MIJ Strats?

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  1. Swordscythe

    Swordscythe Senior Member

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    Yeah, I didn't know about this. I was browsing the lefties section at a guitar store here recently, and they had the regular MIA and MIM strats, and of course they had the Squires (which are Japanese, right?). Anyway, there was a Fender Strat MIJ between them, no mention of Squire anywhere... It was the cheapest one out other than the Fenders, but I didn't have time to test it.

    So anybody know the deal with that?
     
  2. classic

    classic Senior Member

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    My MIJ Fender Strat - ST54-120DMC - bought used from Japan ... all the sweet Strat tones at a reasonable price ...
    BTW - they are manufactured by Tokai since 10 years now ... :applause:

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    ... CS specs - but cheaper ... :hippie:
     
  3. M.T. Pockets

    M.T. Pockets V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    are not created equal.

    There's a wide variety of Fender available from the Japanese builders.
    Some are incredible.
    Some are average.
    Some suck...............

    but mostly, you get what you pay for.
    It pays to educate yourself:hippie:
     
  4. lp59aholicDon

    lp59aholicDon V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    I own a MIJ Squie Strat, I have owned 5 Strats total, and played many many vintage mostly pre CBS Strats, this MIJ is the equal of any one of the vintage ones and as good if not better than the American Standards I've owned , Mine is a 62 type Re Issue , I have played a few Fender Japan Strats, they are in my humble opinion as good to better than their American counterparts, If Fender was still importing these into the US , not many MIM Strats would get sold , Mine is a pawnshop special that needed a lil TLC first but I could tell the vibe when I first held and played it
     
  5. Swordscythe

    Swordscythe Senior Member

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    Nice. I'll have to check it out when I get back there
     
  6. loneguitar

    loneguitar Senior Member

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    It's my understanding that the Jap models are more desired than the MIM
     
  7. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Also the PUPs were designed by Duncan. Overall, much more vintage correct than the US or Mexican counterparts.
     
  8. lp59aholicDon

    lp59aholicDon V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Definitly, I dont think you can even compare the quality of workmanship. Fender selected this plant out of several they toured in Japan, while they were trying to get a new factory together and couldnt meet past production quotas while they didnt have a factory to do it in, Japan got the bulk of business in the early 80s on Fenders If and when i go huntin up a Telecaster, I am going to find an MIJ Tele that speaks to me like my MIJ Strat does
     
  9. lexluthier

    lexluthier V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Fuji Gen Gakki makes the MIJ Fenders. The later MIJ Strats have great necks.
     

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