Among the Fender Japanese guitars, there were two different logos used: There are several theories about why some Japanese Fenders have MIJ and others CIJ. These are the top of the line Ibanez guitars are comparable to any American made guitar from the likes of Gibson, Fender, and PRS. New Fender Japan Made In Modern... TDPRI AutoPost posted Sep 4, 2020 at 7:12 AM. So I put in a Fender “No-load” tone control so one can still have this “by-pass” feature, but now on both the neck and bridge pickups. The Japanese MIJ (Made in Japan) Squiers were made by FujiGen up to 1997 and the Japanese CIJ (Crafted in Japan) Squiers were made by Tokai and Dyna from 1997. The final look of the guitar is strongly influenced by this step, so qualified staff carefully polish the bodies by hand. It left the factory in 1989-1990. All the guitars below have my modified 5-way switching, but I wanted to explain the stock version before going on to the customized versions. This PU is several years old, but brand new in the unopened original box when I received it. The NECK pickup is a Seymour Duncan SSL-1. $925.00. I put in a, Position #4, on the 5-way switch is wired in a series for that “fat” Gibson-ish sound. As mentioned already, this particular model was never imported into the US and was bought brand new by a gentlemen who was serving in Japan in the military in the early 1990’s. The words Fender®, Telecaster®, Stratocaster® and the associated headstock designs are registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. If you wish to modify it to make it more pleasant for you to play and perform on, then by all means modify it. NOS (New Old Stock) CHROME DIMARZIO “AIR NORTON” PAF HUMBUCKER. Teles sometimes have too much bite. I guess I had Stevie Ray Vaughn in mind. $3,000. 52 Tele bridge pickup - 57 Strat neck pickup! Would a pickup that was made famous by Yngwie and used in a Strat in the bridge position sound good as a Tele bridge pickup? I was somewhat hesitant and skeptical when I first saw this pickup. The model is called PB-57 70 which is a 1957 reissue. I no sooner plugged it in I found out! The previous Fender Japan models. Some Fujigen made Fender replica between 1982 and 1997 have necks made by Atlansia. Thus USA guitar production ceased between late 1984 till October of 1985. In most cases the neck pockets and the necks it will tell you that it is the 62 Deluxe; I have owned, and still own, many of both the MIJ and CIJ guitars and when setup correctly and rewired, they can play, feel, and sound as good (if not in many cases, even better) than their USA counter-parts (especially when rewired with custom pickups! More on that below. BRIDGE pickup is a Fender 50’s Telecaster Custom Shop pickup. The wood on the neck has some outstanding grain. The BRIDGE pickup is a HIGH OUTPUT SEYMOUR DUNCAN 1/4 POUNDER which run’s at a hot 17.38k D.C. Resistance, which is over 2 times hotter than a stock Tele bridge PU. Position #4: is the Neck Humbucker split (tapped) to create more of a sweet vintage Telecaster neck sound. The end of JV Strats: Standards, Reissues and Collectables, Superstrats: Contemporary and HM Stratocasters, HRRs (Hot Rodded Reissues), Foto Flame and Floyd Rose MIJ Strats, Ventures, Hellecasters and other signatures, Silver Series, Squier Series, Wayne's World & XII String Strats. “Made In Japan” (1982-1987) JV+ 5 digits 1982-1984: L + 6 digits 1991-1992 SQ + 5 digits 1983-1984: This 72 Reissue has been rewired, again, like some many of my Teles, with a modified version of the Jerry Donahue Teles 5-way switching. The Tokai made Fender Japan guitars are not exported from Japan but some of the Dyna Gakki made Fender Japan guitars are exported. The other story is, and maybe both are true and run consecutively. The BRIDGE pickup is a DiMarzio HS-3T (DP118). Since 1946, Fender's iconic Stratocasters, Telecasters and Precision & Jazz bass guitars have transformed nearly every music genre. You can also mix and match sounds. It is called the the TL67-65SPL by Fender Japan, and is a Keith Richards “Sonny” replica reissue. This JD Teles come custom wired from the factory with a 5-way switch. The 1985 Made In Japan Standard Stratocaster is valued at; Exc 90%: $475.00 USD VG+ 80%: $400.00 USD VG 70%: $325.00 USD Good 60%: $250.00 USD. The smooth tone curves of the HS-3T produces a sweet over-drive tone without jagged edges. The Ibanez Prestige and J Custom line of guitars are still made in Japan. This guitar has wonderful sustain, as it is heavy as a Les Paul. he BRIDGE pickup is a DiMarzio HS-3T (DP118). The Japanese-made Fender guitars sold by Fender Music Corporation (Japa… The Japanese serial number can be confusing too. If you want to see how this was wired, go to my, "Keith Richard's Sonny" REISSUE TELECASTER. Yet if you take the neck off they can be 1994-1997! Reverb Bump. Since this is a 1962 Reissue, all the wiring has been re-done with vintage cloth wire. This freed up a lot of space in the plant. Here is how the Fender Super Switching works: Position #1: is the Bridge PU alone, creating a traditional Tele sound with more power and a bit more midrange and bottom end. Perhaps it is because Fender USA never made a reissue of this model— it is “Sonny” which is a 1967 Sunburst Telecaster (below right). The Neck PU that gives a true-to-life vintage Strat sound. Lot’s of Tele bite! They come stock with a 3-way switch, a vintage Tele bridge pickup (same pickup Fender Japan uses on their 62 reissues) and a Fender Atomic him bucker in the neck. The combination of the text "Made in Japan" and the serial number was used until 1997. This is a black, with ivory white double binding. It has an old ceramic style capacitor on both tone controls. matched set of Seymour Duncan Vintage Staggered for Strat (SSL-1). It is a modified version of the Jerry Donahue Telecaster 5-way switching. Free Shipping. named Fender Stratocasters or Telecasters. There are many manual operations, but they are carried out quickly and meticulously by Japanese workers, Despite this, small imperfections may occur in some necks. The quality is better than Fender USA excluding the USA Custom Shop models.They were made in Japan too, so do not think they were made in USA and shipped to Japan. every detail was reproduced, right down to “Fender” being written on the Bridge Saddles to the routing in the bodies and the slotted vintage Kluson style tuners. Most of the time when people talk about Keith Richards Telecasters they think of his Blonde 1953 Fender Telecaster nicknamed “Micawber.” But there was yet another famous Keith Tele that does not get talked about much. Guitars and Bass. The tone control is wired with Fender TBX tone system. That guitar was made in 1985 or 1986 at the Fuji-Gen factory in Japan. Guaranteed by Fri, Jul. It is a. The pickguard is one piece black and is 5 hole like a 52 Tele. (above) Now this is a Telecaster I love. It delivers a true vintage Gibson sound or a Tele Single coil sound, when tapped, due to the custom wiring. They took a 62 Tele bound body, plus the added touch of a vintage Stratocaster sound with a Strat Pickup in the neck position, along with the extra touch of the famous "out-of-phase" Strat sound by using some tricky custom wiring—thus you have a JD Tele! This was New Old Stock from the 1980s. Pre-Owned. The JD Teles came in 4 colors: transparent. I still have one tucked away and it is the sweetest, Les Paul type Tele I have ever owned!). Electric solidbody guitar with JZ/JG body. The NECK pickup is a high output Seymour Duncan (STL-2R). Full, rich and powerful! The neck is made from a beautiful solid Maple, with a Maple capped fret board. manufactured from 1984 to 1987 by FujiGen Gakki and these Stratocasters were. They come with chrome plated Gotoh Tuners. Mint. Would a pickup that was made famous by Yngwie and used in a Strat in the bridge position sound good as a Tele bridge pickup? Every one I have bought either was shipped from Japan or was brought over by some one, thus making this model rarer in the US. Turn it to 10 and you bypass the tone control completely, thus giving you the middle pickup with no resistance. Position #3: is the Bridge PU together with the Neck PU operating as a full Humbucker. The JD feature I liked, was the bypassing of the tone control in position #5, but it seem kind of like a waste of a switching position. Brand New. (Production: 1994, Serial #O 003418). Fender Aerodyne Jazz Electric Bass, Black. These guitars very often literally copied Stratocasters and at the same time they cost less. In this way the irregularities of the clear coat are eliminated. New Posts. As already stated, all electronic parts are brand new made in the USA. BUT, as soon as I get one of these, I custom wire them with a fender 5-way Super switch and sometimes I replace the bridge with a vintage 67 style, often with calibrated brass saddles. The radius is like the vintage 62/67 style—a soft, slim, C shape. Irregularities and bubbles will be removed and repainted from scratch. This new Japanese-made Offset Tele® features an all-mahogany body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style Tele bridge pickup and a soapbar rhythm pickup. First, it helps to understand how the Fender Japan model numbers work, so let’s have a look at this one. When I rewired this guitar, I started out with a new set of Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups. 2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal. This pickup is a rare bird for a Tele. They also come equipped with a BRASS bridge and saddles. It runs at a hot 23.72k! Fender literally wrote the book on electric basses, laying the foundation for musical innovation and evolution. This is a STOCK FENDER CIJ SUNBURST 1967 "Keith Richard's Sonny" REISSUE TELECASTER. This particular model was never imported into the US from Japan. '60s and '70s vintage styling. position #2 is the Bridge PU and the Neck PU in out-of-phase, which gives you a hollow Stratocaster sound. After the machines have cut the wood for the necks, some important manual operations are performed, such as inserting the truss rod... ... and sanding. The HS-3T was designed to have a broad low-end while gently rolling back the top, which resulted in a warmth without a glaring high-end; just right for the guitar that needs more body and less screech. The JD Teles are no longer made. Fender has just announced a gorgeous new "Made in Japan Heritage Series" including basses and guitars with '50s. The stock JD had interesting 5-way switching. (, Fender 1972 Telecaster Standard Reissue in a transparent Butterscotch. This creates a unique sound, which is a richer and fuller. Fender Japan would have to combat companies like Fernandes, Greco, Toki and others with “Fender Japan” re-issues. They were never imported to the USA. Here is how the STOCK switching works: Position 1). Jerry Donahue Signature Model Telecasters: Customized Jerry Donahue Signature Model Telecasters, When Jerry Donahue, the famous “string bender” of the group “Hellcasters,” wanted a custom Telecaster. This single coil pickup was specially selected so it would have enough power to compete with humbucker in the neck. Fender Japan did make a reissue of the “Sonny” Tele minus the relic looks and the fact it has 6 strings instead of 5! After painting, the body is dried in a special room and is then ready for polishing. The ocean turquoise colour and maple finger plate have a strong attack sound. This one was completely rewired using high-end USA parts. Fender USA is out of the equation, their expense suggest that they use parts that are way expensive than these two makers. Together, they designed a Telecaster that has a vintage 52 bridge and pickup with a true 52 Tele V shaped neck. 2007-2008. The Neck and Bridge pickups wired in series. Made in Japan Traditional 60s Telecaster DaybreakFinished in Olympic White with a matching painted headcap, the FSR "Factory Special Run" Daybreak Telecaster is striking take on classic design. ), If you want to know about the dates and serial numbering of MIJ and CIJ guitars. This utilizes the Fender USA 5-way Super switch, which I will explain in a few moments. Every detail of the body and neck is like a 1972 Fender Telecaster, right down to the steel barrels on the bridge. Even the routing on the Tele bodies is accurate. This page contains information, pictures, videos, user generated reviews, automatically generated review and videos about Fender Made in Japan Traditional `60s Stratocaster but we do not warrant the quality, accuracy or completeness of any information on our web site. Once painting and polishing are complete, the neck is fixed to the body and electrical components. They come with a heavy chunk of Asian Ash (Sen) for a body in sunburst (Sonny come from sun burst) with a nice 67 type Maple D-shape neck (324mm Scale, (7.5") radius Fretboard, 21 Vintage frets, 42mm nut width) equipped with Chrome Gotoh Tuners. You can sounds like a Gibson Les Paul or a Standard Telecaster. were all Fender Squier models. CIJ Fender Jerry Donahue Signature Model Telecaster made in 1997, but this time in a transparent red color. This gives you the 3 true vintage Telecaster voices, plus a Stratocaster out-of-phase and a humbucker type voices. This is a very fine example of CIJ workmanship. JERRY DONAHUE MODIFIED TRICK WIRING: there are a lot of people emailing me off my website asking for the wiring diagram on how I do this, but so far I have not given it out. In the early '80s a new problem that Fender had to deal with emerged: the rise of the made in Japan guitars, caused by dollar increase against yen and by the quality of the instruments realized in Japan, which made those Americans uncompetitive. Andy Summers uses the same kind of bridge on his Telecaster as well. The NECK pickup is a high output Seymour Duncan (STL-2R). When you think of this JD Tele, think vintage sound! SOMARA SEN RESPONDS: The Fender Contemporary models were the first Fender Japan models to be. Fender Contemporary Stratocaster Japan; Manufacturer: Fender Japan: Period: 1984—1987: Construction; Body type: Solid: Neck joint: Bolt-on: Woods; Body: Alder or Basswood: Neck: Maple: Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple: Hardware; Bridge: Fender Schaller System I, System II, System III Tremolo: Pickup(s) Variable, see Models: Colors available; Usually metallic colors. Position #2: is the Bridge PU and the Neck PU split into a single coil (tapped), creating a more tradition Tele neck/bridge sound. It is only at this point that a code, which indicates the model, is engraved in the neck pocket. Kawi, Gen Gakki Ten, Yamara, Gotoh, Yamoto. The Fender Contemporary models were manufactured from 1984 to 1987 by FujiGen Gakki and these Stratocasters were designed to be Superstrats ( Super Strat) with a Floyd Rose like bridge designed by … The one below is a 1994 model. Acquired failed Telecaster... john_cribbin replied Sep 4, 2020 at 7:09 AM. Free Ebooki when you sign here This guitar has wonderful sustain, as it is heavy as a Les Paul. Learn more about Fender electric basses. The NECK pickup is a NOS (New Old Stock) CHROME DIMARZIO “AIR NORTON” PAF HUMBUCKER. The second tone control is a Fender No-Load tone control. In 2015 Fender took over these businesses with the ‘Fender-Manufactured’ product line, now referred to as the Japan Exclusive Series. Necks that do not meet the high quality standards will be discarded, This machine performs incisions, inside which dots will be inserted manually, The fretboard of the 1-piece maple necks, unlike those with a rosewood fretboard, has a finish applied and is then carefully protected so that the finish does not come off, The finish is allowed to dry and the process is repeated several times, The shape of the body, after the cuts made with the machine, is familiar, but it is not the final one, Sanding and manual work are of fundamental importance for the body: in fact they will also have a significant effect on the finish, so the skilled Japanese artisans pay close attention to this process. Among the Fender Japanese guitars, there were two different logos used: Crafted in Japan and Made in Japan, and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997. When you think of this guitar, think a 52RI Custom with a 67 C style neck! This PU still bites but creates super harmonics and sustain. Since it was difficult to protect Fender design from foreign competition, in 1982, The principals present at the the press conference at the Grand Palace Hotel were Schultz, Smith and Balmer from Fender; Chiroshi Kojima, president of Kanda; and Masamitsu Yamano, president of Yamano Music (courtesy of, From the second half of the 1990s Fender began gradually shifting Japanese production from Fujigen, which produced Fender until 1997, to, Wooden boards, already selected and dried, are cut in this machine to craft bodies and necks. Yamaha Revstar - buffing the top? Made in Japan T + 6 digits. This is a simple demo of a Fender Precision bass made in Japan. Fender Music KK has launched the Made in Japan Heritage Series, a new electric guitar and bass line developed under the guidance of Mark Kendrick, one of the Fender Custom Shop’s founding master builders and the company’s current Director of Global Build Standards. Like most of the Teles I customize, Calibrated Brass Saddles, which were developed for Danny Gatton’s Tele, keep the intonation more accurate than the old stock fender saddles. Fender Stratocaster (Japanese, RARE) 1984-87 White. beautiful natural finished split Ash body. It has an old ceramic style capacitor on both tone controls. Turn it to 10 and you bypass the tone control completely, thus giving you the middle pickup with no resistance. The combination of a Jazzmaster® body with Telecaster neck and hardware is a match made in heaven for many players. The sale did NOT include the manufacturing facility, and as a result, except for a small number of already completed guitars, the ONLY Fender guitars produced in 85-86 were Made in Japan by the FujiGen Gakki Corp. FSR models are effectively Japanese Built Fenders made available to US and European markets by demand. This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out. From the second half of the 1990s Fender began gradually shifting Japanese production from Fujigen, which produced Fender until 1997, to Dyna Gakki, former Greco’s manufacturer, and this would explain the modification of the "Made in Japan" decal to "Crafted in Japan", typical of the new factories and which remained on Japanese guitars for a few years. They are an exact replica of the original Fender Alnico V Stratocaster pickups. After sanding, the wood is carefully stacked paying much attention to humidity. Watch. The HS-3T hum-free design lends itself to any performance situation. Fender has offered some sweet, sweet electric guitar models through its Made In Japan line recently, including its Heritage Series offerings, but this limited-edition Black Paisley Stratocaster is perhaps the most mouth-watering of this year's MIJs.