Owned a MIJ telecaster, CIJ mustang and MiJ mustang. All great well crafted guitars. You do get a thick finish and crumby electronics i.e. pick ups, pots and wiring should be reworked in my opinion. It has been said that Fender stopped importing the Japanese models both squire and Fender in the late 80s early 90s due to the craftsmanship being better than the American counterparts of the time. In todays market you can't beat an American made tele in my opinion every one I've touched has been great as far as craftsmanship and you won't have to upgrade the crappy electronics. If I find a good deal on a Japanese telecaster I would grab it though.Yesterday I went to used guitar shop near me and they had gotten in a MIJ 62 Reissue Telecaster made in 1988 or 1989 according to the clerk. I got to try it and it sounded really good and felt comfortable in my hands. I’ve also been looking into either tracking down a used American original 60s Telecaster or even seeing if I can get my hands on one of the Heritage series Telecasters that are exclusive to the Japanese domestic market. Have any of you tried the models that were kept exclusive to Japan? I also heard the American original series is being discontinued and that might pose a problem.