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MIJ Strats what to look for?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Sacdubro, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    I'm going to take a look at a MIJ Strat later today at a Pawn Shop. What do I need know other than the basic condition? Also, are the values of these comparable to the MIM or MIA?
     
  2. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

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    Jul 25, 2006
    LaGrange, GA
    I take a smart phone.... Then I can step out and check on the value once I have more details in person.
     
  3. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

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    Jul 25, 2006
    LaGrange, GA
    I bought and old Musicmaster bass for $150 once and fixed her up.... I sold it for $500.
     
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  5. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    Look at some on ebay and you can get an idea of price and what to look for in more expensive models. My son has a "contemporary" japanese strat. These do not bring as much money as some of the other models, but are great guitars.
     
  6. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    If it does not come with a hard case already, once you hammer them as low as you can on price, see if they will throw in a hard case.
     
  7. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    The only details I have so far is its blk/wht with maple neck $300. I'll bring my mobile to post more details once I'm there, thanks!
     
  8. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    Are there particular years to avoid?
     
  9. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
  10. joshote

    joshote Tele-Meister

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    Oct 24, 2010
    Camarillo Ca
    I bought the same guitar ('ceptin it was white with rosewood fretboard) off ebay 10 or so years ago. It had the same trem system. I have modified it by installing a standard tremolo and repainting the body. It is a great guitar. The neck is really nice, and even has some flame in the maple. The pickups will probably be ceramic. I really like how they sound...a little higher output than normal strat pickups. The tuners are super stable.
    It it feels right, you can't go wrong.
     
  11. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    Would this be a better choice that a MIM Standard? I'm not interested in making too many mods.
     
  12. vincent

    vincent Tele-Holic

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    Jul 22, 2007
    Big Rapids, Michigan
    I like the quality of the MIJ guitars. Electronics may need replaced but usually worth the effort. Depends on the price.
     
  13. bob1234

    bob1234 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 22, 2013
    Michigan
    300$ for a MIJ fender is a STEAL lol. As long as everything functions well, you really cant go wrong for 300$. They are selling for 4-600$ on ebay all day, sometimes more.
     
  14. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    Some thoughts , a lot of the MIJ Fender guitars that were sold in the USA have basswood bodies, so they are lightweight, but they are not the traditional Alder or Ash like USA MIM Fenders ( I know , some MIM Fenders were Poplar for a while!

    The electronics are ok, they generally used the smaller dime size pots and the cheaper enclosed switches. Pickups are usually good, even the single coils with the single bar magnet on the back sound good.

    A LOT of people think that the MIJ 50s and 60s and 70s RI Strats are better guitars than the newer MIM equivalents, but I've had both and I think the MIM guitars are just as well made, plus they have better electronics.

    There are different MIJ Fenders too, they made Squiers, Std Strats (which have sealed tuners, the narrower spaced trem bridges) and the RI style 50s, 60s and 70s versions.

    Some are marked Made in Japan, others say Crafted in Japan.

    I'm mostly talking about the MIJ Fender Strats, you don't see a lot of MIJ Teles around for some reason.

    The MIJ Fernandes Teles are real nice guitars , especially the older ones with the correct headstock shape.
     
  15. ZZB3

    ZZB3 Tele-Holic

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    Apr 17, 2009
    Salem, Oregon
    I have a 84-87 MIJ Squire that is a wonderful guitar.
     
  16. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    [​IMG]I went by to check this MIJ Squire and I just didn't bond with it. I'm sure it could the right fit for someone else though. Thank you all for your input and knowledge of these instruments. There may be one in my future given the right fit.

    All was not lost today though. I went over to GC to check-out their "Pre-owned" selection and this one came home with me.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8342454@N03/10486931814/

    It's a 2012 American Standard with CS Fat 50's. I'll post a few more photos in a NGD Post.
     
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