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MatthewK

Tele-Holic
Joined
Jul 29, 2009
Posts
697
Location
Hobart, Australia
That store is actually where I live, in Hobart … I’ve seen a lot of retailers and online sellers cut corners to pretend the A serial means the same on a Telecaster as it does on a Strat, but Fender Japan used those A stamped bridges right into the 2000s as documented by neck dates, “Crafted in Japan” labels, and so on. I have an A serial Jazzmaster which is definitely that 1984-5 period but the serial is stamped into the neckplate. Other models round that time have it under the logo on the headstock or under the ”MADE IN JAPAN” on the neck heel, it’s just the Telecasters which have this super ambiguous bridge plate.
 

Sax-son

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Mar 20, 2019
Posts
2,250
Age
70
Location
Three Rivers, CA
Normally they are great guitars. I have one now and the only weak area is the electronics, but I changed that all out on mine and it is incredible now.
 

teleplayr

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Feb 7, 2012
Posts
2,191
Location
Nicoma Park, Oklahoma
I have a 1994-95 MIJ Custom Telecaster w/Bigsby and you're right the electronics were lacking.

I kept all the original parts and built another control panel w/Orange Drop cap & Duncan pick-ups and a 4 way.

It's a fantastic guitar now!
 




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