Squier is an off-brand to the Fender guitar manufacturer, as Epiphone is to Gibson.

It produces models, such as the Telecaster and the Stratocaster, derived from the Fender line of products, but at more budget prices.

In the 1980s, Squiers were manufactured mostly in Japan, with production moving to South Korea and Mexico in the 1990s, and more recently to Indonesia as well, as the Japanese, Mexican, and Korean factories have moved to making more instruments under the official Fender nameplate.

There have been a few Squier models that have been distinct enough from standard Fender models to be notable, such as the Super-Sonic, the Squier ’51 (a design that hybridizes elements of the Stratocaster, Telecaster, and 1951 Fender Precision Bass), and the Jagmaster (partially derived from the Fender Jazzmaster).

As of 2005, Fender seems to be positioning Squier as both a budget brand (with the Affinity and Standard series of guitars and basses) and an alternate moniker, with higher quality, more distinct, and more expensive models in the Squier lineup that have no parallels on the Fender side of the company-including some signature model guitars designed with celebrity endorsees.

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