Start Dating a japanese fender stratocaster

Dating a japanese fender stratocaster

I've tried tracking the history of my guitar, serial number etc.

During the 1980s Fender was making some very nice guitars under the Squire name. It truly rivals the MIJ Fender guitars of that time.

Does anybody know if this model was a re-issue of a particular vintage Fender Strat year??

-If- I had to make an semi-educated guess, I think that what good...again they're nearly, if not completely identical to the Fender labeled instruments from that era.

What -may- have happened is that Fender had Fuji Gen make "cheaper" Squiers so as to create a more substantial difference between the instruments and their respective lines.

I don't have any decent pics of the body on my '85 MIJ for comparison but please know that it's very similar to the pics that Paisley posted of his..has the steel "unstamped" saddles, etc. While the neck from the MIK was sold on a different body, I still have the MIK body and when you compare the workmanship to my '85 MIJ....there's simply no comparison.

That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.

It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.

According to the info here on, the T series serial number indicates that it is probably a '94 - '95 and to my eyes, the instrument does look consistent with that era.

The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.

That's not to say that the later MIJ's are bad, but the mid 80's E series instruments were really top notch instruments and from what I have been able to tell from my own research, were damned near identical to the Fender labeled MIJ instruments of that era (and I'll come back to this line of thought in just a moment).

Whether this is simply due to the wood used or how the respective instruments were taken care of, I can't really say specifically but the '92 MIK was clearly an inexpensive entry level guitar where as my '85 MIJ is a very serious instrument.