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The Japanese Strat Appreciation Thread

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  1. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Done a little research here and it seems there isn't a thread specifically dedicated to Strats made in Japan. So I thought it would be a good idea to start one.

    The idea is to post pictures and comment as you wish on your Japanese Strat from any brand or era. JV, MIJ, CIJ, modern MIJ, anything goes as long as it's made in Japan and it's a Strat. Can be Tokais and others too!

    What is it that makes you like your made in Japan Strat? Is there anything that makes it stand out among your other guitars? How does it compare to your other guitars? Feel free to show them off and praise them at will!

    I'll start. Here are my 1989 MIJ ST57-70, and my 2004 CIJ ST62-58US.

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    The ST62 is easy to bend on, light, and really lends itself to some "flashy playing". It has an unusual Alder body, which by the catalog should be basswood for this model. I put dunlop 6105s on it. For some reason, this guitar with 10s feels and plays like it was 9s. This guitar has nice countours. To be fair, it's not inferior to the FujiGen MIJ Strat! In my opinion it's the same level of quality, and it even has better countours than my MIJ.

    The ST57 is my idea of a 50s Strat. It has skinny frets which, combined with the maple neck, make it not as easy to bend. I like to play this guitar like one would play a Strat in the 50s - cowboy chords, strummy rock n roll rhythms, some gentle nasty bending, and some whammy bar action. It has an Alder body and mystery alnico pickups. This guitar doesn't have typical 50s countours - it's a little blocky and rough around the edges. I read somewhere that around this time a few of them slipped out of factory with such square edges. It's just the way it is.

    Let's see those Japanese Strats!
     
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  2. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I think it would be nice to change the thread title to just "The Japanese Strat Appreciation Thread", so that it includes other brands as well. It didn't occur to me when I was typing (I'm slow....).
     
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    FSR traditional 50s!
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @93-Strat very cool color for a 50's Strat! I like it.
     
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    My mid eighties Contemporary Series Strat with a Series 1. I got it as a basket case and it was my first refret and I decided to refinish it as a natural beauty instead of repainting it when I saw the grain patern. It originally was a blondie. I had to completely soak the bridge to get the parts to move properly and had to replace one saddle because the intonation screw broke off in it. I will be taking it back apart this winter to redress the fret ends.
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    That looks very interesting @Believer7713 , I dig the natural finish. It must be a real player.
     
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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Thanks, it really is a good player. It has a couple issues though. Like I said, it needs the fret ends dressed which is the main one. My first refret and it really wasn't a bad job but a little...incomplete. Itnow has humbo frets and a set of Alexander Pribora Hot Customs in it for pups with all Bourns pots and pushback wiring. I was considering this one for a burn job by @The Strat Dude but I am thinking not now. I have another one I will probably send him for that. The reassembly was crazy considering everything was seized and a pain to get working but now that it is it really is quite a nice player and really nails that 50's surfer tone well.

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    I don't really know what model it is but the Serial says O037164 Made in Japan. Sadly, it was repainted from burst to Olympic white by previous owner. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    CA33C538-27B7-4667-862A-0A79F67A9E4D.jpeg 2724C3CE-8574-4D8D-ACFA-255A98BEE3D1.jpeg A couple of mine .
     
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    @akosigrin Looks like an ST-62 of some sort, probably with ceramic pickups and basswood body. I like the white body.

    @AncientAx I've always liked the ST-62s in that blue color, in fact I almost bought an identical one. Nice Squier too with the big head.
     
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    This is my 2013 57 reissue, it was my first genuine strat and I love it
     

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    That looks the part @Willmunny! Nice 50s sunburst.
     
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    I don't join clubs...but my 83 JV Squier is my favorite guitar. Has been for 36 years.

    It looks like this:

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    It sounds like this:







    My 65 Strat takes a back seat to it. :D
     
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    That JV is certainly legendary by now @fezz parka, and I have a soft spot for Black 50's Strats. Most importantly, you make it sound wonderful.

    How would you describe the neck on this one?
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A "C". Not as slim as the modern C...not as fat as a D or U.

    Comfortable. :)
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You can fix the thread title with thread tools in the upper right hand corner. ;)
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I looked for it but couldn't find...maybe it's something with my browser.
     
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    It lasts as long as the edit window for posts...might be gone. :(
     
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    So that's it..no more edits. A mod will hopefully see it and fix the title. Thanks for the tip anyway!
     
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    Alder bodied 2005 CIJ FSR with '62 guard for the Blackmore vibe. 920D electronics with 2 SSL4 quarter pounders, 3 way and a treble bleed to come for the full Ritchie...
     
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