#1
I went down to guitar center the other day and bought a 1988 Made in japan fender strat for $520 out the door. I figured i could just bring it back if I found out I paid to much. Here are the pics,

http://s161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/Alex9084/1988%20fender%20stratocaster%20with%20noiseless%20pickups/

Around how much is this 1988 Made in Japan Fender Stratocaster worth? It has upgraded pickups, which are similar to the Eric Clapton model of the same year. very very slightly rusted bridge, a few worn down frets, pickgurd was replaced with a cheaper one I think, no fender sticker on back, and a few very very small dings. Everything works perfectly on it. I've been looking all over and cant figure it out.

Please look at the pics.
#2
$520 for a MIJ strat is way too much. $250 max for that. Get your money back or get a store credit.
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#3
yeah, take that back and get an american one on craigslist for that amount
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So are mexican stratocasters generally more expensive than japanese ones?
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pretty sure the order ons trat prices is japanese to mexican to usa from lowest to highest
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So are mexican stratocasters generally more expensive than japanese ones?
This is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand... But when the hell did I say what you've got quoted in your sig? lol
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#7
The MIJ and MIM strats are about the same. Although generally MIJ sell for a little more because they are sought after.
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This is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand... But when the hell did I say what you've got quoted in your sig? lol


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#12
TS, the Japanese strats are usually a lot better than the Mexican strats.
For a period they were just as good as the American strats.
Check things out further, what you have there is a quality piece of gear.
A lot of these guys don't know what they're talking about...
#13
^ I agree, the MIJ strats are alot better than the MIM strats, its not even a opinion, its pertty much fact. Didnt they stop making strats in Japan because they where becomeing better than the MIA strats?

But anyway, your prolly got a really good price on that guitar. Also, I noticed in on of the pictures, that the neck looked like it bowed in on itself from the sides. I might just be crazy , but idk.
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^ I agree, the MIJ strats are alot better than the MIM strats, its not even a opinion, its pertty much fact. Didnt they stop making strats in Japan because they where becomeing better than the MIA strats?

But anyway, your prolly got a really good price on that guitar. Also, I noticed in on of the pictures, that the neck looked like it bowed in on itself from the sides. I might just be crazy , but idk.


Yup.
Some MIM's are up to the same standard, but not the standards, that's for damn sure.
Also, you are correct. Japanese guitars in general are very high quality, and the Japanese Fender Strats are very sought after from those "In the know".
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$520 for a MIJ strat is way too much. $250 max for that. Get your money back or get a store credit.

are you kidding?

$520 is a decent enough price, especially for one made in the late 80's...it's probably better than the MIA strats that were being made around that time. A Japanese Fender is far superior to a MIM and the same standard as a USA Fender, they stopped selling then outside of Japan because the of that reason but still make them for the Japanese market.
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Overall: Japanese guitars > American guitars. That's just how it is...
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Overall: Japanese guitars > American guitars. That's just how it is...
I'll second that for the most part. If I were looking for a Strat I'd be trying to find a MIJ before an American.
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#21
I agree. Keep it! I need to get me a strat someday too.
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#22
Everything before Jilax's post is garbage. From there one it seems wise people have posted.

Japanese quality is very good. The reason fender have stopped japanese production for the american market was because they competed far too well. It'll be a great guitar and its a great price too. Looks nice too.
#23
MiJ Strats are awesome guitars, I paid £295 for mine and it was in bad condition, 1986. I love them, it's better than any MiJ strat i've ever played.
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#24
Ive noticed a buzzing sound while using the first second and third frets. I looked at the frets and they are worn down pretty good(you can see it in some photos) and was just wondering if I should spend the money getting new frets or just get rid of it.


***Its about $150 for fixing a few frets?***