Across The Sea: Japanese Fender Instruments, 1982-1992

These early MIJ Fender instruments, while climbing in price, are still an excellent value (hell, they're 20-30 years old now - they're VINTAGE!).

Though most of them could benefit from a complete electronics upgrade (pickups, pots, and switches), the fit and finish are generally excellent, and in many cases, exceed that of their USA-made brethren.  

Here are a few that have passed through my clutches over the years. I especially love the double-bound Esquire Customs.

1986 Fender Esquire Custom

1985 Fender Telecaster Thinline '69 Reissue

 This 1985 Olympic White Stratocaster included a rare feature - a matching (yellowed out) headstock.

This 1985 Olympic White Stratocaster included a rare feature - a matching (yellowed out) headstock.

 1983 Squier Jazz Bass

1983 Squier Jazz Bass

1990 Fender Jaguar, which now belongs to my partner in noise.

1986 Fender Esquire Custom

1989 Fender Precision Bass, '62 Reissue

1985 Squier Stratocaster