'80s Made In Japan/MIJ Telecaster years? NGD w/ pics

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  1. sneakyjapan

    sneakyjapan Poster Extraordinaire

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    Why did they use those black gaskets?... Who knows...did F/USA ever use them?. Some of my FJs have em, some don`t. Really hard to say why Fender Japan does anything, they march to their own drummer here. I suppose we could try to find a pattern for them...models...years...that kind of thing, by taking a census of guitars members here own...or not.
     
  2. tpaul

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    I'd guess to keep the neck plate from messing up the finish underneath... same reason they put the little felt gaskets under the strap buttons... ???
     
  3. savofenno

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    Several MIJ Fenders do have USA pups stock. Tex Mex and Texas Specials seem to be popular in Teles and Strats.:cool:

    http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/u_box/e/ubox.cgi?wildkeys7=F*&word=2&print=40&T=gazo&caria=&p=0

    http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/u_box/e/...nt=1&keys2=shinjuku@ishibashi.co.jp&tid=list3

    http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/u_box/e/...t=1&keys2=tsudanuma@ishibashi.co.jp&tid=list3

    Links to individual guitars can disappear when a guitar has been sold, but 1st link is main page, it should always be found.:cool:
     
  4. sneakyjapan

    sneakyjapan Poster Extraordinaire

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    yeah US p`ups but MIJ electronics.
     
  5. bugo

    bugo Tele-Holic

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    Here are some pictures of the neck and neck joint in my Tele:
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    It has an A0xxx serial number. Made in Japan. My guess is that it's an 85 model but the serial numbers aren't a reliable indicator of date of manufacture, so I could be wrong.
     
  6. Telenut62

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    .....a Sen ash body with an A in the pocket :eek:.......take a pic of the electrics...see if they are US or Japanese
     
  7. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Tele-Meister

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    Oops... I bet you regret that one ...:cry:
     
  8. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Now what exactly do you find wrong with the MADE IN JAPAN ?

    .... and what makes you think the neck was refinished?
     
  9. bugo

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    I assume you were referring to my post...anyway I have a new switch coming in, when I get it and take it apart I'll get some photos. Do I need to take pictures of the pickups or just the pots?
     
  10. bugo

    bugo Tele-Holic

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    What is the significance of the "A" in the pocket?
     
  11. Volitan

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    MIJ 62 is on top of my GAS list...selling my G&L Goldtop to pay for one :D
     
  12. sneakyjapan

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    I`ve seen FJs with a lot of different letters stamped in the pockets...nobody really knows what they mean, different factories built em so could just be internal codes ...or not.
    To see the electronics all you need to do is unscrew 2 screws and take the control plate out, turn it on it`s side on a rag so as not to scratch the finish and snap some pics...should take no more than 5 minutes.
     
  13. Telenut62

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    Nothing much, just might mean you have a nitro body for a start :rolleyes:
     
  14. Piotr

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    A really nice guitar. Double binding, mmm... ;) Would consider changing the electronics, though, the pickups especially.
     
  15. edodo

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    I would say made after 87 and before 98. MIJ from the golden era have serials
     
  16. rolling56

    rolling56 Friend of Leo's

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    Sorry, i just took it you were the go to guy for Japan Fender guitars here at TDPRI. Forgot all about posting in this thread till now. Old age don'tcha know :lol:

    My strat with the black gasket thing serial is for a '88 or '89 so the Fender site says. I have never had the neck off. Great playing guitar though. I had an earlier 80's one but sold it because i was hungry......

    My MIJ strat is a lefty if that matters.......
     
  17. Post Toastie

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    My MIJ mid 80s Squier Tele has the black gasket below the neck plate.
     
  18. Caffeine Patrol

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    I've had my '80s MIJ for awhile, but I remember having trouble with the jack at some point. Did you look to see if the body is drilled/routed for a cup-style jack? I ask because I've seen a Fernandes Tele Custom style with the surface-mounted jack plate, and I was wondering if you might have a MIJ Fender neck on a Fernandes body. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.
     
  19. bugo

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    Are they US or Japanese?
     
  20. sneakyjapan

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    looks Japanese to me...that switch is common. Full size pots...used before they changed to the tiny stuff I see on CIJs...all my `80s FJs have full size pots and steel switches.
     
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