Fender Stratocaster 1990 MIJ 54 Reissue - opinions

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by davemoss, May 17, 2019.

  1. Guitarmageddon

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    It's certainly not cheap....it's high quality and an excellent Strat, just not worth the asking price....even the low end 'reissue' Fender Japan stuff is great.....
     
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    what does a similar/equiv 'high end' reissue have that this one doesn't incidentally? is it justthe alnico pickups?
     
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    Like I said, I'd try to get the price down a bit. Just because I'm tight doesn't mean I won't pay a little over the odds for a good local guitar. With a case and a cash transaction, I'd go for it by preference, 9 times out of 10.
     
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    there is also a 2016 62 reissue in a local shop - are these basically the same as the guitar in this thread? ie same quality/spec etc
     
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    and alder body instead of basswood...otherwise identical electronics minus pickups.....and identical hardware....
     
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    I would avoid post-2004 ish Fender Japan stuff, the quality isn't the same and the prices seem sky high for what you get....
     
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    My cut off point comes at the end of Fujigen, mid 90s.
     
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    Don't buy it. There are/were many price points on Fender Japan guitars. You need to know what you are doing when you buy them or you may end up with a good looking basswood guitar with cheap components. FWIW, I lived in Tokyo for 20 years and dealt in guitars. This is my guitar, maybe the most famous Fender Japan guitar made. It is a 1988 EXTRAD that was photographed for the FJ "big" poster that adorned guitar shops there for years. It was in all subsequent catalogs until they ended the EXTRAD program. It lives in my closet... -L-

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    Yes, we know. Thank you. for your concern.
     
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    I would also disagree with the post-2004 not being as good comment. Dyna Corp. made some GREAT Fender Japan products. I have a 2006 top-level Strat that is my main axe. The lacquer finish is superb as are the body contours and the beefy neck. The sunburst is much more accurate for a '54 than Fuji Gen's. Sounds great and plays like my old '57.

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    I have owned a 2013 model in the past and currently own a 2008-2009 model. Both have been great, absolutely flawless.
     
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    I can only go on what I've seen myself, maybe only the lower end stuff made it to the local emporiums (which themselves are not of the quality of those 20-30 years ago either).
     
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    And I've only owned two, one of which is a high end model, so the selection from which I base my opinion is very limited.
     
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    Seems to me the only way is to play the thing - if u dig it get it .

    That said how am I meant to know if a strat is high spec or not . The serial number normally just reveals the date . Any clues? Tips ?
     
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    if it's a solid color you won't be able to ever tell what the body wood is.....but if you see unassembled pics you can tell by the neck pocket wood....

    I wouldn't buy one of these used without the seller opening it up to identify what it is and that it's all original....
     
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    Me too. Well, mine is actually a 14 (I think) FSR MIJ 54 with a nice big V neck. The electronics were not the greatest, so I replaced them, but the guitar itself is beautifully made. The body in particular has a very elegant carve.
     
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    My oldest Japanese Fender is from the 90's, newest is from 2015. Can't fault either of them and I wouldn't say that the older one is any better than the newer one. I have Alder, Ash and Basswood and genuinely can tell no difference in them other than the Basswood being the heaviest.

    Loads of them available out there so take your time and pick the right one for you!
     
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    Usually, the neck pocket will have the necessary info. I'm sure there are some with nothing in there but in general there will be an ink stamp saying what iteration the particular guitar is.

    Here's all of the Fender Japan offerings for 1989/1990:

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