#1
I am selling my Fender Highway One HSS on ebay right now. I am going to buy another strat, but I am having trouble finding what is best.

I would really like a Fender Japan 57 RI strat. Does it matter when it was made? I have been looking for the JV ones, but they are so hard to find. Are the new ones still really good?

The new ones look so beautiful:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Stratocaster-Guitar-Reissue-1957-Made-in-Japan_W0QQitemZ160211699403QQihZ006QQcategoryZ25412QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I have also seen some lawsuit strats on ebay. I have been checking out a 1978 Greco lawsuit guitar. It is really cheap, but is it good?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Greco-Stratocaster-Strat-Lawsuit-1978-MIJ-Japan_W0QQitemZ300200650573QQihZ020QQcategoryZ33039QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I have also heard about Tokai. I don't even know where to begin with those though. There are a bunch of different names they give their strats like springy sound, silver star, etc. Which Tokai is good for hendrix/frusciante stuff? (aka vintage tones)

Out of all these, what is my best option?
Please let me know anything you can. Thanks
#2
The Tokai Springy Sound was by many considered to be better than CBS Fenders of the 1970's.

And Fender started making guitars in Japan specifically to compete with them. Japanese Fenders are really good, that's for sure.

Never heard a Tokai before, but a lot of people say they're amazing.
#3
i saw that greco on ebay. No idea if it's any good, but here's a link with some info: http://www.guitarsjapan.com/about.html (note, i have not been able to corroborate this info myself, i have no idea as to the accuracy). I haven't been able to try grecos, fernandeses etc.

any tokai MIJ fender copy i've tried has been sweet. The older ones are allegedly better; there's some good info here: http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-info.html

going by that link, it's not actually that hard to make a rough stab at dating a tokai fender copy, going by the headstock, serial number, etc.

what type of vintage tones are you after? a 50s-style strat, or 60s?
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what type of vintage tones are you after? a 50s-style strat, or 60s?


Well, I want hendrix and frusciante style tones. I want a 57 strat because of the maple neck.
#7
ok, cool. i just realised that's not the greco i saw on ebay, there was another one on UK ebay that I saw.

i'm not quite sure what to advise, as i haven't tried fender copies other than tokai. tokai should make '57 copies, if you check the serial number in that link i posted to the tokai registry. EDIT: according to http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-fender.html , you're looking at a 5-digit serial number on the neck plate, i think. that's for a 1956-1960 model. that's for the older 80s ones, too- i don't think the newer ones have serial numbers on the neck plate (could be wrong though).
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#8
I play a Japanese CIJ strat and find it to be awesome. I've heard something about MIJ strats from the 80's being better, but nothing definitive on that. Either way I doubt you could go wrong with a CIJ Fender.