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  1. Cerb

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    https://www.strat-talk.com/media/mij-89-st57-70.31892/

    FujiGen (MIJ) ST57-70 from 1989-ish. Alder body, factory mystery Alnicos.

    https://www.strat-talk.com/media/cij-st62.31852/#media

    Dyna Gakki (CIJ) ST62-58US from 2004-ish. Alder body, came with Custom Shop Texas Specials, but it's not the ST62-TX. Fender Japan can be that mysterious.

    I'm a little biased about Jaapanese Fenders. Both are great guitars in their own merits. I like mine. I won't be opening my wallet to buy an american model any time soon. Probably never.
     
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    Ditto, but no probably at all. :D
     
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    I have yet to see a single convincing fake of a Fender Japan guitar, let alone ANY Fender guitar made anywhere......I also find it very easy to know and memorize what model is which and what specs were when stock....
     
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    Never heard anything negative about Japanese strats back in the day. Mine ruled, would like another.
     
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    This is not a knock. It is amazing how you remember all the specs and other information about all these guitars and then read the thread about you getting kicked out of the last band because you forget a chord here and there in a song.. You should do what ever you to remember the good stuff about the guitars and apply it to songs. Sorry now back to the regularly schedule program. carry on.
     
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    Thanks but it doesn't work that way lol
     
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    My MIJ pair. Soooo in love with... changed original pups in Tele with Pure Vintage '64. In Strat is all original except tuners... 2019-02-06 14.20.42.jpg
     
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    I pulled the trigger.

    2012 FENDER JAPAN / ST62 VSP/3TS

    I wanted a Strat, tick.

    I wanted a Japanese Strat, tick.

    I wanted a top of the line Japanese Strat, tick.

    I wanted a rosewood fretboard, tick.

    I wanted a nitro finish, tick.

    I wanted a reasonably new and un beat-up guitar, tick.

    I'm really happy with what I found.

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's all wrong, sorry. It has too many colours in the burst and the neck should be one piece maple...

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    I'd send it back and get a proper one.
     
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    Ha ha, very funny. I'm actually quite fond of the 57 reissues and if a VSP of one of those had turned up in my sights, I'd have got it.

    All it means is I'll be looking for a 57 next, and will likely go for Fiesta Red with a maple neck so it looks as different from this as possible.

    But if a 2TS 57 turns up during that search, well, I won't be upset ;) Full disclaimer: that search won't be for some time...!
     
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    I agree but not everyone has your amazing memory so there's help on a lot of models on my web site
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Very nice not normally a fan of sunburst but that looks good my info suggests Alder body and Japanese made Alnicos but if it's an FSR with Lacquer I suppose it could be different specs.
     
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    The seller thinks Alder and as they're not the DiMarzio pups, I'd say they're the Japanese factory alnico's.

    The ones that sound like:

     
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    It shouldn't have been hard to find, you were given the link a couple of posts ago by Mr Alston himself... :D
     
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    As Thrup'ny said my site but thanks for the kind words
     
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    Well don't I feel a muppet :) Great site. In my defence I'm following a load of different threads...!
     
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    First of all - love Japanese Strats (as stated in several other threads)!

    Really cool information! When you scan through it, you will see the different price and quality levels, so I agree on what has been posted before: MIJ alone is only an indication and very often means great quality, but as the models vary so much one has to look closely.

    Speaking of looking closely, some information that you could add to your website:

    First, having a look at the Fender MIJ 1986 catalog, I notice that some ST-62 models had 3 way switches (so not all have 5 way ones).

    A way to distinguish the higher level 62s is that only the 115 (and ExTrad) have USA controls, while the group of 115, 85 and 70 all have USA pickups.

    In any case - thanks for bringing all the valuable information together!
     
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    @balston11 Your site has expanded a lot since I last saw it. Good stuff! Congrats on the work, and thanks for mentioning that my odd ball ST62-58US has an off-spec Alder body. To be honest I don't really think it makes it superior to a Basswood body, as all Basswood Ive seen from Fender Japan is top notch, but I'm not complaining either.
     
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