The Squiers will typically go for less money because they're "Squiers" and not "Fenders" but other than that, there seems to be very little difference.
Your best bet for info is really just the guitar itself. I have an '85 MIJ Squier for example and the neck is stamped "ST-362" which tells me the neck is a '62 reissue. What's more is on mine there is a date hand written on the end of the neck heal...
A: The serial number of your guitar will begin with one of the above lettering sequences.
Fender Japan usedall of the above lettering sequences for the serial numbering of their guitars and basses over the years, andknowing this first will help you determine the year of manufacture.
My serial number E673928 indicates 1984-87 However nothing I can find specifically says Fender Squier - so am I right in assuming that this list applies to Squiers (as opposed to regular Fenders - if in fact that is such a thing as a non-Squier Fender made in Japan?Unfortunately there isn't a lot of specific information on these instruments other than that they are typically very good instruments.I've never been able to find anything in regards to any specific differences between the Fenders and Squiers that came out of this plant..fact everything I've ever seen seems to indicate that there really aren't any differences at all.Squier Electric Guitars, by Fender, were introduced in 1983 and became the first 'officially authorised' instruments to replicate Fender's designs - in particular the Squier Stratocaster and Squier Telecaster.
Placing an emphasis on affordability, Squier by Fender instruments have given new players the opportunity to learn using a quality instrument that closely resembles those played by their heroes.This tells me this particular neck was made September 13th, 1985.