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Old 11-13-2008, 05:54 AM   #1
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Fender Japan vs Fender Mexico

Fender USA is out of the equation, their expense suggest that they use parts that are way expensive than these two makers.
Fender Japan is slightly more expensive than Mexico.

Honestly, which do you prefer?
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #2
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I thought Fender USA cost more because of labour...

I'm probably wrong though.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:17 AM   #3
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I thought Fender USA cost more because of labour...

I'm probably wrong though.

The overall craftmanship would add a bit, but the USA models have higher quality components, woods etc they contribute the most part
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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Fender Japan. I think their quality is pretty close to MIA. I also like the subtle design differences the Fender Japan guitars have.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:34 AM   #5
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Fender Japan. I think their quality is pretty close to MIA. I also like the subtle design differences the Fender Japan guitars have.


like what?
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:41 AM   #6
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I have a mexican strat and it has served me well for over 5 years. I would like an american tele but even my mexican tele is great. Until I have a reason to spend hundreds more, I'll stick with what I have.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:48 AM   #7
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The Fenders made for the Japanese market and the exported Japanese Fenders aren't the same. Which are you looking at?
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:53 AM   #8
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I didn't think that Japan Fenders were made anymore.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:26 AM   #9
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like what?


The body profiles can be slightly different, usually much closer to older Fenders.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:28 AM   #10
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I didn't think that Japan Fenders were made anymore.
http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/

Also, don't forget MIK Fenders ... some pretty good specs on some models like set necks (Teles and Basses), more common use of Ash, etc.

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Old 11-13-2008, 09:37 AM   #11
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Well, the newer mexican models have taken a dip in quality standards from what i hear, but the older mexicans are rather good and solid.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:51 AM   #12
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Well, the newer mexican models have taken a dip in quality standards from what i hear, but the older mexicans are rather good and solid.

That's interesting ... the newer MIMs that I play when visiting GC have been beasts: very nice frets, toggling the switches have been quiet affairs, etc. The bridge, for example, now comes with the beefier trem block, something you don't need to immediately upgrade .... which you need to with the older MIM Standard.

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That's interesting ... the newer MIMs that I play when visiting GC have been beasts: very nice frets, toggling the switches have been quiet affairs, etc. The bridge, for example, now comes with the beefier trem block, something you don't need to immediately upgrade .... which you need to with the older MIM Standard.



Looks like i'll be playing mexican strats when i head down to my local store next time to find out for myself

I find my mexican strat quite the same as what you have mentioned, but my strat has a Floyd Rose 2 bridge, which is quite sweet in my opinion, so not too worried bout upgrading it.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:15 AM   #14
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The Fenders made for the Japanese market and the exported Japanese Fenders aren't the same. Which are you looking at?


The Ones for the Japanese market I guess.
I never knew they were different.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:36 AM   #15
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O.K., let me clear this up for you.

Fender U.S.A.

I own a Fender U.S.A. American Deluxe Stratocaster

Here are the Pro's and Con's.

+ Great craftsmanship
+ Great sound
+ Some nice hardware as standard - mine had locking machine heads, an LSR Roller Nut, etc
+ It's a Fender made in America!
+ Top of the line as far as most people are concerned
+ Nice pickups - I got 2 Sam. Cobalt Noiseless singlecoils, and a Fender Atomic II (I think) humbucker at the bridge.

- You pay a lot just to have 'Made in U.S.A.' stamped on the neck bolt cover plate.
- It's not amazing sounding, just really nice.
- Finish is a little sketchy in places, especially near where the neck joins the body.

Fender Japan

I own a Fender Japan 1972 Re-Issue Stratocaster, which I had imported straight from Fender Japan, at my request.

Pro's and Con's.

+ Really nice neck - Just gorgeous!
+ Lovely maple on the headstock and back of the neck. Much nicer than my U.S.A.
+ Flawless finish
+ Top-notch craftsmanship
+ Great sound - Mine has Fender U.S. Vintage singlecoils as standard.

- The wiring/electrics on Japanese Fenders aren't as nice as the U.S.A.
- It doesn't have 'Made in U.S.A.' stamped on the headstock
- Getting them can be a pain, and when you do find a shop with some in, usually you don't have much choice among them


Fender Mexico

I have a Fender Mexico Standard Stratocaster

Pro's and Con's.

+ Pretty good value for money, especially when you look at the other stuff in that sort of low-end price range
+ The Fender logo on the headstock
+ Definitely sounds like a Strat should

- Dodgy finish
- Rubbish craftsmanship - The bridge on mine is about 4mm from where it should be!!
- Cheap neck - I really don't like the feel of it
- Cheap wood

Overall

I'm sticking with Fender Japan. My Japanese Strat (which I got AFTER my American Deluxe, because I wanted a guitar I didn't mind carrying around all day every day in a gigbag instead of a hardcase) easily kicks the crap out of both my American and my Mexico strat.

Best in class for the price, the finish, the sound, and the feel. Can't stress enough how pleased I am with mine, and I've had it over a year now - haven't played any other guitar since!

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