I intend to build a reference for some of the guitars produced in Japan under the Fender name. Fender has never had
a production facility in Japan and Fender Japan is a separate entity from Fender USA. Several factories have been used to
produce these guitars it isn't my intention to go into this aspect at this time. There are many good reference books
and some web sites even have accurate information.
I have already covered Aerodyne Strats and Teles the next part of this project will
start with covering the vintage style stratocaster guitars produced in Japan,
it isn't correct to refer to these as reissues they are merely similar to the early strats. It is worth remembering
that Fender Japan is a law unto itself. They will produce variations on models on a whim or at the request of a dealer
so all sorts of strange guitars turn up. This isn't unique to Fender happens with a lot of Japanese manufacturers.
Stands for Extra Traditional. The range of guitars known as Extrad are high quality models intended to be very close
replicas of vintage guitars. If it is an Extrad it should have Extrad written on the back of the headstock or
by the serial number. However TCGakki whilst not clear suggest that some early models don't have Extrad written on.
I would be inclined to the view that if it doesn't say Extrad it isn't one You don't see to many of these.
You do see many advertised as Extrad which aren't and many people mistake the EX on the
neck pocket as Extrad whereas it's actual just Export.
These are the models I intend to cover over the next few months