How Fake is this Japanese Telecaster

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  1. cosmica

    cosmica TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys,

    Have you ever seen a telecaster made in japan with a headstock Fender logo like this ?
     

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  3. cosmica

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    yeah the site did this... trying to fix it, fixed it.
     

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    plroad21 Tele-Meister

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    Nothing fake about that.
     
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    It's not a "reissue" type. Just a standard Fender Japan tele.
     
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  7. cosmica

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    So you said this ain't a reissue, I took the neck off and took some pictures as you can see below, so in this case what is ? and what does tl-520M mean ? i have seen a lot of tl-52s but not tl-520M
     

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  8. Tonetele

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    Japanese Fenders are superior quality. IMHO
     
  9. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    Mij fenders have their own way of doing model numbers.
    Looks ligit to me.
     
  10. cosmica

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    Thanks a lot for the reply. The reason I asked this, is because I saw that all Fender TL-STD japan have a logo on the headstock similar to what I have and that the 52 reissue's do not have that type of logo. So thanks for clearing it out, to my understanding this is probably some inconsistency in the product line or probably it's something different not a normal 52 telecaster from 1995-1996 since it has a U in the beginning of the serial number.
     
  11. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

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    That is the common wisdom, but for the last 15 years or so, the Mexican ones have seemed better quality, to me.
     
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    It's real!
     
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    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    +1. I have a '14 classic 50's tele and at the same time *had* a MIJ 62 custom. Both great build quality but the MIM eclipsed it with build quality that is second to none. literal perfection. I still have the MIM and it wwill go to the grave with me. The MIJ by the way sounded bad. tried different pups, hardware, just did not sound very good. As you said, that was true back then but like many things that get said online a trillion times, even when it changes people continue to say it. theres not a lot of mediocre fender style guitars around today even at budget prices. Things have come a long ways and IMO japan is no longer special compared to anything else till you get below maybe $300.
     
  14. burntfrijoles

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    I've never bought or played a MIJ Tele but I did purchase a MIJ Stratocaster from Ishibashi around 10 years ago. It was around $600+ (including shipping). Honestly it wasn't very impressive. I would compare it to a Squier Strat in terms of quality.
    I know that folks speak of the quality of the Japan Fenders from the 80s and I assume it's true and perhaps that quality continued through the 90's but I would never take a chance on a MIJ today. Perhaps the higher end models are better but, when I purchased mine, I would have been far better off with an MIM and saved a few bucks as well.
     
  15. Paul G.

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    I used to make it a point to play MIJ Teles at every guitar show I went to. The lore is that they are very, very desirable.

    Meh.

    Not one of them was anything special, if you ask me.

    And the prices inflated because of the MIJ or CIJ sticker.

    P.
     
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    just bought a 2007 American Standard. I just need to know for sure that it's legit. evertthing checks out. one thing bothers me though. There's a slight gap where the neck meets the body. is this common?
    Man, i LOVE this guitar - and I'm praying someone tells me I'm good.
     
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    I want a fake MIJ Tele said no one to anybody, ever.
     
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    I've never heard of a TL-520M. I have two TL-52 guitars, but I haven't seen nor can I find evidence of a TL-520M anywhere. Kinda makes me wonder.
     
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    Thank you for your contribution. OP was asking if people were familiar with the guitar in question, not opinions on whether MIJ guitars are good or not. But don't let the actual subject of the thread stop you.
     
  20. RoyalEnfield

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    The Japanese Fender factory ceased production for Fender on 1 April 2015. I found this out by chance. I like the MIJ products, the few that I've played and the one that I own. Unusually it wasn't immaculately set up as most MIJ products are but my local guitar store did a superb job of setting it up. I guess if you know that you're going to lose your job and that the factory is shutting down then a few things will slip...
     
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