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The series included the Supersonic guitar, the Venus guitar (co-designed by Courtney Love), the Jagmaster (a hybrid of the Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster models), and a re-issue of the Musicmaster Bass.Later, in 97, a guitar version of the Musicmaster Bass was added, though it should be noted this was based on the bass design, and not the Fender Musicmaster guitar design of the 1960s. Alongside the Vista series (which focused on contemporary designs) was the Pro Tone series, made in Korea at the Cort factory and focusing on classic models.Jerome Bonaparte Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Victor Squier started making his own hand-wound violin strings, and the business grew so quickly that he and his employees improvised a dramatic production increase by converting a treadle sewing machine into a string winder capable of producing 1,000 uniformly high-quality strings per day.He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll Squier. Squier violin strings, banjo strings and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price. Squier Company in early 1965, shortly before Fender itself was acquired by CBS in May of the same year.Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan.Kanda Shokai owned the Greco brand name and one of the conditions of the Fender Japan agreement was that Kanda Shokai cease production of its own Greco Fender copies.Introduced in 1996 with a 0 RRP, the guitars were of higher quality than standard Squier guitars and featured ash bodies, satin finished necks and alnico pickups.The line consisted of 6 Stratocasters, a Fat Stratocaster (Humbucker at the bridge position), a Fat Telecaster (Humbucker at the neck position) and a Thinline Telecaster as well as a 4 string and 5 string Precision Bass.
Entry-level Affinity Series instruments were straightforward, basic Stratocaster, Telecaster and Precision Bass guitars in black, red and white.In 1996, Squier began to manufacture the Vista Series, which saw them introducing their own unique guitar designs independent from the Fender mother company for the first time.Made in the same factory as the Japanese Fenders of the era, they were known as high quality guitars.Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on its main Stratocaster and Telecaster models and had always used different model designs for its lower priced guitars.In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.