#1
hi i'd like to know if any of you can tell if a japanese fender standard stratocaster will be a good buy. from what i know, it has a BASSWOOD body, maple neck and a maple/rosewood fingerboard. will the sound be any different from an american strat?
#2
Yeah. Basswood tends to scoop the sound a bit I believe, whereas Alder is a bit more middy. I think at least.
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#4
honestly i have no idea. haven't even gone to try it out. besides i'm rather picky bout the colour, i'm looking for a sunburst only
#5
yeah i played an early 80's jap strat not so long ago right after playing a more modern MIA, the MIJ blew it out of the water just a gorgeous guitar to play
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#6
i have a 1985 MIJ strat as you see in sig,WOW!! i love it!! check the forum for the thread with pics for it, search "what do you think about it" Comment
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#7
I have an MIJ made somewhere between '84-'87 (acutally my dad's, but i can use it as much as i want to) and we compared it to an American Vintage '62 Strat and the MIJ was just as good.
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#8
People bum the MIJs, apparently they are great. I have one question though: How do I get my hands on one? None of the current range are MIJ are they? All MIM and MIA, AFAIK.

So are they expensive to get, from the apparently golden 80's era? They raise my interest. I hear talk, good talk, but as is I haven't even seen one
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Ack, I want a MIJ so bad...
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#10
made in japan are definately a good buy man excellent build quality my mij blew right bymy mexican strat in build quality
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#11
very nice guitar.

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#12
Quote by Kurapica
Yeah. Basswood tends to scoop the sound a bit I believe, whereas Alder is a bit more middy. I think at least.



yeah im pretty sure basswood is middy.
http://www.suhrguitars.com/wood.aspx
now im defenatly(sp?) sure
http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_bodywoods.cfm
and again.

i like my basswood/flame maple top ibanez, but i spose that is just me.
but i do hear those mij starts are the shiz, if i get a strat ill be defenatly(sp?) be looking for one.
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#15
they are not expensive, i bought mine for 500 USD
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Quote by Kurapica
Yeah. Basswood tends to scoop the sound a bit I believe, whereas Alder is a bit more middy. I think at least.

..Scoop? As in scoop the mids? Not at all. Alder is more focused to the treble side of things, and Basswood tends to be focused in the mids. A great tonewood, if you ask me. Cuts through the mix.
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older MIJ strats, up until the 1987 era, are great high quality guitars. they are equivelant to modern day americans. I own MIA, MIJ and older koreans and I love them all. can you post pics of the one your looking at or serial number? im always looking for more MIJ strats


What happens to the MIJ strats after '87? Would an '89 MIJ be a lot worse then an '87? (I have a chance to buy a '89 ).
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What happens to the MIJ strats after '87? Would an '89 MIJ be a lot worse then an '87? (I have a chance to buy a '89 ).

I would be interested to know as well. I have an 84-87 MIJ Strat (according to the serial info on fender's website) Is there any way to tell if it is basswood or alder?
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older MIJ strats, up until the 1987 era, are great high quality guitars


I just bought a 1988 MIJ strat. Does that mean it isn't as high quality? lol


It's the best guitar I've ever played. I definately recommend MIJ fenders.
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#21
I have a 93. they are not all the same. some are better then others. I've had three mij's ,a mim and a mia.The mia had the best build quality overall.finish,pickups,hardware.But this mij is the one i would pick up and play. It has the best feel and tone of any of my strats. Lovely resonant body,rolled edged neck. It's the only one I've kept. .I'd still like a mia if I can find a good one.
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What happens to the MIJ strats after '87? Would an '89 MIJ be a lot worse then an '87? (I have a chance to buy a '89 ).


I'd like to know too