Squier SST33 Silver Series Strat, made in Japan in 1992/93 in classic black-on-black. The Silver Series heralded a return to Japanese manufacturing for Squier, and were very well received at the time owing to the excellent build quality from the legendary Fujigen factory. The SST33 came in rosewood or maple board, and the maple board on this guy has aged nicely with a few years play; it looks and feels great. The ceramic pickups produce a fairly thick, warm sound; it's a nice combo with the brightness of the maple board, you get a nice typical-strat attack with plenty of body. These MIJ Squiers aren't very common in these parts and they're a great addition to the collection. Simple and effective!
Manufacturer: Fender Japan (FujiGen Gakki plant)
Model: Squier Silver Series Stratocaster, SST33-M model
Made: 1992/93 (serial M020610)
Made in: Japan
Finish: gloss black, black 3-ply guard
Body: alder (best guess from available info and inspection, possibly basswood)
Neck: maple with maple board, dot inlays
Mods: none (Gotoh machine heads are standard on this model)
Pickups: original Squier factory ST style ceramic
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: Moderate finish wear. There's some scratches, dimples and dings around the body, neck and headstock, the most noticeable is am arc shaped scratch near the input jack. The guard and surrounding area has some play-wear, and the neck has a bit of wear along the edges. Chrome parts have discoloured and have a bit of pitting, but all work fine. Maple board has aged to a very cool played-in look and feel. Overall: fair to good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is very low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Setup with fresh 10/46s and feeling great.