Bill Alston

Fender Stratocasters Japan

Introduction

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.

Extrad

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.

The models
These are the models I intend to cover over the next few months
ST 54
Page largely completed see
ST 54 Series
ST 57
Not yet started big range of models
ST 62
A lot of work done on it mostly complete link
The ST62s
ST 58 range
Completed see
The ST 58s
ST 67-95
Done Link is
Other 60s style strats
ST 68-85TX
Done Link is
Other 60s style strats
ST 71 range
Complete for now
The ST 71s
ST 72
Not yet started a few models
ST 80
Not yet started