If your Stratocaster.


Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
Northwest US


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Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
Palm Coast, FL
I have a couple of Squier Strats. But if I were going to spend way more money, I'd probably start a short list with Suhr, Music Man & PRS (not in any particular order of preference). That doesn't rule out anyone else's for consideration though. I just went with Squier as a path of least resistance. Prepandemic prices, I ended up with very good, affordable Strats in a Bullet & Affinity. I reflect back, who wouldn't buy a Bullet for $ 25 & an Affinity for $ 55, $ 80 for 2 guitars. Granted the Bullet wasn't as mint condition as the Affinity. But a little extra work to get the Bullet to the Affinity's playability and I can't complain about either Strat.


Senior Stratmaster
Nov 27, 2013

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
A Tokai made Fender Stratocaster is......and good guitars also.
A Tokai made Springy Sound is not.....and great guitars....their better examples.
I’m a big fan of the ‘80s MIJ Tokai Fender copies, better than Fender made at the time.
I‘m not sure what years Tokai made guitars under contract with Fender? I may have owned some but back then we didn’t obsess over those details quite as much.
Certainly noticed where our guitars were made though and which eras were better or worse.

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
Tokai, Greco or Fernandes.
Reminded me that late ‘80 s early ‘90s ESP could be superb.
They had some sort of custom shop production and in NYC at least there was 48th Street Custom Guitars which was all Japanese workers selling all MIJ ESP parts including hundreds of necks in stock. Plus the usual modern non Japanese hardware like FR bridges in every color.
You could order your custom ESP there and if they made it for you as opposed to for open retail, it could be a dead on exact repro of a vintage Fender including lawsuit ’50s headstock.
No logo or ESP logo.