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17 Dec

This article, along with its companion piece on the '80s Korean models, sets out to provide an impartial and realistic look at the sometimes great, and sometimes not so great, 1980s Squier Strat.I’m not going to be including late ‘80s Korean Squiers in this piece.Modern Fender production guitars, 1976 to the present, have their ID numbers on the front or back of the headstock near the Fender decal.From 1954 to 1976 Fender stamped its guitar's serial number on either the top or bottom of the neck plate.Navigator guitars have the exact dimensionsof Fender and Gibson’s, but have amazing details that Fender and Gibson don’t even put on their own guitars.For example, Navigator Stratocasters have individual fret binding that comes up to meet the ends of each fret! They are made with the same gauge fret wire as Fenders and Gibsons and have identical proportions.Year Serial Number Sequence (SG-175, SX-125) (SG1000) (SG2000) (SG1000) (SG2000) (BB1200) (BB2000) (SG1000) (SG2000) (BB1200) (BB2000) (SG1000) (SG2000) (BB1200) (BB2000) 1980 (through July) (SG1000) (SG2000) 1980 (through December) (through July). The first two letters are the year; Q0 and I2, so 2002.

Fender moved production of some Fender-branded instruments from Korea to Indonesia in 2008.

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ESP (Electric Sound Products) has been making high-end guitars in Japan since the 1970’s.

Navigator guitars are the highest-end of all ESP guitars.

The Navigator series Fender and Gibson replicas are made at costs that exceed those even of Fender and Gibson’s own Custom Shops!