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MIJ Stratocaster Find

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Maicobmw, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Maicobmw

    Maicobmw TDPRI Member

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    I've been curious about the MIJ Fenders for some time, so I am really pleased to have found this 1991 Fujigen factory '62 reissue Stratocaster. Stock as far as I know except for Fralin pickups, various small dings and scratches on the body but the neck and fretboard are pretty clean. The first sunburst I've owned of any kind for no particular reason. Very impressed with the playability and tone not to mention the build quality. A keeper.

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  2. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Looks good!
     
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    mfguitar Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    That is a nice burst! Also dig the MIJ guitars.
     
  4. smoothrecluse

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    That’s clean!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    netgear69 Tele-Afflicted

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    Very Nice Indeed
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not a strat guy, but love MIJ stuff and Fralin are my pickups of choice. How do they sound in a strat?
     
  8. Maicobmw

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    I have a Telecaster with Fralins too, so they were a big selling point with the Strat. They sound predictably magnificent, much better than the stock pickups in my 2019 AP Strat.
     
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    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I have one of the 68 RIs - they are great guitars
     
  10. CapnCrunch

    CapnCrunch Friend of Leo's

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    I had a MIJ 62 reissue in Shell Pink. Cool guitar. It threatened my masculinity though so I moved it on.:lol:
     
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    HNGD
     
  12. Old Plank

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    That's a beauty, Congrats! Sunburst Strats are the best, classic; and that's a nice dark rich fretboard. I too am a Fralin p/u fan.
     
  13. fugazi39

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    I just bought a 1996 62RI, looks very similar to that one. Mine had Tex-Mex pickups to replace the crappy stock ceramic pickups that are OEM. I've never understood why Fender Japan would put those stinky pickups in such a well made guitar. Oh, well.

    The rosewood on my '96 is the darkest I've ever had on a guitar, and I've had a lot. It also has the real specs for the body shape and plays fantastic. HNGD.
     
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    Great stuff!
     
  15. teleplayr

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    MIJ Fender's are great guitars.

    Like some of the posters have stated the main flaw (if any) are the pickups and wiring. Some MIJ's come with MIA pick-ups stock.

    I swapped out the pick-ups and switch on my MIJ '62 Tele w/Bigsby with Duncans and it really came alive!

    The bodies & necks on the MIJ's can't be beat. When I first tried mine out the neck shape was exactly the shape of a '66 vintage Tele I once owned, that alone sold me.

    With the mod's I did to mine I can honestly say that I'll never sell it. I've gone through several Tele's over the years (MIM & MIA), but my MIJ Tele is here to stay.
     
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    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I have one too, it's actually a '67 reissue. They called it a '68 back at the time, but the headstock is more like a 67. Really really nice pickups in those, I believe they're American-made pickups. Very nice Sunburst as well, like the OP Strat, and a super thin neck that's fun to play on after playing a fat neck. Also a maple-capped neck, with no skunk stripe. The model number is ST-67, but it was marketed at Guitar Center as a '68 reissue. I bought mine new in 1988.
     
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    That’s it to a Tee! I bought mine second hand in the early days of E Bay. Eventually stopped p/u’s for Texas specials.
    My go to guitar at home.
     
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    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I still remember walking into Guitar Center and it was on a stand, and my eyes instantly glued to it. Still love it, though I generally prefer thicker necks now, but I still enjoy playing it, and I love the original pickups. The only real weak point was it had a box switch that eventually failed and I replaced that with a Stew Mac Mega E switch, and I made the middle position bridge/neck. Also put the bottom tone control on the bridge pickup, which worked nice having the middle position being bridge/neck anyway.
     
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    The Fender Japan story is interesting and originally grew out of the lawsuit era when Fender sued Fuji gen (and Tokai etc) then agreed to let them keep making Fenders if the sold some to FMIC.

    The arrangement set up Fender Japan separate from but affiliated with FMIC.
    Much or most of the Fender Japan production is sold IN Japan so we never see a large portion of the line.

    We may think of a standard MIJ like there was back then a standard USA Fender but they had a wide price range, and what came to the US was mostly the cheaper models.
    AFAIK.
     
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    early 90s Fender Japan are some great guitars; congrats on a very nice Strat!!
     
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