Dating fender japan
until the new factory was built in Corona, California.
It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.
Fender “Squier” guitars were produced at the same time as the Fenders in Japan, but were madeas cheaper versions of the Fenders, to meet the demand for cheaper guitars in Japan and abroad. Fender Japan currently makes more models of Fender guitars than Fender USA does, and most of them are regular production-line models.
Fender Japan also has a Custom Shop and Order-Made division.
And then, finally, the Japanese started to manufacture their own Fender replicas under the names of such companies as Greco, Fernandes, ESP, Joo Dee, Westminster, Heerby, El Maya, and even Yamaha) so that they could enjoy what America was enjoying, but under their own terms and at theirown cost.
And most importantly, these guitars were easily available from local music shops.
Many of these models were andstill are for Japan only, and not intended for export, and are difficult to purchase direct from Japan, except through private collectors such as myself.
The Japanese are, as many of you know, masters at copying—as these guitars testify.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.
Starting in 1984, the “MIJ” (made in Japan) decade began and continued through 1994.
From 1994 until today, Fender Japan guitars are stamped with the “CIJ”(crafted in Japan) logo.
This went on for a number of years until it had become so popular that Fender was made aware of the situation and decidedto really take a look at what was going on in Japan.
After deliberately getting their hands on a few good copies, they were astonished (and probably really angry) about how accurate some of the copies were.