Japanese telecaster dating

17-Feb-2015 21:14

The Fender Japan serial numbering system is - on the face of it - a little more complex than the Fender USA system.

But in the past, as we have already seen, the USA system has served only as a good starting point when dating a Fender USA instrument.

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For more on the MADE vs CRAFTED thing, see the Guide I authored titled "MADE In Japan - vs - CRAFTED In Japan Fender Guitar(s)" .

In fact, the new Fender USA management guys "almost cried" when they traveled to Japan and saw the quality.

At that time, Fender USA was still trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout, as USA quality under CBS ownership let their standards really slip.

until the new factory was built in Corona, California.

It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.

For more on the MADE vs CRAFTED thing, see the Guide I authored titled "MADE In Japan - vs - CRAFTED In Japan Fender Guitar(s)" .In fact, the new Fender USA management guys "almost cried" when they traveled to Japan and saw the quality.At that time, Fender USA was still trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout, as USA quality under CBS ownership let their standards really slip.until the new factory was built in Corona, California.It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series).