Un-American?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by skingsford, May 12, 2021.

  1. skingsford

    skingsford TDPRI Member

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    I love my Tele.
    I have an early 60s Gibson ES330, a Gretsch single cut Jet, a PRS and three excellent strats amongst others, but my 1982 Japanese Tele is my go-to guitar. I have had a couple of American and Mexican Fender Telecasters and I wanted to love them, but it just didn't happen. My Japanese Tele is perfect in every way... and it's a Squier!
     
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  2. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Do what works. I like my builds better than my Fenders based on what I pick up first. Made in the UK is best!
     
  3. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    I dig my Japanese tele and strat

    I wouldn’t say they are better than the recent USA fenders such as the American vintage/American original series but they are definitely comparable
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Play what you like.
    I’ve owned a couple MIJ Strats and they were nice.
    I see you are in Australia.
    Does Maton make electric guitars?
     
  5. lowatter

    lowatter Tele-Holic

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    My '95 Mexican "Squier Series" Strat works for me. Completely stock(I feel) it gives USA ones a run for their money. JMHOYMMV
     
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    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    You like what you like.
     
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  7. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    A good guitar is a good guitar. Doesn't matter where it was made.
     
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    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

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    Country of origin is not at the top of my list when buying a guitar.

    Playability, tone, and value are what I look for in a guitar.
     
  9. srblue5

    srblue5 Tele-Holic

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    Two of my best guitars are an MIM Fender and a recent Epiphone. Two of the worst guitars I’ve ever owned were American boutique/Custom Shop guitars. Doesn’t matter where they’re made, as long as they do the job and inspire you.
     
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  11. gitold

    gitold Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have 4 Japanese guitars. A Ibanez Talman with Tele styled pickups, another Talman with Strat pickups, a all korina Jazzmaster style with 2 P90s and a Tele bridge and a Gretsch 62 Duo Jet with TV Jones classics. They are all amazing instruments. 9D228241-A1F8-4C54-986D-038870E7B95A.jpeg C858F23E-BA19-4523-8655-E7006DE9B11F.jpeg 005BD063-06A3-4E94-B2A3-BF1AA6058A99.jpeg D9CF3B32-2C50-4FE9-A39E-C8BED971F330.jpeg
     
  12. aadvark

    aadvark Tele-Holic

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    G'day from a fellow Melbournian.
    I too love my MIJ guitars, especially those made c1977-82. But there are still great guitars being made there now too. Especially by the Tokai people!

    I too have a sixties ES330, what a great guitar..

    Glad you found your dream Tele.

    [re. Maton, they have made electrics over the years.
    I had a bass, but never bonded with it. Some of their old acoustics are very nice, of course.]
     
  13. Grateful Ape

    Grateful Ape Tele-Afflicted

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    You are Chuck Prophet and I claim my TimTams.
     
  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Fourteen of my twenty five instruments are MIA.
    The other eleven were made in China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia.
    All are great, and all do exactly what I require of them.
    My MIJ Gretsch Chet sounds best.
    Both my steel string acoustics were MIA.
    Both, though different from each other, are prime examples of their build type, and make me very happy.
    I’m glad that you (almost) cannot buy a bad new instrument anymore.
     
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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    In the 60s and early 70s MIJ was a crap-shoot. There were a lot of instruments imported that fell well short of the quality of offerings by American manufacturers along with some examples that were exemplary. Then along came the "Lawsuit" era and the overall quality of Japanese offerings rose to that of American counterparts. (Some say that the American guitars dropped in quality during this time as well, with some justification).

    In the case of Epiphone guitars, the MIJ Epi offerings starting in 1970 were a sharp drop off in quality to their made in Kalamazoo predecessors. Gibson relegated the Epiphone brand to a much cheaper line, but in the late 70s to the early 2000s, certain models of MIJ Epiphones, like the Elitist line, have been amazing instruments. I own a 2002 Elitist Riviera 12 string that is extremely high quality, and a 2005-2006 Sheraton that the body and neck were MIJ and then shipped to the US for finishing and US electronics. The result of that combination is a guitar that is spectacular in looks, playability and sound. So, do I like MIJ guitars? YUP! 20180518_173047.jpg
     
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  16. Cosmic Cowboy

    Cosmic Cowboy Tele-Holic

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    The era of Japanese-made guitars from the mid 70's to the late 80's was unreal. When Gibson couldn't make a decent Les Paul, there was a dozen Japanese companies making incredible LP's...at half the cost.

    There have been many players who favor their Japanese built Fender style guitars as well.
     
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    I'm hearing ya. I own a MIA Deluxe Ash tele but my go to guitar is a MIM body with aftermarket everything.
     
  18. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Afflicted

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    Define “American.” The first new car I bought was a Ford Festiva made in Korea by the company that later became Kia. I currently drive a Subaru that was made in Indiana. I have an Indonesian G&L and a Mexican Fender, both of which came from the factory with American made components. Of course, I bought all of these things from American dealers.
     
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  19. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    My first Fender, a MIJ Stratocaster, was bought in the late eighties. Every guitar I'd owned up to that point was MIA. (except a Kent Americana bought in the mid sixties) Since that first Strat, I've owned Fenders MIJ, MIA, and MIK. They've ALL been great. My PRS SE One was made in Korea, and is the most flawless guitar I've ever seen.
     
  20. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I have a MIA, 2 MIMs, 2 MIKs, 2 MICs and had a MIJ guitar for a long time. They all can pump out winners, you just have to find them.
     
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