I was happy with the voicing of the bracing, craftsmanship, general design and most of all, tone, of these guitars.” Guitars are built under License from George Lowden by the S Yairi, Nagoya workshops, Japan Guitars with this label were built between 1980-1985 in a small Japanese workshop under license to George Lowden. In 1980, our Swiss dealer asked George if he could source a small and expert company to make his guitars under license, so they would be more widely available.“Thus began a five-year period when my guitars were made in Japan by a small, dedicated band of luthiers near Nagoya. Yairi workshop regularly to give the designs and check quality.In 1982, the Squier brand was reactivated by Fender to become its brand for lower priced versions of Fender guitars. S.-trained violin makers and is often referred to as "the American Stradivarius." Victor returned to Battle Creek, where he opened his own shop in 1890. With a limited market for violins in Battle Creek, however, Squier astutely sought relationships with national music schools and famous violinists.Squier guitars have been manufactured in Japan, Korea, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China, and the United States. As his business grew, Squier moved the company to 429 Lake Ave. Up to 1900, the best violin strings were made in Europe.Approximately 143 guitars were made during this period.The first guitars with A-frame bracing and the dolphin voicing profiles were made in 1976 and in many ways have established the Lowden guitar’s distinctive and unique sound. “What is now called the O25 [L25]had arrived, along with another three models all of the same shape, bracing and simple cosmetics.These later reissues had an asymmetric rear cutout that had a sharper transition into the rest of the body.
I found the folk I worked with to be honourable and courteous, and I had the greatest of respect for their hard work and excellent guitars. Ireland 1985 As a result of the rampant fashion of this era for all things electronic in music, sales of acoustic instruments slumped worldwide.
It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.
Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.
Serial numbers from this period can only date the instruments by several years precision, so it's hard to appraise one just by looking at it personally or in photo books.
In years 1957-1958 serial numbers where starting by a "-" sign, or "0" before the number.
This created a top edge of the body that was sleek and thin compared to the more squared top edge of later reissue strats.