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 Post subject: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:15 am 
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Hello. It would want to know to the origin and year of this one Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Serial Number ICS10195256. Thank you very much


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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:27 pm 
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IC: I = Indonesia, C = Cor-Tek (Cort), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. IS: I = Indonesia, S = Samick, the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. For example "IC02" Made in 2002. In 2009-10 some Indonesian Squier's had the prefix ICS09XXXXX and ICS10XXXXX. There are a number of standard models that have the ICS prefix some are FSR but some are just normal run models. It therefore appears as though the the S in ICS is only an indication as to whether it is a Factory Special Run or FSR guitar (manufactured by Cor-Tek in Indonesia). It also appears likely that any FSR guitar beginning with ICS will be a Squier 'Standard' as opposed to any of the other models i.e. CV, Deluxe etc.

In your case though it is a Vintage Modified model. I'd say it is a Cort made one. I've also seen some serials starting "I" that were made in India. But ICS is usually Indonesia. The "10" means 2010 model year.

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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:54 am 
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Thank you brotherdave. ^^


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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:58 am 
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Good info brotherdave....as usual.

So if I understand correctly, the Squire VM 5 I just ordered has the serial number ICS12XXXXXX. That would mean that it was probably manufactured in Indonesia - Cort - FSR - made in 2012. Did I miss anything?

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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
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I don't think you missed anything Gary.

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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
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Thanks Dave! :) I have a couple of Fender Squire basses that I'm curious about. I'll go look them up ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:56 pm 
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brotherdave wrote:
IC: I = Indonesia, C = Cor-Tek (Cort), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. IS: I = Indonesia, S = Samick, the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. For example "IC02" Made in 2002. In 2009-10 some Indonesian Squier's had the prefix ICS09XXXXX and ICS10XXXXX. There are a number of standard models that have the ICS prefix some are FSR but some are just normal run models. It therefore appears as though the the S in ICS is only an indication as to whether it is a Factory Special Run or FSR guitar (manufactured by Cor-Tek in Indonesia). It also appears likely that any FSR guitar beginning with ICS will be a Squier 'Standard' as opposed to any of the other models i.e. CV, Deluxe etc.

In your case though it is a Vintage Modified model. I'd say it is a Cort made one. I've also seen some serials starting "I" that were made in India. But ICS is usually Indonesia. The "10" means 2010 model year.

Hope that helps.


Follow-up question: I understand it's supposed to be ICxx + 6 digits, but what does it mean if it's ICxx + 7 digits?

It looks like it could be IC + YYMMDD + xxx (or possibly IC + YYDDMM + xxx)?


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 Post subject: Re: Squier Bass Serial Number Check
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:38 pm 
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I honestly don't know about the extra digit other than to set apart instruments for FMIC distribution from those going to international distributors. The reason they need to do this is because FMIC and the international Fender/Squier distributors have different warranties and totally separate support systems including service centers. FMIC ships the instrument to the international distributor and they are done with it.

Whenever there is a serial irregularity on a FMIC instrument quite often that is the reason why. This is a practice that actually goes back to Fender's early days. The oddball serial locks the international instruments out of FMIC North American support. All the online serial guides, dater software sites etc base all their data exclusively on the FMIC distributed serials.

Therefore it is entirely possible to have a genuine Fender '76 Jazz Bass with a serial that doesn't fit any published format on any website and in cases like that it is because it was shipped from the factory to an international distributor. They are genuine, but the serial won't "compute" or match exactly with any online data.

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