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Bass 6 , to Typical wear on a ‘s Fender maple fingerboard. Fingerboard Material Maple fingerboard, s: This was the standard neck on all models until when the Jazzmaster was introduced with a rosewood fingerboard; the rest of the Fender models changed to rosewood fingerboards in mid Rosewood fingerboard, “Slab” Brazilian , to That is, the bottom of the fingerboard was flat and the board was fairly thick. A picture of a slab board neck as seen from the “butt” of the neck can be seen in this picture. Also shown is the difference between reissue and original slab board necks. The Musicmaster family also used slab fingerboards usually Indian rosewood for about a year from Sept to Oct

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Our goal is to have the most comprehensive, up-to-date database listing possible but to achieve that we need your help! So please add your Tokai in the Registry because more information about these guitars is a benefit to us all. Not only can it help us determine when a specific guitar was manufactured, it can help us clarify which are Tokai Fender copies and those that fall under the Made in Korea serial number schemes.

(Ver. ) The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the .

This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the ‘maker’ of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell. Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely.

Some manufacturers merged or changed hands over the years which added to the confusion, sometime merging with another maker, only to pick up their name later. In some cases a manufacturer would farm out production to various manufacturers, making it still more difficult to know who made the guitar in your hands. Parts from other guitars would be used in the making of a particular badge for a period of time because it was all the manufacturer had to hand And sometimes, the guitar which is supposed to be an MIJ guitar is actually made elsewhere Korea, Indonesia because production was moved during this period in history.

This page is a work in progress and as new information is revealed it will be added to the list. But I can’t do this alone, folks.

Fender Japan Guitar Serial Numbering (Pres.)

This is a very quick history, and mostly from memory, so take it all with a grain of salt and try to verify what you can from other sources. However, every attempt has been made to provide only verifiable and true information, in an attempt to set the record straight and dispell some modern “myths” about Ibanez model guitars. They were not forgeries, as they were never sold with misleading logos or with the intent to deceive.

Due to their high quality, Ibanez guitars and those made under other brands, such as Greco and Aria, quickly earned a reputation around the world as quality instruments at a great value. There is a form of urban legend that circulates in the guitar community that has many variations, but usually involves either Gibson or Fender suing Ibanez, Aria, or some other Japanese manufacturer, with the intent to stop that company from manufacturing superior copies.

The truth is less glamourous.

This is the story of the Fender Mustang electric guitar. This story was compiled from many articles with information about the Fender Mustang guitar, contributions from readers like you, and my ownership of various Fender Mustangs over the years.

Choose the Fender Serial Number: Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses. There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, between and , and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted. While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.

The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced. Given the modular nature of Fender’s production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.

So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.

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The first Fender solidbody model, the Esquire , lasted in name only from June to October This model name was replaced by the “Broadcaster”, which lasted in name only from the October to January All Broadcasters have truss rods, where many Esquires often have no truss rod. In Gretsch had trademarked the name “BroadKaster” for a line of drums. After advertising the Broadcaster in music trade papers in February 20, , Gretsch took notice and sent Fender a telegram asking them to change their name.

The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments. Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.

Tweet on Twitter From one perspective, flamenco and heavy metal might seem as far apart as the sun and the moon, but if you think about the hyperbolic emotion involved in both genres, there is a certain spritual connection. Born in East L. Growing up in a guitar-oriented culture, Mr. Rico came from a guitar household. His father, Bernardo Mason Rico, was a guitar-maker, with a shop where he built guitars, vihuelos, requintos, bajo sextos and other instruments for the Mexican-oriented musicians in L.

He also sold guitarmaking parts through the mail. Rico began playing guitar at an early age, as primarily a flamenco and classical guitarist. I got to meet all the players coming through, including young Paco de Lucia and Montoya.

Fender Japan (JV, MIJ, CIJ) Guitar Brand History

Best Jump on these while they are still here and available!! The values have drifted a little measure about. In fact, I have sold over a dozen or so of these over the past year and these examples are by far the cleanest I have seen in a long time!! Gauranteed to work upon arrival! Please mail with any questions. So this It is the reason it was prematurely retired years ago.

A note on identification. While the first Yngwie Strat model () is distinct from the others in that it has a small, 50’s style headstock and a two-point tremolo, the later two redesigns, launched in and , are less easily distinguished.

But the truth is that the color itself is not a factor to block away UV radiation. But absorbing the light energy does not mean filtering the UV away. In the one minute clip below you will see how black absorbs more light energy and has higher temperature. White and fair colors reflect the light. When you see a black shirt, it means most of the light was absorbed and very little was reflected.

But color is only one of the factors a fabric has. Fabric content, color dye, weight and weave all have affect on UV protection. A loose weave fabric will have less UV protection compared to a dense weave fabric. Wearing a white shirt will block UVB rays as much as a red, blue or black shirt. UVB are skin burns UV rays. UVA are the longer sun UV radiation waves and they can penetrate many fabrics, no mater of their color.

UV protective level of clothes and fabrics is done in a laboratory, where UV rays are beamed at the fabrics from one side, and UV sensors on the other side record the amount that penetrated through.

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These models were Fender models and not Squier models. The stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed and were made for the Japanese market only and not for export. The Squier series were also made available for the Japanese market in October , which incorporated small changes compared to the export Squier series. The large Fender logo of the export Squier series was soon changed to a large Squier logo.

The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender’s genius was in .

Don’t let anyone try to convince you that there is a Strat Plus, they just did not exist. It was owned by a former Fender employee who recently passed away. The strings, I am certain, were the original from 87, as they were rusty and hard to pull through the nut. I have owned ‘s of Strat Plus’, as well as helping s of people to identify their guitars. I also saw where Shell Pink was listed as an available color from Fender in color code 56 but not in any of the Strat Plus brochures.

This is the oldest Strat Plus I have come across yet, as it came off the assembly-line July 27th, ! Scroll up to see John’s Custom Shop work log. The backs of the pickups do not even have any stickers with the part or patent numbers. Instead they are hand scribed most likely done by Jeff Lace when in high school. The numbers on the pickups indicate the order which they were manufactured!

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About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music.

Find out all you need to know need to know about the best and most rare vintage guitars from the Sixties! Besides bigger brands such as Fender and Gibson, several smaller brands flourished in this decade, and names such as Airline, Supro, Teisco and Hagstrom are today very desirable.

A warm welcome to you. It is our pleasure to share these information. However, because there are no official history on these companies, they are written to the best of our knowledge and experience. We too are learning as we progress and would ask for you to use these information at your own discretion. If you know of additional information or any errors, please help us as well as others reading from our site by writing in to us. Background of Burny Both Burny and Fernandes are the same company.

Fernandes started off first in the 70’s making Fender replicas. The brand Burny was birth later by Fernandes as the division that made Gibson replicas. To date, both Fernandes and Burny are still making guitars just like their Tokai counterparts. When it began in the 70’s, there were no problems with copyright issues. This saga only surfaced a decade later in the mid 80’s when Fender and Gibson felt that their empire was threatened.

To avoid the copyright war, Fernandes began to make changes to certain parts of their design like truss rod cover, shape etc.

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