Therefore, all 1977 and later Telecasters (and Stratocasters???
USA Squiers were made for less than a year spanning 19 before production of Squiers went back to Mexico.
This was a period when Made in Japan Squiers had stopped and then they moved Squiers to Mexico, but there was a fire in the Mexican factory which disrupted things for a few months in which Fender USA made the Squiers.
Classic Vibe Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia.
Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound, and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender-branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players.
Of course pine is not a foreign wood to guitar making or to Fender history for that matter.
Early single and dual pickup Esquire guitars were made with pine bodies.
The neck serial number states S853090 = 1977/1978 as stated in reference books. The neck bolt pocket area has a white Fender Telecaster label stating the same serial number = S853090.
I have a question regarding my Telecaster dating and I am confused.
How to date and identify your Fender instruments using serial numbers and production date stamps.
No one likes it when you forget their birthday and neither does your Fender. For most of Fender’s production history they have applied serial numbers and production dates that can help you determine their production date (within a few years’ margin, at least).
origine et datation des guitares SQUIER par le N° de série Japanese Squiers For Japanese Squier serial number dating, see Fender's serial number dating service.