • NSHF09
  • NHSG09
  • NSHH09
  • NSHI09
  • NSHJ08
  • NSHJ09
  • NSHK09

*Remember to always check the decoder, as we’re updating our database as soon as we’re aware of new information.

FAQs

How can I tell what Squier I have? ›

The serial number is on a sticker on the back of the neck, close to the attachment point with the body. Some more recent Squiers, including the Vintage Modified series (the serial numbers start here with SH), were in Introduced in 2007.

Can I look up my guitar by serial number? ›

You can look up a serial number either in Gruhn's Guide or run the number in the manufacturer's database. The serial number itself will give you date information and the database will have a description of the guitar so you can check the specs of the guitar in question.

How old are Squier guitars? ›

To put it simply, Squier offer budget versions of Fender guitars. Squier was acquired by Fender in 1965 and started producing cheaper Strats, Teles and more in the 80s. Ever since then, beginners have been able to get these legendary guitars, without having to spend big money on a Fender.

What's the difference between Squire and Squire Affinity? ›

Squier Affinity's HSS offers more control over the intonation, whereas the Squier Bullet doesn't offer that control. Squier Affinity's HSS uses higher quality pickups, whereas the Squier Bullet pickups are of lower quality and may need upgrading later on.

How can you tell the difference between Squier Affinity and standard? ›

Affinity Strats have 70's-style headstocks. They're noticeably larger compared to classic ones. It's a unique visual characteristic that can make them stand out. These days, the Affinity series has a total of 16 guitar and bass models.

Can I look up a product by serial number? ›

Visit the manufacturer's website and see if there is a way to do an S/N number check on the website and see what information is available. If you don't see that information online, give the company a call and see if someone on the tech support or customer service line can look up your product by serial number.

How do I check my serial number? ›

The serial number is usually printed on the label on the side or back of the product, after the SN or S/N or Serial Number.

How do I identify my guitar? ›

The most common place to find identification is on the headstock or on a label inside of the guitar, if applicable. If there is nothing on your guitar in question, chances are the original label or logo has fallen off.

When was my guitar made? ›

Look for a date marker on the neck.

There should be a date on the neck and a date on the body. If those two dates match up, that's probably the exact date your guitar was built.

How much does it cost to get a guitar appraised? ›

Expect to pay between $50 to $275 for an instrument appraisal (or more for extremely rare or expensive instruments). So if you think a guitar is only worth $300, that $250 appraisal might not be a great idea.

How do I know how much my guitar is worth? ›

Orion Blue Book Online (at UsedPrice.com): The Orion Blue Book Online will help you determine how much nearly anything that you own is worth, including guitars.

Why are squiers so cheap? ›

The number one reason which makes Squier much cheaper than Fender is the labor and manufacturing cost. By having Squiers manufactured in Indonesia or China where the currency rate is extremely low, they are able to produce guitars at much lower cost.

When were Squiers made in Japan? ›

Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, FujiGen Gakki was chosen instead. The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.

Are Chinese Squier Strats any good? ›

Although Indonesian and Chinese Squier guitars aren't from the top shelf, they are still worth it. Low price, cool look and great playability makes them one of the best entry-level guitars on the market right now. They are recommended especially for beginners, but even more advanced players usually love them.

What are the levels of Squire guitars? ›

There are 6 main series in the Squier guitar range: Bullet, Affinity, Contemporary, 50's Classic Vibe, 60's Classic Vibe and 70's Classic Vibe.

What does FSR stand for Squier? ›

FSR stands for 'Fender Special Run', a range that encompasses a number of unusual limited edition instruments that may eventually become collectable. Fender has dripped this unique line down into its Squier catalogue!

What pickups does Squier use? ›

They make a variety of single coil and humbucking pickups. Most of their guitars have alnico magnets, but Squier uses ceramic as well. Some models even have active pickups. This is a type that uses a 9-volt battery to power an active preamp.

What is the Squire Affinity Series? ›

A superb gateway into the time-honored Fender family, the Squier Affinity Series delivers legendary design and quintessential tone for today's aspiring guitar hero. This guitar and bass lineup features player-friendly refinements such as a thin, lightweight body and a slim, comfortable "C"-shaped neck profile.

Is a Les Paul easier to play than a Strat? ›

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A big part of a guitar's playability is due to string tension. The higher the string tension, the harder you need to work to press down and move the strings. A Les Paul has lower string tension when compared to a Strat with the same gauge strings. This makes a Les Paul easier to play.

What is a Squier Strat se? ›

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How do I look up a UPC code? ›

The thickness of the lines and the spaces are what make each UPC unique. Once you find the barcode, you'll find the UPC. The UPC is the set of 12 numbers under the barcode. The item at hand can be identified by a barcode scanner using the 12 numbers.

How can I check if a serial number is stolen? ›

Step 1. Contact your local police department. Tell them you're suspicious that someone may be selling stolen property. Provide the officer with the serial number so that he can check the stolen property database for a match.

How do I find a product by barcode? ›

So when you type smething on search bar ,a drop down list will appear. Select from the drop down list(product name,barcode) and hit enter. you have to use advanced search, choose EAN13 barcode. then you can put the barcode.

What is a fancy serial number? ›

Serial numbers that start with five or more zeros are fancy: meaning 00000001 - 00000999. The more leading zeros, the better.

How does a serial number look like? ›

Despite the name, a serial number often contains letters and numbers. How many characters make up a serial number differs greatly, depending on the manufacturer, product, and model. Most serial numbers have at least six or seven characters, and some serial numbers have twenty or more.

What is serial number example? ›

For example, the serial number 1234567 has seven digits, and begins with a one. For a lottery bond the serial number is an added incentive for the purchaser to buy the bond. On the right is a serial number string of up to four digits, with a separating horizontal line in the middle.

How old does a guitar have to be to be considered vintage? ›

In general terms, any instrument older than 30 years is considered vintage. However, the consensus among players is that the vintage status should be granted only to guitars built before 1980. The “antique” tag is reserved for instruments older than 100 years, which for now only applies to acoustic guitars.

Do guitars increase in value with age? ›

Certain guitars do increase in value with age, while others do not. Appraisers need to take different factors into account, including the material from which it was made, the country of origin, the amount of skilled handwork that it took to make it, and whether or not a famous person may have once owned it.

How do I know if my guitar is original? ›

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Do vintage guitars have serial numbers? ›

How old is my Vintage guitar? Locate the serial number on the rear of the headstock. Ignore the letters of the serial number if they have any. The first and second number indicates the year of manufacturer, ie 99 = 1999, 07 = 2007.

How can you tell a fake Stratocaster? ›

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What is my Stratocaster worth? ›

The classic American Professional Stratocaster costs around $1500 and around $1000-$1200 second-hand. Vintage Fender guitars in mint condition have been sold for over $1 million.

How much are guitars worth? ›

Most guitarists, in my experience, will buy somewhere in the $500 to $1,500 range. Beginners usually spend between $100 and $500. More serious guitarists who have a high budget can spend anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000.

How do you read BC Rich serial numbers? ›

All B.C. Rich models, both imported and USA handmades implement this same year time date stamp and guitar production number format:
  1. 121XXXXX first digit = year of manufacture.
  2. Second digit = means nothing until double-digit years get here again.
  3. Third digit = quarter of manufacture.
  4. Digits 4 thru 8 = production number.

What makes a vintage guitar valuable? ›

One reason as to why vintage gear, specifically guitars, are more expensive and sought-after, is because of the materials they are made out of. The instruments made from the early 50's until the 70's were made from expensive woods, such as the renowned Brazilian Rosewood.

Do guitars depreciate in value? ›

Most Fender guitars depreciate quickly after purchase, but the guitar becomes a rare, esteemed piece after decades, resulting in appreciation. However, the guitar's condition determines how much it appreciates in value. For example, a well-maintained vintage guitar is sure to appreciate well.

How do I know what kind of Fender Stratocaster I have? ›

Serial numbers tell you the year, month and factory. Other than a few exceptions to the system, they won't tell you the model. The easiest way is to post photos and the specification (as best you know it) here, and someone will probably recognise the model.

What is a Squier Strat se? ›

Squire SE Strat review - YouTube

Are Indonesian Squire Strats any good? ›

Absolutely! Although Indonesian and Chinese Squier guitars aren't from the top shelf, they are still worth it. Low price, cool look and great playability makes them one of the best entry-level guitars on the market right now.

Where are Squier Classic Vibe guitars made? ›

For sale is a new Fender Squier Telecaster Custom Black Classic Vibe, made in China, Fender humbucker and telecaster single coil pickups, amplifier knobs, black dot inlays, black pickguard, electronics are in good working order, condition is brand new-see pictures for more details!

How do you read a Stratocaster serial number? ›

At Stratocasters from the early fifties, the serial numbers were stamped on the back of the vibrato cover plate.
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DATING FENDER GUITARS BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS.
SERIAL NUMBERSPRODUCTION YEAR
S9 + 5 digits E0 + 5 digits1979
S9 + 5 digits E0 + 5 digits E1 + 5 digits1980
4 more rows

How can you tell a Mexican Stratocaster? ›

How to date your Mexican made Fender Stratocaster guitar mim

What is my Fender Stratocaster worth? ›

The classic American Professional Stratocaster costs around $1500 and around $1000-$1200 second-hand. Vintage Fender guitars in mint condition have been sold for over $1 million.

Where are Squier SE made? ›

In 1982, the Squier name was reactivated by Fender as its brand for lower priced versions of Fender guitars. Squier guitars have been manufactured in Japan, Korea, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China, and the United States.

Which Squire guitars are made in Indonesia? ›

Squier Affinity Strat, made in Indonesia. New strings, cleaned, polished, tuned and intonated. Squier Affinity Series guitars deliver solid sound with slick style.

Are Squire guitars made in China? ›

The first Chinese factory in which Fender started making the Squiers was that of Yako, located in Zhangzhou, in southeastern China, about 300 kilometers from Hong Kong, which has been operational since late 1994.

Is Squier guitars made by Fender? ›

Squier has been around since the late 19th century, though at first they were making violins and strings. They were acquired by Fender in the mid-60s and for a while they didn't do much.

Are Squier Classic Vibe guitars any good? ›

It is actually quite incredible how good this strat sounds for the money! We recommend the Squier classic vibe stratocaster if you are starting out and need a good vintage style electric. This will get you into that era at an excellent price and excellent sound quality. You won't be disappointed with this guitar!

Are Squire classic vibes good? ›

The Squier Classic Vibe guitars have proven to stand the test of time. They are great guitars for anyone wanting a quality instrument for live playing or learning to play. Being a gigging musician, I can tell you I have had zero issues using these guitars in a live situation over the years.

Are Squier Classic Vibe pickups any good? ›

Fender Squier Classic Vibe

The Squier Classic Vibe doesn't cost much, but it's got some cool features that make it absolutely worth the price. There are decent-sounding single-coil pickups, a whammy bar, slim profile, stylish looks as well as a bone nut at a good price!

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