Re: query about MIJ Strats
- From: "Keith Adams" <keithadams@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 15:48:55 GMT
All Fenders are mass produced.
"Jay" <jay@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:op.td2qbmwe6ea1mk@xxxxxx
From collectors view I guess this is somewhat of a key to go by howeverI
am not sure:
There are three levels of MIJ guitars (besides the rare 82-84 JV models
and the somewhat common E series Export models). The latest round is
"Crafted in Japan" 2000 on up series, they are very mass produced and
so great. The next series back and the most well known is the "Script
Logo" Made in Japan guitars with the serial # on the back of the neck
below the logo. These are excellent guitars and some of the best
made in recent times. The rarest of the three is the series made
transitionally between the JV models and the "Script Logo", with a rare
and unusual "Block Logo" Made in Japan, and the serial # on the "Pat
bridge plate as on real vintage Telecasters.
On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 07:13:46 -0800, Jay <jay@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
By the time I got my 1991 MIJ strat, it had the pickups replaced with
The tuners were HORRID rattling aluminum things.
As my first electric guitar I was amazed at how CRAPPY the parts
I did upgrade many parts.
When I am done I will upgrade the block, trem and input jack.
I put new pickups and tuners.
What you really get is a wonderful body and neck.
Many japan strats are produced to higher standards then the USA
strats of the time.description"
More research on your part for what year is good.
Mine is Ash body 3.5 pound.
Total weight is 6.5 pounds.
This was expensive by the time I was done.
Best is to search ebay for the pickups in "Search title and
and try to get a Japan strat that has already been upgraded.ebay.
I guess I really wanted a sunburst older Japan Ash strat and I paid
quite a bit.
I know if your happy with alder you can snatch up one for $350 on
I paid almost twice that for what I thought was a good solidcollector
high quality wood something I could keep for life.
Think of for example my Toyota land cruiser from japan....
Is it good for the average Joe driving back and forth to work?
But a closer look at an amazing vehicle that cost almost $50,000 new
you find the bumpers, shocks and springs are
very bad and you can kick the bumper and dent it! Its a very thin
thing and the shocks are droopy around corners.and
You replace that consumer crap (Bumpers, springs = Pickups, Tuners)
you have a vehicle that is better then a HUM-V military vehicle.value
HUM-V = US
Land Cruiser = Japan.
The HUM-V cost a lot and has that "USA" value but is not a better
or better vehicle!you
Best to search ebay for a Japan strat with Kinman upgrades because
might not be happy with some of the build quality!what
If you are a working musician you would want to custom build a Japan
Strat any way or use parts you have already on another guitar?
Remember some years are better then others and I am not very sure
years were better.craftsmanship
Japan was very wealthy and at times could afford the best
and materials for not for import guitars.$400
By this time I am up to $750 invested in my Japan strat not including
Im not entirely thrilled that I paid so much, I did over pay for the
Try to get one with a case and search for Kinman, callahan, fralin
upgrades in your guitar.
Well if this is local then offer fast cash and try to keep it under
unless its some special wood you think would impress other buyers.cost
If your an expert guitar builder then you already know upgrades can
as much as the Japan strat:will
I kind of got dicked over but I have a strat that I would think I
keep for ever!it
Its completely possible by the time you get your strat, especially if
been around in trade or local guitar trade shows that the stockpickups
have already been removed and cheap ones installed. I don't thinkJapan
pickups are worth that much any way and frankly never had a chance tothe
listen to them.
My guitar tech said my Block and trem are terrible build quality and
block is aluminum.Id
He suggested I replace both of those at the time of purchase but man
be up to $900~$1000 for an old Japan strat?japan
You might even consider building your own Strat with a used older
And try to get a deal!
Ask if the pickup cavity has been routed out as that dings value and
not something you will want.guitar
I won a Japan Strat for $350 (Alder) and the seller canceled out the
auction saying the guitar was stolen from his car at the post office.
I know there other screaming deals on a Japan strat if you look.
If you pay local and can get it for under $400 with hard case or even
one upgrade, tuners or better pickups then a winner.
These are getting sucked up by collectors so getting an excellent
for $400 or under will soon be a thing of the past.the
Good luck and these are far better then Mexican or Korean guitars and
some will tell you better then the USA standard strats.
I know a Mexican Tele body that went for $250 because it was obvious
build quality was exceptional, flame burst top, quilted this orthat...
All country's did at one time build a kick ass strat.
Its only time before people buy a Chinese Strat for cheap and get
Im very happy with my Japan Strat.
(When I take it to the local dick head guitar store the sales staff
their jaws and have quite a bit to say about it, tone, build, customsell
In the end they always show me a brand new USA standard and try to
it to me and Im always why the hell would I want that?nothing
Any way, good luck and having "Japan" stamped on your guitar is
to be embarrassed about and in a few years will be somethingcollectors
will be taking advantage of that good name.Japan"
I know people have gone as far as scratch out the word "Made in
and many auctions.Japan)
I do not know the difference in quality between CIJ (Crafted in
and MIJ (Made in Japan)Japan
I can guess (Made in Japan) during the 80's early 90's was Local
Best regards from a very happy Japan Strat owner that I would gig
I do not like the Poly they used on many Japan Strats. It keeps a
shine but I though a strat is supposedhttp://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Japan-1971-Stratocaster-Reissue-Strat_W0QQit
to look good faded and used over time. I just love real paint! And
Poly dings kind of weird and can even chip out.
This looks nice!
On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 03:39:30 -0800, rct <Ron.Thompson@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Hey All ,
I heard lots of good things about 1988 MIJ Fender Strat, and
others,maybe getting one, but couldn't find too much about them.
Mostley USA and Mex Strats. Are the pups the same pups as the
or does it have different pups? What other h/w is there?
Also heard Fender pups are pretty cheap, should i upgrade? What to?
Any comments on these, i know these are 'collectable', (but not
important) anything good or bad to say about MIJ Strats?
Some good, some not so good, same as it ever was. No sweeping
generalizations apply to any of them.
1991 Ash 6.5 Pound japan Strat with noiseless pups,
Fender De Ville Hot rod. 2X12
Sperzel Sound Lock Tuners
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