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Year of MIJ Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Twobobstunes, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Twobobstunes

    Twobobstunes TDPRI Member

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    After quite a few years of asking, I was finally able to get my friend to come off this 69 Thinline Telecaster reissue. 20171003_163557.jpg The serial on the bridge comes up as 85-86. I had always assumed it was an early to mid 90s reissue like a couple of MIJ Stratocasters I have. I was wandering if it is in fact 85-86.
     
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  2. titan uranus

    titan uranus TDPRI Member

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    36.395884, -78.710617

  3. Twobobstunes

    Twobobstunes TDPRI Member

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    Yes, he was told it was a 92 or something when he bought it in 94. I just want to make sure what I found was right.
     
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  4. superbadj

    superbadj Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 26, 2008
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    As has been posted a thousand times, the A-serial-number bridge place isn't useful for dating. Those were used for many years, on both MIJ and CIJ Fenders.

    If you don't have a serial number elsewhere (neck usually) or a date written on the butt-end of the neck, there's no way to identify the date it the parts were made. Certainly there's no way to know if it is or isn't an '85. I would check: was that model even available in '85?
     

  5. superbadj

    superbadj Poster Extraordinaire

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    To be clear, the "thousand times" bit wasn't directed at you. I am just clarifying that I'm not exactly breaking news with that info.
     
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  6. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    Apr 15, 2005
    UK
    That's right. From 1985 to 2006, to be precise, on most Re-issue MIJ/CIJ Teles (TL52, TL62, TL69, TL71, JD, etc).

    If it just says: "Made In Japan" at the base of the neck, with no serial number below, I'd take the neck off and check for a date on this Thinline.
     

  7. Twobobstunes

    Twobobstunes TDPRI Member

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    I'll probably pop the neck off next time I change the strings.
     

  8. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    Nice guitar
    I've owned a few MIJ strats over the years, but never a tele. Held one once, passed on it, went back for it but it was gone. Wasn't meant to be I guess.
    But, I digress...yes; dating these instruments can be imprecise.
     

  9. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Detroit
    Be forewarned though if you have never seen a date written on the end of a made in Japan neck.

    They can be extremely small and lightly written.

    I had a Sunburst Japanese 50s Tele of some kind ( never tried to get fluent in their codes ) and if you didn't use a magnifying glass and a lamp it was really hard to see.
     
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  10. Twobobstunes

    Twobobstunes TDPRI Member

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    I'm going to have to check again next string change.
     

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