These models were Fender models and not Squier models.
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.
The series was discontinued under the Squier name in 1998 and moved to Mexico, as guitarists were unwilling to spend such high prices for Squier guitars.
The series is still highly regarded and has held much of it's value on the used market.
The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead.The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982.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.The Squier lineup was augmented in 1996 with Affinity series guitars and basses.