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MIJ 50s reissue v MIJ 60s reissue?

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  1. JPTwentyTwo

    JPTwentyTwo Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello all

    Due to try out a sonic blue, MIJ 50s reissue Strat next week.

    Unfortunately there is no 60s reissue with which to compare.

    Wondered if anyone had played these two and had a preference/view on these two?
    Actually quite tricky to find much in the way of info online!
    Many thanks.
    JP
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

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    Welcome to the forum....we need WAY more info....are you comparing 2 new models? used? Fender Japan never made a 50s or 60s true 'reissue' they are just classic styled to look like them and have SOME of the vintage features.....

    Got photos of the guitar in question?? What's the serial number letter prefix (1 or 2 letters - need to know this)
     
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    Don't recommend it one bit. I highly recommend older Fender Japan products from before the 2000s.......

    It's way overpriced for what you get - ceramic pickups, cheap small pots, cheap 5-way switch - same stuff you'd find in a 200 quid Squier......they have cheaped out on recent models.....

    It's a good guitar but it's priced about 50-60% higher than it should be......
     
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    Yeah something like that is more affordable and has much better pickups and electronics, also better body wood.....
     
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    In terms of brand new instruments, the mexican factory has been producing some of the best guitars in the last couple of years, certainly better than the more recent japanese ones. I would buy any mexican Fender from the last 10 years or so without much thought if I was shopping for a guitar.

    If we talk about 80's and 90's japanese Fenders, especially the MIJ FujiGen ones, that's a whole different story.
     
  8. JPTwentyTwo

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    Really appreciate your take on this. Had no idea, I just rather assumed the MIJ models occupied that gap between Mex and US models.

    Anyway, that’s the route I’m going to go down.
    Probably a MIM Daphne Blue 60s effort...
     
  9. JPTwentyTwo

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    That’s really good to know.
    Those will be the Japanese ones which I was was thinking about.

    I was playing a Player series the other day (though a crappy amp) and was impressed. £300 less than the MIJ!

    Appreciated, cheers again
     
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    That one isn't any kind of 'vintage reissue' - it has all modern features like 2 point trem and a flat 12" fretboard radius....just so you're aware....

    It's also a demo model so could have issues......

    If you're looking for vintage appointments, the Mexico Classic SERIES is the way to go...the Classic PLAYER is modern.....so it's up to you....
     
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    Go with the MIJ. Far superior to the MIM classics. I got about 10 MIM classics, and had 20 over the past years, and they can´t compete with the MIJs. Specially the fretwork is pretty bad, and the whole neck is not nearly as nice.

    I have 20 MIJs från 88 to 2017. I think they are about the same. Maybe the poly is thicker now.
     
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    The feel of MIJ necks is completely different to MIM. I know I prefer MIJ.
     
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    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster

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    My MIJ FSR 54 a beautifully constructed guitar... except for the electronics... but I had Fralin loaded pickguard with top of the line pots and wiring, so that made it perfect...
     
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    I have MIJ/CIJ Strats from the 90's, 00's and one from 2015. All are pretty equal in my eyes. The necks are fantastic as is the overall fit and finish. Great workmanship. All came stock with smaller pots and the cheaper switches and input jacks. The ceramic pickups can indeed be a deal breaker for many but its easily remedied. I have Ash, Alder and Basswood and notice no difference in them soundwise. The Basswood is the heaviest and the 2015 is actually Alder but it is 3tsb so this might explain that.

    Its my understanding that Fender took over direct control of the Japanese operation in 2015 so not sure if that has had any negative effect.

    If you are on a budget though the MIM line is a great option.
     
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    Classic series it is...
    I’ll let you know how I get on
    Thanks
     
  17. JPTwentyTwo

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    20?? Surely I can take one of those off your hands and help you free up some space
    Thanks.
    I was quite impressed with the Mex strats I’d tried tbh but as I say I haven’t been able to make a meaningful comparison yet.
     
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    That does sound perfect, I don’t think the one I’m about to try will be in that ball park!

    Anyway, I’ll see.
    I’ve mostly been all about Teles and SGs over the years and it’s been about 14 years since I had a Strat (‘98 US Standard) so tbh I’m fairly clueless!
     
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    I'd be very surprised if the recent MIJ traditional series strats come with anything other than full sized pots and alnico pickups as they sell for around 200 pounds more than the MIM classic series.

    I've been looking into buying a mij tradional 60s strat but I'm finding it difficult to find exact information on them. A €800 guitar hardly comes with mini pots and ceramic pickups?!
     
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  20. JPTwentyTwo

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    Thank you for all that.
    If the consensus was that the MIJ was so much better, then I’d jump at it, but it’s a good lot more £s and I’ve heard mixed reviews of the newer models, perhaps there could be something in the 2015 takeover.
    Thanks
     
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