A Glimpse of Things to Come

October 2, 2013



  1. Ivan says:

    That strat!! Take my money

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:01 am
  2. Todd says:

    So Fender Japan coming to USA? At PGS?

    LOVE IT!! and hope that this isn’t an early April fools thing :)

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:35 am
  3. Ernest says:

    That blue tele tho!!!! On,y if there was an american version…

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 8:29 am
  4. Freddy says:

    Chartreuse green-what a beautiful colour. That Telecaster is nice too.

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 8:32 am
  5. Todd says:

    This is what makes this cool. Japanese Fenders come in colors and with options not found in MIA and MIM guitars. My understanding is in the past the only way to get one of these is by hopping on a plane to Tokyo and bring it back. Or pay big bucks for a broker to ship it.

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 8:37 am
  6. Steve says:

    The way of the world ...

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:09 am
  7. Chris says:


    posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:52 am
  8. 57Stratman says:

    OMG!! I so want one of the semi-hollow Strats!!!

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:24 am
  9. 57Stratman says:

    It sure would be nice, for those of us that don’t speak Japanese, if you would be gracious enough to upload some English speaking videos concerning these fine instruments… Just sayin’...

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:46 am
  10. Donny Danger says:

    I used to travel internationally for business and I think I’ve been in that guitar shop, if it is one of the main ones in Tokyo.  It was so cool in the 90’s when they still distributed Fender Japan models actively in the USA.  Loved playing them in GC in a side by side comparison with the American stuff.  Wish I would’ve bought more of ‘em when I had the chance.  After the kibosh I did however notice whenever I was in London that they continued to actively sell the Japanese product over there though, (more so than the Mexican stuff I think… probably due to shipping cost I could guess).  Well, hoping we will be seeing some sub-$1K gleaming treasures showing up on these shores via Portland in the near future… I’ll take them over the $3K+ USA stuff and swap the pickups out all day long.

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  11. Jonathan says:

    Semi hollow strat.  Like the old Tele thinline of the same ilk.  What would people think of a full hollow Strat or “true” jazz jazzmaster?  Has that been done?

    posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm
  12. Blackie James says:

    These demo guys suck at guitar playing and the sound is awful.  I personally will pay the extra money for American made and if I want Japanese made junk I’ll go on eBay and find an old Teisco or something like that. No Thanks, Joe.

    posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:34 am
  13. Evan says:

    I wonder if these be priced in between the MIM and USA versions?

    posted on October 3, 2013 at 3:47 am
  14. 57Stratman says:

    Evan, they typically are a little more expensive than your average MIM, but not as exensive as your standard MIA’s.

    posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:42 am
  15. 57Stratman says:

    I have American Strats that I bought off of 2 different players that both stated that they actually preferred the neck carve on the Japanese Strats over the American versions. I don’t own any MIJ Fenders, so I can’t agree or disagree with their convictions, but there it is. I own now or have owned both MIA and MIM Strats and Teles, and although I typically upgrade the wiring and pickups in my MIM guitars, I really think the quality of the wood and finish is there, and with the price point being way lower than the MIA models, even with the upgrades, they’re still less expensive than the MIA versions. I read an article a while back, in Vintage Guitar magazine, about a professional Blues guy that uses Squier guitars. He finds one with the quality of wood/build/finish that he’s looking for, and then guts it, and puts in the pickups, tuners and electronics that he prefers. He claimed (and to a point I agree) that if the wood is good, everything else can be upgraded to make a cost effective and road usable guitar. Myself, I have taken to buying used guitars off of Ebay and Craigs list, that way I get the MIA models I want, without having to pay retail prices. For instance, this last January I bought a brand new American Vintage 1959 reissue Strat in faded Sonic Blue, for $1495.00 with free shipping. They’re retailing for $2299.00… $800.00 still in my pocket. Look around, there are deals out there to be had.

    posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:10 am
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  17. Tim Spillane says:

    Man oh man…that Thinline Tele with the humbuckers and the trembar is to DIE for!

    posted on October 8, 2013 at 7:28 am
  18. Alan Veil says:

    This will be a good thing having Japanese-made Strats more available. In general I agree w/ other comments that, as far as the wood & build, it’s cheaper to buy a MIM or MIJ Strat & upgrade it. I don’t, however, understand this obsession w/ Strats or Tele’s that have received this “relic” treatment. They are, IMO, inferior to the Deluxe models, which are cheaper ($1699 vs. $2200 to $5000) and IMO far better guitars, as they have a compound-radius FB (9.5”-14” on mine), locking tuners, & LSR roller nuts. My only real problem w/the Fender Deluxe is that they’ve moved away from using high-end Lace Sensors & are now installing these N3 noiseless PUs, which I don’t like—they’re far too weak and plinky-sounding.
    What puzzles me even more are these relic guitars where the paint-job has been deliberately blotched to make it look as if the top finish has been partly eroded-away. First of all, it’s fake! People hold-on to such genuinely old guitars not because of how they look but in spite of how they look because of how well they play & sound! But to buy a guitar that’s just been “treated” to look this way…well, I don’t understand it & I think they look crappy & I can’t imagine that they actually play or sound better than a similar non-relic-treated model. It’s a gimmick, IMO. But each to his own—if such models please you, hey—it’s your money! But you don’t see many (if any) other companies doing this. If Fender wants to make more expensive models, it should offer things like binding, tilt-back headstocks, abalone or MOP inlays, high-end PUs, & some different wood options, like ebony fretboards, & some different body woods & bridge options. I can’t imagine many people have $4000 in todays economy to buy a pseudo-vintage guitar.

    posted on October 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  19. 57Stratman says:

    To Mr. Alan Veil: I totally agree with you concerning the so called “Relic” guitars, I just don’t get the whole concept. Why would I want to spend $4,000.00 + for a custom shop instrument that looks like its been abused for the last 50 years. Even when I’m looking to buy a used guitar, I want to find one that’s in as good condition as I can find, and if I found a vintage guitar that was in too bad of condition, I’d treat it to a professional refinish. If the guitar looks like a brand new guitar, does that mean it’ll play better, or sound better? No, not neccessarily, but the finish is there to protect the wood, and if you value your instrument, you’ll take care of it. I’ve seen pictures of Stevie Ray standing on his guitar, and banging it on the stage! Well to each his own, but I LOVE my guitars, and I DON’T treat them with disrespect. I buy a hard case for each and every one of my babies, and my personal philosophy is “You take care of the case, and the case will take care of the guitar.” Also, I’ve noticed when I go to other web sites that deal in high end guitars, the so-called “New Old Stock” and “Closet Classic” models are selling before the “Relics” and “Heavy Relics.” What does that tell you???

    posted on October 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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  21. Jonathan says:

    A relic’d guitar seems like a silly idea; given how industrial these instruments are (Fender’s approach to bolt-on efficient design versus old-world craftsmanship like Gibsons and Martins and all), get a beater off eBay, pay to have it set up and the pickups freshened up, put the old ratty covers on them if you want, and voila!  A sleeper: a Volvo with a mustang engine, if you want! Instant “well-played” but decently operative gem for about a hundred bucks.  But if you have the money, and have saved for retirement and given to the poor and supported your church and are at peace with all things then by all means, spend $4k on a worn out brand-new guitar.  The argument for a high-priced visual jalopy is lost on most budget- restrained players: all my instruments are low-cost workhorse instruments that show honest wear-and-tear., and of course, the scars of my own relentless tinkering.

    posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm
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