Dating korean fender guitars
The style used on the '87 MIKs (bottom) was devoid of this lip.I've seen another design of pickup on the '80s MIK Strats, which has its magnet above, rather than beneath the bottom plate.I’m still open minded, but I’ve never yet seen an ‘80s MIK Squier with the '80s MIJ truss rod arrangement.Incidentally, some of the '80s MIJ Contemporary Strats did have the truss adjustment on the headstock like the MIK Squiers, but the Contemporary necks were distinctive in that they had 22 (as opposed to 21) frets and smaller fingerboard dots.MIJ Squier ceramics had a traditional bobbin shape with the regular wire attachment.The bar magnets on the MIK pickups were typically stuck in place very haphazardly, so as to indicate extremely poor attention to build standards.
If Fuji Gen still had a use for their Strat parts, it's difficult to see why they'd send them to a well established Korean factory which was quite capable of manufacturing its own.
So I want to look in this article at the Korean Squier Stratocaster of the late 1980s, and compare it with its immediate predecessor – a very similar looking incarnation of the world’s most famous guitar, made in Japan.
Lake Placid Blue was one of just four colours in which the original Korean Squier Strats were available.
However, it still lacks the 'lip' which characterises the MIJ Squier pickups. The ‘87 Korean Squiers had a completely different neck from the ’87 Japanese Squiers.
MIJs had the truss rod mounted with adjustment at the body end of the neck.