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Made in Japan Telecasters!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Gryffinaura, Jan 1, 2007.

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  1. pyrrhocorax

    pyrrhocorax TDPRI Member

    Nov 18, 2003
    Totnes, Devon, UK
    Just recently picked up an essentially mint "TL-Zebra", 2004/5 from eBay, it's a solid mahogany centre to the body capped with about 3/16" of Zebrawood front and back. The body side over the mahogany is black painted, which looks quite smart with the edges of the zebrawood. Fingerboard is rosewood but glossed, on a quite slim neck, which is an interesting feel and pretty zippy.

    I really like it, excellent build quality, pickups are good. Since the pics, during a string change, I have put on some stew-mac compensated brass saddles which have sweetened the intonation nicely, also the straight steel saddles gave a little too much 'edge' for my taste, the brass seems to bring out the best in the pickups. Weight is surprisingly very reasonable, doesn't feel especially heavier than my ash bodied Tele.

    Quite tricky to photograph accurately, the hue of the wood seems to morph depending on the light.


  2. bloomz

    bloomz Tele-Holic

    Who could criticize that? I think it's exactly the tele I want.

  3. DelayneDeluxe

    DelayneDeluxe TDPRI Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    If Ibanez made a tele.... Then that's what it'd look like. Nice guitar but IMHO that bridge would be the first to go.

  4. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    This is the one I'm Jonesin' for!

  5. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2012
    Bloody gorgeous Howard! nice one

  6. DelayneDeluxe

    DelayneDeluxe TDPRI Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    I agree with that. The gold hardware is sexy. Very nice.

  7. VoxPodio

    VoxPodio TDPRI Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    I have the same guitar as the one shown above. But mine is in a pretty sorry state. Good playin' tho. ;)



  8. Tele_Audiodemon

    Tele_Audiodemon Tele-Meister

    Dec 31, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I have two Japanese Fender Telecasters at the moment, but have owned a few others too that I've since sold.

    I have a 1982 JV Model, basically a 52 reissue but it has a Rosewood fingerboard which gives it a very different look. Not sure if it's all original from the factory that way. It's always hard to find out details about some of those 1980s Japanese guitars. The neck pickup in this guitar can create the best warm and thick clean Tele guitar sound I've ever heard. I love it.

    I also own a 1997 Fender Japan Telecaster '72 Reissue Thinline. Also a great guitar.

  9. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Apr 16, 2007
    North Bushey, England.
    I have a Fender Japan TL52-US, bought from John Blackman at Far East Guitars of Essex, England. The attached pic is from his website. Lovely guitar with Fender USA Original Vintage pickups; also an upgraded (i.e. proper) switch and tone cap. Plays beautifully and sounds terrific. The neck and action are particularly impressive. Some UK members may have seen me using it at the London TDPRI get-togethers.

    I also own two Japanese non-Fender Telecasters (Oh yes they are!!!). One is a 1980s ESP 400-series, currently wearing Tonerider Hot Classics, which is probably the nicest to play of my six Teles altogether, though it's a damn close-run thing. The other is a fairly new MIJ Tokai Breezysound in rosewood veneer over swamp ash. At present it has the stock pickups but they're a bit so-so and I might upgrade them at some stage, possibly to Nocasters.

    I have reason to believe that my MIJ Fender is actually a Tokai build. Whatever, the quality is unimpeachable.

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  10. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2013

    Here's my TLC-62B from 1985. My No. 1 since I bought it in 1989.

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  11. Little Chubs

    Little Chubs TDPRI Member

    Apr 6, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    I have a 95' MIJ telecaster. It is black with a black pickguard. I love it. It is in the shop getting the nut replaced, but I'll post a pic when I get it back.

  12. Wileyone

    Wileyone Tele-Holic

    Dec 10, 2011
    Right Coast

  13. extrmcloseupguy

    extrmcloseupguy TDPRI Member

    Jan 19, 2013
    JD Jerry Donahue

    Here's my Japan JD Signature Tele

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  14. BMusic

    BMusic Tele-Meister

    Oct 1, 2010
    Woodland Hills, CA


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  15. wulfman

    wulfman TDPRI Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Beijing China
    Here is my Greco Super Real tele, likely a 1981 made by Fujigen before they started making the JV Fenders:

  16. dmarcus30

    dmarcus30 Tele-Holic

    I have a double-bound '62 MIJ reissue. I didn't like the little frets and the previous owner wore cheap cologne and it had sweated into the 'board. So I sold everything but the body and made a killer Esquire.
    I had some trepidation about the poly finish and resonance, but it sounded good and when I put the Musikraft neck on it, I used a neck bolt kit and the whole guitar just rings like a bell.
    I think the bolts, plus a chunky quartersawn maple neck (rosewood 'board) has resulted in really amazing resonance and tone transfer from the neck into the body. Callaham bridge and saddles help, too!
    I really love the way it looks and the way it plays. It's my # 1 now.

  17. Tele_Audiodemon

    Tele_Audiodemon Tele-Meister

    Dec 31, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    MIJ vs CIJ

    Details here on Fender Japan MIJ vs CIJ.

    I own several MIJ models including a few 1982 JV models which are stunning. I also own a few CIJ models.

    Every Japanese guitar I've played, including Fender, Fernandes, Epiphone, Gretsch, Greco, Orville, and Burny have all been fantastic guitars.

    The quality is really top notch. MIJ vs CIJ really has no build quality differences, but the earlier MIJ models, especially from the 1980s are more expensive/valuable.

  18. mally

    mally Tele-Meister

    Feb 1, 2013
    runcorn cheshire uk
    THIS ONE m.i.j.

  19. daniel o

    daniel o Tele-Meister

    Aug 13, 2011

    I have one of these,,,,,love it. my first guitar actually. plays great,,,wouldn't trade it for anything.

    Do you have the original pickups in it?

  20. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

    CIJ Aerodyne Tele - 3rd from the left.

    Fantastic guitar!!

    P90 style neck PU, carved top.

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