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One or two reasons why you shouldn’t snub your nose at MIJ fenders

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by diverse379, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    That's kinda my point.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It moved on to the Korean guitars, then Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian. I think we're over 95% of the "all imports are rubbish" posts now, but there's still the odd one..
     
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    By that logic, all guitars would be rubbidh to me, except 1960's Hagstroms of course. They're obviously great since they are not imported.
     
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    This thread has created the need to acquire another cornfield to handle the new tenants...

    sheez...!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    At least you had Hagstroms, all we had were 1960s Burns... o_O
     
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  6. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

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    I hear you! Knew I was over it 5 years ago when i found myself buying a China made CV Strat because it was the closest thing in the store to the quality of the old Strats that I could no longer afford.
     
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  7. montemerrick

    montemerrick you can't stay the fool Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i will only play guitars built in Laurel Lake, New Jersey.
     
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  8. AngelDeVille

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    Nowadays you wish your **** was “Crafted in Japan”

    1993...

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  9. lonegroover

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    Wow - I had a 1980 Strat that looked exactly like that, snot green pickguard and everything.
     
  10. SimonSpins

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    Back in 1990 I was fortunate enough to trade a few hours plumbing labor for a 1983 - '62 Fiesta Red JV Squier Strat, Apollo Bass Guitar, plus a Univox 50W Bass AMP/CAB. To be honest, even though it played and sounded great (on my '67 Fender Deluxe Reverb - also unaware at the time of future value), I used to be kind of ashamed to be seen on stage with a "Squier"( I wasn't too fond of the color either)! Little did I know what a fine instrument I had... and still do!
     
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    Chicago Music sent me an email today that they have new MIJ product available. The 60s strats were tempting, but vintage frets and the vague "vintage single coil pickups" descriptions were enough to make me cool my jets.
     
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    I have Japanese made fenders and squiers. Quality is immaculate. Way better than mim player strat I had.
     
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    Tgey're amazing guitars, really. The "vintage style single coil pickups" are ceramics.
     
  14. Neil.C

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    In what way are they superior?

    I find it difficult to quantify going by the excellent quality of recent MIM output.
     
  15. Mankonis

    Mankonis Strat-Talk Member

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    I have JV, Jags-tang and low end Japanese squier from '94. All of them built perfectly. Tight neck pockets, frets are well finished and fretboard spotlles.
    Half year ago I ordered mim player strat. Quality was poor all the way. Very bad finish on maple fretboard and frets. I could fit my credit card into the gap next to the neck.
    So I returned that one. Second was not much better. Just lack of quality control.
    Probaby I am unlucky, or just too picky.
    Of course is just a personal experience.
     
  16. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I think you are just unlucky.

    Although the Player series is the bottom end of the MIM Fender range they have been met with great approbation on here.
     
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    FYI

    It seems they use that name for a variety of pups.

    I just got a new MIJ Trad 60s Custom. It has ''Vintage Style'' Pups that are Alnico: N - 6.3K , B -7.2K and CTS pots and CLR switch.

    I did make a few change tho.
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  18. Cerb

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    Noted, thanks for the info :)
     
  19. Thrup'ny Bit

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    I snubbed my nose at my ST54 this morning. It waved two fingers at me, laughed and locked itself back in the case...o_O
     
  20. jaybones

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    I built my first partscaster off a Samick Strat copy. And other than learning the hard way that there's a difference between import and MIA bridge screw spacing, every Fender part was able to drop right in. Including the large headstock S series style neck.
     
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