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Best Japanese Fender Years?

Wilko

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The only thing to watch out for is sellers believing they are more valuable than they are. I've seen them listed for 2,000 USD+ although they never sell for that amount. Somewhere between 800 USD and 1,200 USD is where they should really be IMO.

Around here I keep seeing people trying to get top dollar for the locking nut/floyd type bridge models. wrong!
 

RicOkc

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I have a '94 - '95 MIJ Fender Custom Telecaster w/Bigsby. The profile of the neck is exactly like the neck on a '66 Fender Telecaster I owned years ago.

It's a great guitar, but as some have stated the electronics on most were cheap.

I replaced the pots with CTS, Orange Drop Cap, 4-way switch and SD pickups.

It's a fantastic guitar now and if I had to start selling my guitars it would be the last to go.
 

sonar

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I have a '94 - '95 MIJ Fender Custom Telecaster w/Bigsby. The profile of the neck is exactly like the neck on a '66 Fender Telecaster I owned years ago.

It's a great guitar, but as some have stated the electronics on most were cheap.

I replaced the pots with CTS, Orange Drop Cap, 4-way switch and SD pickups.

It's a fantastic guitar now and if I had to start selling my guitars it would be the last to go.


I kind of wish that I pulled the trigger on a MIJ '62 Custom Tele back when they were affordable. They (mostly) had lighter bodies with neck profiles that weren't as paper thin as the AVRI's that came out about 10 years ago. The new USA Custom telecasters are cool, just not 2K cool.
 

duaneflowers

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Kinda partial to the 2013 MIJ '62 Snow White Reissues...

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Newb Custom

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Bought an E series 84/85 '62 MIJ Tele Custom from the original owner little over a year ago. He was a gigging musician so it is played in and feels great but was very well taken care of. All original, haven't upgraded the electronics yet. What a great guitar. The finish is thin both body and neck, it's light and it just rings. Hit certain notes and unfret them and they continue to ring out for a long time through the whole guitar. The neck is pretty thin, and I prefer a thicker one, but I still love the way it feels and plays. It's smooth and worn in and the finger board is so rolled over it just feels perfect and comfortable even for a thin neck. It's safe to say this thing isn't going anywhere for a long time. Would love to find a brother for it, a same series '62 strat, maybe with a hard tail and solid colour.

 

agogetr

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about 10 years ago, my brother was going back overseas to gig and he told me he really needed a strat, i had just got a line on a japanese strat for $175 dollars, i met the guy at the walmart parking lot when i was in town, deal took 5 minutes. i got home and sat down with it and... man! build quality, just feels as good as it gets. i was amazed. i think its an 82, blonde body rosewood board. i mentioned it to some guys and they said 'oh ya those early jap strats are killer' my bro still has it and loves it, and hes had a bunch of vintage stuff so he knows good stuff
 

Any Name You Wish

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I had a 1990 MIJ strat in black/rosewood. The switch broke almost immediately. I always like the neck on that one. I think some of the new soft V necks come close. Other than the neck, the rest of the guitar was nothing to get excited about.
 

Trans-Am

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Hmm...I would go with say post mid 80's to late mid 90's as the MIJ was most sought after before the CIJ came out, and now as of late MIJ is back once more.
Mid 80's '62 Ri MIJ 3TSB Stratocaster and 2017 MIJ Blue Power Jazzmaster.🤟

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clearmudd

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1984 MIJ '70s Squier Stratocaster in Oly White and "Crafted In Japan" 2010 Paisley Fender Stratocaster are awesome. They both got upgraded electronics.

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Vics53

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I have a MIJ Precision bass. Going by the serial number it was made sometime between 2007 and 2010. I bought it new sometime in 2010. Stellar bass with no dead spots anywhere. Played better than the MIA P basses I tried.
 

Labadung

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For some reason, I thought there was a late 80's series of guitars that came from Japan that were stellar? I could have been mistaken?:hank
 
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