The V.C. Squier Company started in 1930 by the son of a British immigrant, Victor C. Squier.
The Squier Company originally made violins at the shop in Battle Creek Michigan.
The strings were offered to retail shops and eventually became their primary product.
Squier set about manufacturing strings for all stringed musical instruments, including the piano.
In 1965 Fender Guitars acquired the V.C. Squier Company with the goal of manufacturing Fender guitar strings. By 1970 the Squier brand was retired and sold only as Fender guitar and bass strings.
The 1980's brought a flood of Fender "copy" guitars that were manufactured in Japan and Korea. Some of these instruments were surprisingly of excellent quality, but the majority were poor imitations.
Though the majority of Squier's guitars are reproductions or variations on the more expensive line of Fender guitars.
But every now and then Fender designers come up with a truly unique instrument under the Squier brand.
The '51 combines aspects of different Fender guitars and basses into one unique looking guitar.
The body is somewhat similar to a Fender Stratocaster.
The slanted neck pickup is similar to that of a Strat, with it's exposed pole-pieces. The bridge pickup is a split coil humbucker.
The body was made of basswood. The neck was maple with a maple fretboard. The pickguard was generally white, but was also available in black.
This model was produced from 2004 through 2006. Leftover models were drastically discounted in 2007.
The Squier '51 was a clear winner. In my opinion Fender should consider introducing it into their regular Squier line up.