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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2009-10-22T16:52:32+00:00 2009-10-22T16:52:32+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Non-Import Japanese Strat]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:52 pm

2009-10-21T15:01:11+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Non-Import Japanese Strat]]>
Frequently the model code will be stamped in the neck pocket, or at least a partial one— ST54, ST68, etc —which indicates the year that the model is based on.

If there is a second number, eg, ST68-50, then that second number is usually the MSRP in thousands of Yen, so an ST68-50 would have a MSRP of 50,000¥ and would have sold for ~40,000¥ new. Due to inflation, what you get for your Yen is less, so an older -50 model has better appointments than a newer one.

Fender has a serial number checker on its website:

Note that Fender Japan instruments are now saying 'Made in Japan' again, after being 'Crafted in Japan' for many years.

Statistics: Posted by rustyslide — Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:01 pm

2009-10-21T03:47:52+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Non-Import Japanese Strat]]> export, but somehow never was! Plays really nice, sounds great. It does not have the jumbo frets, they are more like Gibson frets...


Statistics: Posted by thunda1216 — Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:47 am

2009-10-20T18:32:33+00:00 <![CDATA[Non-Import Japanese Strat]]> The other day I was in a local music store and I came upon a beat up Strat hanging on the wall. It was Olympic White with a maple neck, large '68-'70's headstock with "Synchronized Tremolo". Nice Kluson tuners, too. Scratches on the finish, but the neck was in good shape and the hardware was o.k., too. No serial number, though, and no "made in Japan" on it, either. What got me excited was how it sounded. Wow, smooth as silk, sharp as a tack, melodic like a bell! I'm suspecting it's a Japanese non-import Strat from the '80's or so because of the quality of the pups. The strats that were imported into the U.S. and the U.K. had crappy pups, super shrill and tinny. The "non-import" Japanese Strats had pups manufactured in the U.S., or so the story goes. I didn't get a chance to really scrutinize it after I played it, had other places to go to, but I put it on layaway, anyway. When I view it again, are there any other things I should be looking for? (I've already read how the neck is thinner at the nut and the frets are thinner....frets didn't seem thinner to me.) Thanks for any info.

Statistics: Posted by Bluesrocker — Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:32 pm