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Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead.
The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.
Jerome Bonaparte Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Victor Squier started making his own hand-wound violin strings, and the business grew so quickly that he and his employees improvised a dramatic production increase by converting a treadle sewing machine into a string winder capable of producing 1,000 uniformly high-quality strings per day.
He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll Squier. Squier violin strings, banjo strings and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price. Squier Company in early 1965, shortly before Fender itself was acquired by CBS in May of the same year.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on its main Stratocaster and Telecaster models and had always used different model designs for its lower priced guitars.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
The hardware is attractively finished in chrome and the tuning machines bear the vintage Fender "F" stamp. Knurled flat-top control knobs finish the vintage appointments on this killer instrument. - Semi-hollow design with F-hole - Two Fender Wide Range humbuckers - 6-saddle vintage-style strings-through-body hardtail bridge - Chrome-plated hardware - Vintage Fender "F" stamp on tuning heads - Knurled flat-top control knobs Model Name: '72 Telecaster Thinline Model Number: 013-7402-(Color)Series: Classic Series Colors:(300) 3-Color Sunburst,(321) Natural, (Polyester Finish)Body: Semi-Hollow Ash Body Neck: 1-Piece Maple, 'U' Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25 in. of Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets Pickups: 2 Fender Wide Range Humbucking Pickups, (Neck/Bridge)Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone Pickup Switching:3-Position Blade: Position 1. The '72 Telecaster Thinline features a warmer and rounder semi-hollow Ash body, a U-shaped Maple neck, bullet truss rod, '70s vintage hardtail strings-through Strat bridge, 3-bolt neckplate and 2 Wide Range humbucking pickups. I was skeptical at first, and wasn't sure who could be approved through their plans, but found out that nearly everyone is! I fell in love with this guitar the moment my eyes crossed it at another store. Not only does it come in the box from fender, but they put THAT box, inside of ANOTHER box for extra safety.
It comes with the gig bag, which is okay, AND with a bag containing the manual, warranty info, AND allen wrenches.
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Fender was also losing sales in Japan to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes and the establishment of Fender Japan would benefit Fender sales in Japan, as well as overseas.