To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.
(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.
Fender were 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.
I have a Squier with a "N" seial number that is on a sticker at the base of the neck above the neck plate. My research tells me that Squiers were made in the USA for less than 12 months.
Hi Jek, Start by checking the serial number, here is a basic guide for you, once having established the serial number, post it and we will tell you if its genuine.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
The lower priced Fender guitars were made in America and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
The following info will also help you determine if its a Fender Sqier number.